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Old 12-07-2003, 07:44 PM   #1
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brake question

After looking at the setup of our front brakes, the caliper seems to be integrated into the upright. Being so, what sort of upgraded brakes can you do? Just better rotors and pads at this point? I ask because my daily commute includes a three-mile downhill run (at high speeds, of course!) that's VICIOUS on brakes. The SVT doesn't fade much, but I would much rather have no fade.

Also, has anyone else tried this? Looking at the front foglight mounts, it looks like it would be childs play (especially on driver's side) to remove the foglights and run some sort of ~2.5" ducting through to the front rotors for cooling purposes. Has anyone tried this, and if so, is there anything specific I need to look out for?


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Old 12-08-2003, 02:13 AM   #2
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I ask because my daily commute includes a three-mile downhill run (at high speeds, of course!) that's VICIOUS on brakes.
Worst case, keep 'er in 3rd!
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Old 12-08-2003, 09:49 AM   #3
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Worst case, keep 'er in 3rd!
yea i got to agree with knightm3 she may run at a high rpm but you should slow and not have to use your brakes as much or not at all on that hill and anywere else to conserve your brakes use the engine to slow you down
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HAHAHA, I do, I do. Watching me drive that hill on a good-weather day is like watching an episode of Initial D. I heel and toe all my downshifts, but the speeds I run it at requires use of the brakes heavily. It's just too fun of a road to drive at legal speeds. Tons of switchbacks and hairpins, it's massively fun. Hence, faded brakes.
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Buying brake pads and rotors sooner than most doesn't bother me, I just don't want them to fade when I'm heading into a hairpin at 130+
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If you use your brakes correctly and not use them when you are'nt suppose to you wont have any problems. Only way to heat them up to fade levels is to ride them the whole way down. 3 miles is not very far.
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No, it's not very far. The run typically takes me about two minutes. But it's something like this:
brake from 145 to 45.... run for twelve seconds or so.... brake from ~100 to 25... run for five seconds, brake from 70 to 35.... etc, etc. And the hill is fairly steep. Trust me, I know how to drive and they still get faded by the end. Not very faded, I just lose most of my pedal feel.
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most of the heat probably comes from braking for the first hairpin, it's after a 2.5 mile downhill straight, hence doing above 140 when I hit my braking points...
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Do they make a kit for the SVT though? Seems like you'd have to cut apart the upright to get any kind of bigger rotor.
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