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Old 08-31-2001, 06:55 PM   #1
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Thumbs up 4-pot front brake kit from Troncalli/sugar

First Impressions:
Pick up the box, and WOW, this stuff is heavy. UPS label said 25 pounds, but it felt like more than that. The rotors are smaller than I imagined they'd be, but the calipers... They're bloody huge! And heavy! Everything was packaged in the original Subaru boxes and there was no damage.

Not hard, but it took me a lot longer than it should have. Make sure you get the correct caliper on the correct side (easy clue- the bleeder screw goes on the top), or you'll never be able to bleed the system properly. Really, there's only two bolts that you have to take off, plus the brake line. Sugar's kit supplies the correct splash shields, which is nice, since the stock ones will rub on the rotors. If I had one complaint about this kit, I would say that the total lack of instructions might make it tough for the first timer. There's several little clips/brackets, and their correct locations aren't readily apparent. Also, there is one clip that is not included with this kit that goes over the two pins and stabilizes the pads. It appears to be nothing more than an anti-rattle clip, and my brakes seem to work fine without it. I'm going to try to find it anyway.

My brake system consists of these fronts, Goodridge lines all around, vented rear rotors and single pot caliper from a Legacy turbo, single stage brake booster (came stock, how nice! ), and NAPA heavy duty DOT 4 fluid. The front Goodridge lines and these brakes went on at the same time, and they made the most difference of any brake mod I've made so far. There's very little pedal travel before the brakes bite, and it's very firm when they do. I haven't tested fade resistance yet, but I don't think my car has enough power to begin stressing my setup. Finally, these brakes just look cool. That caliper with the SUBARU lettering poking through the wheel spokes just looks awesome.

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Old 09-08-2001, 07:21 PM   #2
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Yeah I love the four pots too. Hey how'd you get your wheels like that? I think that looks awesome. I wonder if you can do that to the MY00 wheels? How'd you do it. Do you have any more pics?

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Old 09-09-2001, 12:59 AM   #3
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How much did the setup cost you? Are they the WRX calipers and rotors? I have been thinking about trying to put on a set of the WRX rotors and calipers on my RS.
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Old 09-09-2001, 02:47 PM   #4
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After driving on this setup for a couple weeks, I have to say that I love it even more. No fade problems, and it's still quite easy to modulate the brakes to avoid lockup (no ABS). The OEM pads do dust quite a bit, though, but I guess that's the price you pay.

I bought those wheels from Tirerack back before everyone realized how great the OE wheels really are and the market price went through the roof. They were originally gold, but I stripped off the gold, polished them up, and powdercoated them clear. Unfortunately, I really can't recommend doing this, simply because it takes so much time. But if you have lots of time on your hands, go for it. I think it looks great. The wheels were REALLY dirty when I took this pic, though... They're a lot shinier than they look here. Go to my web site and then click on "Wheels and Tires" for more information on the process and more pics. Also, I don't see any reason why you couldn't do this to MY00 wheels.

They're not US WRX calipers, but overseas WRXs (specifically STi models) have had these calipers for years. I think the discs are the same as the MY01 US WRXs, but there's no US model to get the calipers from. I haven't researched it myself, but from what I've read, if you get these calipers and pads, you can get the rotors from any Subaru dealership and put your own kit together. My brake system cost almost exactly $1000 all together (front kit alone is $700 from sugar).
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