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Old 09-28-2003, 01:57 PM   #1
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05 FXT/01 OB/97 OB

Default Brake reccomendations?

Ok, thread 2342355 on this subject.

1997 Legacy OB (big heavy wagon)
The brakes are the same as the RS (GC) brakes.

I'm having major dusting problems, as well as lifespan issues, with the crap that's on there now (my mom thought she was doing me a favor by taking it to Big O for a brake job )

So, without caliper swaps, what kind of decent options do I have for street brakes?

What pads are relatively low-noise, low dust, and decent performing, and what should I look for rotor-wise? I'm just going to do all four corners, pads and rotors.

Any advice is appreciated. Trying to keep it low-budget, so while 4 pots would be nice, I'm pretty much just lookign at repacement parts.
Same goes for the WRX rotors, it's $200+ just for the front rotors/brackets, and then I still need rear rotors and pads all around. Should I even worry about the backs, for as much as they do? My fronts are the real problem.....
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Old 09-28-2003, 06:04 PM   #2
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92 Legacy turbo5mt
All go and no show...


Check out these sites for your fronts. www.buybrakes.com
and www.drivewire.com You may want to look into cryo-treating your rotors if you're going through them real quick.
Is your car a 4eat?
I've heard a lot of good things about Axxis pads, they come highly recommended by others.
For your rears, I'm not totally sure about compatability (caliper support bracket mounting bolt locations) but if you can I would try and get rear calipers and rotors off a wrecked 91-94 Legacy turbo. They are vented and many consider them better then the OEM WRX rears. . Better rears will take some strain off your fronts too, so IMO they're important.
I'm not sure but the front OEM Legacy turbos calipers may be better then your stock ones too. Something to think about and they fit under 15" wheels.
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Old 09-29-2003, 09:20 AM   #3
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1990 Legacy & 97 OBS


Get cryo-treated rotors. I highly recommend www.onecryo.com

As for pads, axxis has some good, low-cost pads, however they aren't dustless.

If you want no dusting pads....buy OEM.

As for the turbo legacy rear brakes.....don't worry about them. Unless you're tracking the car, there will be pretty much zero gains. If I had it to do all over again, I would've done the H6 rear brake swap rather then the vented rear turbo legacy swap.
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