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Old 07-14-2003, 04:58 PM   #1
Ferg
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Default Ferg's Poor Man's "Big" Brake Upgrade...

Since spending close to $1,700 for a nice set of StopTechs is out of the question for quite some time, I thought upgrading the existing brake components on my WRX would be the next best thing.

First thing was to decide on a pad and rotor combination, and after much research and discussion I chose some DBA Series 650 Kangaroo Paw rotors with Porterfield R4S pads.

Next was to install some Goodridge stainless steel brake lines and speed-bleeders to make life easier. Some Motul RBF 600 fluid was next, and with the speed-bleeders the once painful chore of flushing out the old fluid and bleeding in the new was made quick and almost spill free.

All the parts installed without any drama and their fit and finish are top notch. Thanks to Oaks Automotive (speed-bleeders), Nino's Auto Accesorries (rotors), Porterfield (pads and fluid), and Irvine Subaru (brake lines), for being fantastic vendors. And of course a big thanks to Mr. Austin for all the help with the install and set up. Sorry about the brake fluid in the eye...and the WD40 in the mouth...

I had installed the pads last week to bed them in properly, then the rotors a few days ago to get a head start on seasoning them. Already with just those two pieces I could tell a huge difference in how the car behaved under braking. Now with the improved fluid, stainless brake lines, and a MRT brake master cylinder (installed on a whim last year...) I can defnately feel a significant improvement in both stopping power and pedal feel. The car stops quick and the pedal is firm and consistant. Although this setup probably wouldn't cut it for very long on a track-day (the small stock sized rotors simply aren't going to dissapate that much heat), for spirited road driving and autocrossing it should perform perfectly.

Total spent on brake upgrade, about $500.00 for everything including the fluid. Plus I can still use my stock wheels for winter.

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Old 07-14-2003, 07:12 PM   #2
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over that time were you on the same tires?
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Old 07-14-2003, 07:18 PM   #3
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I was, standard issue RE92s
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Old 07-15-2003, 08:39 AM   #4
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Default Ferg's Poor Man's "Big" Brake Upgrade v1.1

I went a similar route.
dba 5010 two piece in the front, dba slotted in the rear.
Carbotech pads all around and stainless lines.

I am very happy. I agree with Ferg, unless you are building a full race car, the stock calipers with upgraded components is all you need.
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