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Old 02-25-2013, 11:55 AM   #1
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Default Brake questions

Hey guys, I have a question related to brake upgrades. Now I've been reading everything (including the brake super-sticky), but I need some outside advice.

Front brakes - Currently running stock 04rs brakes with stoptech street pads, stoptech ss lines, and superblue fluid (will change to ate)

Want to swing to either wrx brackets (larger rotor, same caliper/pads), or wrx 4 pot. Obviously one is much cheaper than the other. However I keep hearing about how important pedal feel is. I auto-x (8-9 events), and I'll do 2-3 track days this year). Any input is appreciated

Rear - same as front (stock, stoptech, stoptech, superblue)

So my choices are either h6 (need brackets (using racing brake ones so I can reuse my pads)), or lgt (calipers/pads).

Feel will be the same, the heat capacity though will be different. Also from what I understand, the lgt pads are larger so stronger? I run 15" steelies in the winter with 15mm spacers, and some people say it'll clear, others say no.

I know brakes are only as useful as your tires, and I'll be running 215/45/17 federal 595evo, so they should grip well enough.

So brake guru's, help me out. Thanks.
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Old 02-25-2013, 02:00 PM   #2
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Odds are you will be swapping pads between street/autox and track days. The stoptech pads will be fine for the former, but you'll have to look elsewhere for the track days IMO. You'll want something that will take the heat.

The WRX 4pots add no heat capacity, but do aid in feel and do move a bit of bias rearward. Also make pads changes easier too. This can fit under some 15" wheels and 16" wheels. LGT brakes will not IIRC.

The H6 rear upgrade is a good first step IMO, and a very inexpensive upgrade. Almost a must do from day one.

I do think with some proper prep and logic, you can do quite well on WRX sized brakes with occasional track days. Anything else, will require a big jump to larger brakes.
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