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Old 10-10-2001, 12:11 AM   #1
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Default brake upgrade for 95 L?

I know I could put some RS rear disc brakes on my car, but since the front brakes do about 90% of the actual stopping, I'll leave the rears alone. Plus, I've heard that better rear brakes will upset the braking bias and make the car take longer to stop.
I'm not looking to buy a whole kit costing a ton of money though. I don't need anything extra special to stop an underpowered lightweight car. What would be a good rotor/pad combo to upgrade to? If it makes any difference, my car is FWD. Any other FWD owners upgrade their brakes?
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Old 10-10-2001, 03:55 AM   #2
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If I had the money, i'd get a pair of front stock WRX brakes... Ive seen them going for $200 or less.

But, of course, you need bigger rims, unless you already have some.
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Old 10-10-2001, 11:07 AM   #3
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I'm with Kosta, best bang for your buck. And use some good fluid as well. And bleed it correctly. And consider some SS lines. Youll be good to go...er stop.
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Old 10-10-2001, 01:07 PM   #4
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i just upgraded mine...
changed pads and lines... on my 95 FWD rally car...

that's all that we are ALLOWED to do by class rules, and i feel that's all i NEED to do... at this time....

steel braided lines (i can get you these for around $100)
and metal masters - axxis repco pads... see www.get-primitive.com

good luck!
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Old 10-10-2001, 09:13 PM   #5
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Yeah WRX brakes and 13" steelies probably don't go well together. Better brakes won't make a whole lot of difference while I'm running on stock steelies and ultra crap tires. I guess some RS or WRX rims should come before a brake upgrade.
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Old 10-11-2001, 03:45 AM   #6
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Yup

Now I have to charge you for the idea cause I need money so I can do it myself J/K
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Old 10-11-2001, 09:10 AM   #7
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First off, what size tires are you currently running? Tire Rack's automated tire finder comes up with "165/-13" which doesn't tell me much.

Anyway, if you want to keep the cost as low as possible, I would say go for some 15" Legacy/Outback wheels like this:

Those wheels are pretty plentiful because they came on the lower model Legacys for a couple years, and also on the Outbacks, and I think they may have even been optional on the Impreza for a couple years. Anyway, there's lots of them out there (check the salvage yards) and they'll clear the stock 2.5RS/2.5GT brakes. The WRX brakes would be better, but the slightly smaller 2.5RS/2.5GT brakes will be more than sufficient for your lighter, underpowered car.

Once you have those bigger wheels, get yourself some rotors, calipers, pads, and caliper brackets and you should be good to go. Might as well get some front stainless steel lines while you're at it, I guess. For rotors, talk to Diversified Cryogenics www.frozenrotors.com - they can get you plain Brembo OEM-sized rotors for $49 (which is nearly 50% cheaper than Subaru OEM rotors). For calipers and brackets, talk to one of the Subaru salvage yards. I've been to F&S Auto Salvage www.fandsauto.com here in CT once, and they literally had two 55gal drums full of 2.5RS/2.5GT front calipers. I vaguely recall that there's a Subaru salvage yard in GA, but I'm not sure on that. Of course, you can also just prowl the Private Classifieds looking for people that have upgraded to 4 pots and just buy all the parts from them - getting everything from one source would certainly be easier.

That's what I would suggest. Definitely gotta start with the wheels.

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Old 10-11-2001, 10:26 AM   #8
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Thumbs up yep... he's right...

Pat has a good point on those wheels...i just bought a set last week for the rally car.... they are S T R O N G and dont look too shabby either....

slap on some Legacy GT brakes (the best NA brakes i've seen/felt to date) and you'll be good to go!

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