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Old 07-23-2002, 09:10 PM   #1
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Got the front brake upgrade done a couple of weeks ago, and just got the pics back today. This is an easy and cheap upgrade for pre-my03 Forester owners. All parts Subaru OE. The Brake feel and stopping is noticably better that before.

Original Rotors 10.7", new rotors 11.4"

Parts I used:
1 x 26296AE081 - WRX front brake kit
2 x 26225AE000 - WRX front caliper bracket
2 x 26310AC041 - WRX front rotor

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Old 07-24-2002, 12:30 AM   #2
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How much did it cost you for the "cheap" upgrade?
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Old 07-24-2002, 08:54 AM   #3
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Cost me about $600 CDN. That would be $300 - $400 US for you.

I was looking to replace rotors and pads anyways, so the only additional expense to me was the brackets which were about $95 CDN each.


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Old 07-24-2002, 11:55 AM   #4
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Tony - did you get the parts from your friendly local Subaru dealer or did you order them from somehwere?

Cheers.
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Old 07-24-2002, 12:57 PM   #5
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yes, got the parts from my "friendly local Subaru dealer "
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Old 07-24-2002, 08:12 PM   #6
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How about the actual swap. Was it a remove/replace operation OR were some mods required to put it back together.
This is a very interesting mod and is an ideal one to document for us in a step by step fashion.......unless it is truly just a straight forward brake job.................THANKS!
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Old 07-24-2002, 08:38 PM   #7
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Subaru is pretty cool in that with the brackets, the mounting holes are the same on all their cars. Pretty much, all of their suspension parts are interchangable. They may be the wrong spring rate or strut valving for your application, but it'll fit.

My friend and I did the same sort of swap on his Impreza L. Got the rotors, calipers, and brackets from a Legacy and bolt-bolt-bolt it was done. Easy as pie.
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Old 07-24-2002, 09:33 PM   #8
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Straight parts swap.

The rears, on the other hand require modification to the dust shield to get the larger H6 rotors to fit.
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Old 07-25-2002, 12:42 PM   #9
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Looks great!

If you think brake feel is improved, wait til you try stainless steel lines. Or did you already have those?

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Old 07-25-2002, 02:19 PM   #10
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I don't have those yet
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Old 07-25-2002, 09:27 PM   #11
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You're gonna love your brakes when you do finally get the stainless steel lines. IMHO, they do the most for improving the solidity of the brake pedal. As for the WRX bits, I wonder if you're gonna get the "groovy rotors" problems that so many WRX's have had.

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Old 07-28-2002, 11:54 AM   #12
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Question stock S slloys fit?

Tony what size wheel are you using and does this brake set up still allow the stock S Alloy wheels to fit? My buddy who regularly runs canyons out here in L.A. at night has this set up with mintex pads and loves it. I was thinking of using DBA gold rotors with this set up. what do you think?
~ferretboy resting after a 100 mile canyon run
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Old 07-28-2002, 12:41 PM   #13
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Your car is coming along nicely. I like your new wheels.
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Old 07-28-2002, 02:31 PM   #14
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DO: thanks. It will make it easier for you to spot me around town

ferretboy: I am using 16x7 +42 wheels. I assume that my stock wheels will fit. I have not tried. There should not be an offset problem as these are the same brakes that come on a WRX which has a stock wheel of 16x6.5 +55. I'll check next time I feel like taking the wheel off.


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Old 07-29-2002, 05:11 AM   #15
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Putting on 4 pot brakes from the WRX will not work with stock Forester alloys (16 * 6.5 with offset +48).
However, using the 7 inch wide alloys should not cause a problem.
The design of spokes may still cause a problem in the end so best take your car to a wheel dealer and do a wheel swap before it ends in tears.

Looks like the brakes in these pictures are 2 pots with a distancing bracket to cope witht he bigger rotors.

Wait a few months and you may see 4 pots on the market from people upgrading or crashing!
The 4 pots will fit straight on the hub carrier without any additonal brackets or work.

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Old 07-29-2002, 11:16 AM   #16
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The brakes in the pic have the original 2-pot caliper. The US spec WRX comes with the same 2-pot caliper not the 4-pot one like in the UK.


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Old 08-30-2002, 07:42 AM   #17
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Wait a few months and you may see 4 pots on the market from people upgrading or crashing!
US WRX's have 2 pots in the front not 4 pot fixed calipers. Plus the 4 pots will not fit under the the US WRX stock wheels either. Look here:

http://www.scoobymods.com/forums/sho...=&threadid=349

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Old 08-30-2002, 10:44 AM   #18
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Good grief

So what you're saying is that the US WRX has the same 2 pot brakes as a non turbo Forester, albeit with a distancing bracket for a rotor thats 0.7" bigger.
Sounds like Subaru US don't understand how the WRX is going to be driven.

The very same 2 pots on the old pre 1998 Turbo Impreza in the UK are bad enough.

Put them on the new (heavier) WRX and theres gonna be plenty of whining from owners that they warp, wear out quickly, fade, just aren't up to the job..etc etc.

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Old 08-30-2002, 12:08 PM   #19
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That would be correct. Hence all the thread in the Suspension, Brake & Wheel forum about brake upgrades.
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Old 08-30-2002, 12:14 PM   #20
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There's other sections??
All you need in life is the Forester threads

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