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Old 05-16-2005, 06:25 PM   #39
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Originally Posted by Davenow

So anyway, two questions
1. Do you think I am just imagining that my car stops harder with the new setup than the old? And what is giving me that impression if so?
2. What can I do to get the car stopped faster? Or am I just looking at going wider/stickier on the tires?
Well, the answer to your first question depends on a few things. What 4-pots did you put on the front? If you added front bias because the pistons are too big, it will definitely FEEL like it's braking harder, because the nose will dive down more. If the pistons are sized correctly, the simple fact that you've got much better pedal feel can make it feel like you're stopping considerably harder.

Consider this. Decreasing stopping distance from 60-0mph by 6-10 feet with a brake upgrade is considered a MAJOR improvement over stock in the braking industry. I'm not sure that anyone can feel that difference. So when people say their brakes stop so much harder than stock and they haven't upgraded tires, the first thing I think of is too much front bias.

The only way to significantly decrease your stopping distance is to put stickier tires on the car or drastically increase downforce. Period. Anyone that tells you otherwise is is lying to you or doesn't know what they are talking about.

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