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Old 07-18-2001, 11:49 AM   #1
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I'm looking for a the quickest and cheapest way to increase my braking power. Seems like adding the braided lines and some new pads would do the trick...for now. Has anyone installed these? What did the lines do for you?
Does anyone have a pad recommendation? I need something for the street and a bit of AutoXing.
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Old 07-18-2001, 12:48 PM   #2
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SS braded lines DO NOT expand when you step on your brakes. And since it does not expand like ruber stock one does all the brake fluid is actually being directed to calipers producing clamping power razer than being waisted for line expansion.

Better pads are more grippy and less temperature affected than stockers. This on its own would gain you some serious benefits.

If you are interested I am hosting a group buy on lines and pads. check it out.

http://www.i-club.com/forums/showthr...threadid=72467

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Old 07-18-2001, 01:01 PM   #3
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The stainless lines will give you a little firmer pedal with a little less mush, but the big culprit there is the dual-stage brake booster. I have installed the STi 4-Pots, but I can still help in tha pad area....

I left the stock pads that came with the 4-Pots in when I originally installed them. Went to a track day about 2 months later and after that, the brakes felt HORRIBLE. So before the most recent Auto-X, I replaced the stock pads with Mintex 1155's. When I took out the old pads, I found that they were ALL filled with numerous cracks and one actually had a gouge out of the center of the pad (probably from the slotted rotors hitting the crack). They were completely shot. The upside was that the rotors showed very little wear.

After flushing the brake fluid with ATE Type 200, and installing the Mintex pads, the braking was improved SO MUCH. Probably a lot becasue the old pads were so wrecked, but I KNOW these pads work great, and I'd highly recommend them. Be warned, they will wear the rotor out quicker because they're more abrasive, and they do generate some noise at low speeds when they're cold, but the performance is worth it.

Oh...and definitely change the brake fluid to something with a higher boiling point. I use ATE Super Blue and Type 200 (same fluid, just gold in color). The stock fluid is crap.

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Changing to a single stage brake booster will NOT increase braking performance/power, only the feel of the brakes.

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Who mentioned anything about a Single Stage Brake booster?
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Old 07-18-2001, 03:15 PM   #6
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Indirectly, you did . Brainofjjj asked "I'm looking for a the quickest and cheapest way to increase my braking power" and you replied "but the big culprit there is the dual-stage brake booster." Granted I'm about 99% certain you were talking about "feel" but I didnt' want him to think the swap improved actual braking ability/performance .
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Old 07-18-2001, 03:25 PM   #7
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Thanks for the question Braino, I'm also interested in the answers.

Are their any pads that won't damage the rotors while still giving a good grip?
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Old 07-18-2001, 04:42 PM   #8
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Thanks for all the input. I figured that was the idea with the lines. I'm probably going to install them soon, before I take a driving class in Sept.....brake pads too. I figure it's best to do that and some suspension mods b4 power.
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