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    I would like to upgrade the brakes on my '02 WRX but a big brake kit seems a little expensive for my taste. If I install aftermarket rotors, pads, and possibly braided steel brake lines would this provide a major improvement? I don't take the car on tracks but I have heard brakes are one of the first things that need to be upgraded. I just don't see a point in paying $2,000 for a big brake kit if I don't race the car. Any suggestions?

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    Go to a subbie junkyard or something, and get some brembo's!

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    Pads + lines + fluids would be a major step. This can be done for $400-450 (if you install yourself). Do this, and if it's not enough, then look into other rotors.
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    If finding STi Brembo's proves difficult (and/or pricey) I would recommend what I did: get a set of LGT calipers and rotors. Love them to death
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    brembos from an sti sounds good. what years sti should I be looking for that will work for my 02? what parts would all have to be had to do it right?
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    Quote Originally Posted by kokoshoe View Post
    I would like to upgrade the brakes on my '02 WRX but a big brake kit seems a little expensive for my taste. If I install aftermarket rotors, pads, and possibly braided steel brake lines would this provide a major improvement? I don't take the car on tracks but I have heard brakes are one of the first things that need to be upgraded. I just don't see a point in paying $2,000 for a big brake kit if I don't race the car. Any suggestions?
    If you dont track the car you dont need upgraded brakes. However what I would suggest is that you do get stainless lines, upgrade the brake fluid to motul dot 5 and get hawk hps pads. *I have this exact setup on my 2004 wrx and autox it about every other weekend. The thing stops on a dime! I have to be careful when I drive other cars because my car stops so fast. I about drove my girlfriend's civic off a curve in the road because I was so used to my brakes on the wrx. The only way you would need a big brake upgrade would be if you drive wildly enough and insane enough for brake fade to be a problem.

    IMHO Brembos are overkill for anything done on the street.
    *They look sic though.

    If you need new rotors I would get the DBA 4000 series rotors. People seem to be buzzing about these rotors on every thread I read.
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    Thanks

    Hey, thanks guys, I will probably get the lines, pads, and fluids like recomended by a few of you. I will keep my eyes open for the brembos from a junkyard or something. Thanks.

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