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Old 05-29-2002, 06:41 PM   #1
Fred
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06 STi, 02 WRX
94 Open Light 2.5RS

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WRX front rotors, Legacy rear rotors, Goodridge stainless steel lines, Porterfield R4S pads, and Motul RBF600:

Feels like a totally different braking system from stock. I had a 94 Prelude before this car, and the brakes' "feel" SUCKED MY PUCKER! compared to the brakes on the Impreza as stock. The comparison of the Impreza and the Prelude holds for the modified Impreza vs. stock.

The order I did it in: rotors, then lines/fluid, then pads. Didn't notice much difference with just the rotors, but it was nice knowing that I had raised my heat tolerance level (by a little). Planning ahead for the pads - didn't want to kill the stock rotors at the Dragon. The pedal height was raised by the new lines by at least a couple of inches under hard braking, making matching revs when downshifting much easier. But the pads still weren't grabbing hard enough. Then when I put the R4S pads on, the cold braking power increased somewhat (they grab harder than stock pads). But after a few stops, they heat up and BAM! it takes no effort to get the ABS involved.

Stock, I would have my knee up against my left leg when braking, and I was reaching up for the throttle. With rotors and lines, I was about level except under really hard braking. Now after a few hard stops to warm up the pads, my knee is a little to the right as I'm reaching down for the throttle.

I drove VERY HARD (as in involving the ABS on every corner) for probably up to 2 minutes at a time on the Dragon, and the brakes loved it. Never had any fade or smoke, but there was a LOT of dust (see the before/after photos in the pics thread on SE forum). Realized how badly I need to swap shocks and springs, with all of the nosediving going on.

Total cost of this package was $812.02 including shipping. I installed everything myself. I am now finished with brake modifications until something wears out.

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Fred
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Old 06-02-2002, 05:56 PM   #2
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2002 Subaru 2.5RS

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Old 06-03-2002, 08:55 AM   #3
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I got the rotors and caliper brackets at www.subaruparts.com

I got the lines at www.boxer4racing.com

I got the pads at www.subaruwrxparts.com

I got the fluid at Auto Sport Gallery in Raleigh, NC

Somebody might sell a package that includes everything I got, but I don't know who they are.

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