Hi, I haven't been on here a lot in a couple years and just stumbled on this thread.
Great write-up, curious to see some of the posts in the 21 or so pages.
I agree with the 1st post, 100%.
For street use, most brake systems are perfectly fine UNLESS you really don't know how to use them.
Yes, tires (and proper inflation....) make a bigger difference.
Not carrying around lots of extra weight also helps....all other things being equal.
I run basically stock brakes (rotors were replaced at one point, nothing special) with SS lines and nice semi-metallic pads.
Yes, I can get brake fade. Usually that is either:
-Running in the hills
-Driving waaayyyyyy too fast on public roads
The pads I run have a consistent feel.
The SS lines improve the SYSTEM a bit since the 1998 ABS systems had a strange pulse that rubber lines aggravated. The SS lines changed the pulse frequency which helped.
I learned to drive in a 1968 Plymouth Fury III with a small V-8, bias ply tires and 4 wheel drum brakes. You LEARNED to manage brakes to help fight fade.
I like others that run some BBK's. They added rotational mass (hurts performance) and weight on the wrong end of the springs (which hurts handling). It helps even out the performance.