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Old 01-04-2003, 12:46 PM   #1
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Default Front and Rear Brake Upgrades

Im going with 18"wheels in spring but need to keep stock wheels for winter,so i can only go as big as stock wheels will allow. .My front braking system is in need of an overhaul and i would like to go as big as possible with an easy swap!Im going to upgrade calipers aswell in spring so please keep that in mind anyhelp or ideas would be appreciated .Oh yeah,does anyone make high(er)performance shoes or drums for the rears?.
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I haven't looked into the rears yet, but I'll speak from experience on the fronts. 95BonnevilleSESC is going the same route as I did, so he may be able to back this up. I think he'* doing his upgrade this weekend.

I stayed with stock wheels, so I looked for better rotors. The slotted RSM rotors from Domestic Performance are the way I went. Precision blanks, and they're hardened and slotted. I also chose Raybestos Quiet-Stop Ceramic pads. On Ty'* advice, I've abused them horribly, and get nothing but satisfaction. No dust, excellent braking that doesen't fade when hot, superior wet braking.....all aspects improved noticeably while staying with stock-sized rotors.

My harsh braking has included several 100mph hard stops, and even one from 140. Not once have I experienced any brake fade as I did with the stock setup. I think it was the best thing I could do.

I'd be real curious to see what someone comes up with for the rears, without converting to disc.
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I do back up Will on this one. I installed my RSM rotors from Domestic Performance with some Moorse (Sp?) Ceramic pads. I didn't do any 100-0 breaking, but I did several 85-0 stops to heat them up. I saw quite a bit of smoke from the hard stops (the anti corrosive coating on the RSM'* used for shipping) but after they burned that coating off, I had no other evidence of overheating--no break fade, no smell of break-lite, no dust (too early to really tell on the dust), just clean, crisp stops.

I also noticed quite a difference in the quality off the RSM'* and what I removed. I think that the previous owner put the cheap rotors on the car the last time they were replaced, because the cooling vents on the old units were much larger than on the RSM'*--resulting in a too-thin-for-comfort rotor wall. The RSM'* are constructed much more solidly than the old ones were. They were also a perfect fit. I am running the same rims as Will (the stock Ghetto Gold 16" rims), and they filled the wheel cavity very well.

I would HIGHLY recommend these rotors and ceramic pads.
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