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Old 10-19-2004, 02:05 AM   #1
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Default ABS or no ABS in autocross w/non-stock brakes?

I would like to hear from people who run non-stock brake calipers, and I would to know whether or not you disable your ABS when autocrossing and why. I right now am using STi non-Brembo 4-pots in the front, and H6 Legacy brakes in the rear, and I feel like my ABS is going on too early/ being intrusive. Has anyone else with a similar setup experienced this? Then again, it might just be my bald Azenis .

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Old 10-19-2004, 07:22 AM   #2
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I used to think my ABS was coming on too early. Untill I pulled the fuse & realized I was just expecting way too much from them, as I locked up all four tires & slid off course

Just try it, then you will know for sure.
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Old 10-19-2004, 09:13 AM   #3
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If you aren't used to driving a car with no ABS then it's going to take some getting used to. You can't just stomp on the brakes because you will lock them up, a lot easier than you think. It's probably easier to modulate the brakes with the ABS around than not.
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Old 10-19-2004, 11:28 AM   #4
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In our group of 20 or so AX'ing Suby ... the WRX's all seem to pull their ABS fuse, with stock or after market brakes or pads. The ABS comes on too early and obtrusively ... STI ABS seems O.K. Not sure if the ABS has been re-calibrated on the '04 WRX's ...
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Old 10-19-2004, 12:07 PM   #5
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I found my '99 RS ABS to be very competent and far better than driving without assuming you were fully acclimated to both. I also noticed that the proportioning goes to hell when you disable ABS.

Subaru ABS has definitely been changed and tweaked over the years, so I would think other 98-01 RSs are going to be the best comparison for you. What the WRX and STi are experiencing isn't necessarily all that relevant.
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Old 10-19-2004, 06:32 PM   #6
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I used to think my ABS was coming on too early. Untill I pulled the fuse & realized I was just expecting way too much from them, as I locked up all four tires & slid off course

Just try it, then you will know for sure.

LOL I tried that too last year in my ESP F Body (the abs likes to freak out in those too) and wound up boiling the front tires.
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Old 10-19-2004, 06:48 PM   #7
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Brakes....You wimps use the brakes....
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Old 10-19-2004, 11:45 PM   #8
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I sometimes pull the abs fuse depending on the course. When ABS is disabled, the car turns in better under trail braking me thinks =) However, one of our local course is pretty dusty and I have better braking performance leaving the abs on. On a stright line braking, you can't outthink the computer =)
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Old 10-19-2004, 11:45 PM   #9
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if your nto used to it you'll be locking them up all the time. i ran all last season with abs on and know how to handle the car with it so i'm faster with it on casue i know how it reacts.

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Old 10-20-2004, 12:54 AM   #10
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there's a reason Lambos, ferraris, porsches, and every other high performance sports car comes with ABS standard.
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Old 10-20-2004, 03:02 AM   #11
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Just checked with one of our top drivers ... 2nd in PAX at the last event out of 125 drivers ... he doesn't disconnect his ABS with his '00 Impreza ...
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Old 10-21-2004, 01:02 AM   #12
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Brakes....You wimps use the brakes....
No,My nickname to some is Conebasher.
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