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Old 08-31-2007, 12:10 AM   #1
morrocco88
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I posted this on the general brakes and suspension forum, but i thought i would try with my fellow legacy brethren. I have searched and read everything I could but still have a question.

I bought loaded calipers for a 2001 Legacy, and it has the bracket on it. I also got the rotors, and I know the dust shield needs to be removed, but my question is if the piston is any bigger than my stock caliper, because I measured them and they seem to be the same size, so is the upgrade just a larger rotor? I read in the sticky, that the 02 and up wrx have the same caliper but just need the bracket to space the caliper further for the larger rotor, but is the 97 LGT caliper not compatible with the H6 bracket or something?

The sticky says that the 99-04 calipers are different from the 90-99, but they look almost identical other than the bracket. I just thought that the 99-04 calipers were supposed to be better (larger piston) along with being able to run the larger rotor, but it seems as if it is just the larger rotor, and compatibility with the bracket. Is this correct?
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Old 08-31-2007, 01:09 AM   #2
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Well, I'm not entirely sure when the switch was made to the larger rear piston on all cars, but I can say for certain that your rear pistons are the same size as the H6 ones. And no, your caliper won't attach to that bracket. The change that happened somewhere around 98/99 concerned how the caliper attaches to the bracket, not the piston area. Even an old 90 Legacy wagon has the same size rear brake pistons and rotors as an 05 wrx.
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Old 08-31-2007, 01:11 AM   #3
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I don't know about piston sizes, but the older calipers are completely incompatible with the newer caliper brackets. You'll see when you take the old stuff off.
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Old 08-31-2007, 10:28 AM   #4
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ok thanks. So it is just compatability with the bracket. I do have the new calipers with bracket, but i wanted to make sure before I started smoothing the castings, and painting things. So the larger rotor is supposed to be a big improvement huh? I know it gives the caliper more leverage, but i just thought it would be a bigger caliper along with the lager diameter rotor.

Thanks for the quick replies. I'm going to tear everything apart real soon. here is the list of early Christmas goodies to go on.

H&R sport springs
KYB GR2's
wrx front brakes
H6 rears
SS brake lines
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Old 08-31-2007, 10:33 AM   #5
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I did just the WRX fronts initially, then a few weeks later did the H6 rears. The car felt noticeably better under heavy braking (track and auto-x) with the H6 rears added into the mix.
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Old 08-31-2007, 11:37 PM   #6
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Thats good to hear that it made a noticeable difference. I'm pretty excited to get everything put on. It will be hard to tell what did what since I'm doing so much all at once. Should be a huge upgrade to the way the car handles.
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