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    2011 wrx brake upgrade

    I was looking to upgrade the brakes on my 2011 wrx to Subaru 4 pot front and 2 pot rear calipers. Iv been looking around to find some info but i couldn't find any. I have heard that the Subaru 4 pot are just as good if not better than the brembos. What year calipers would work for the front and rear? what caliper brackets work? what rotors work? do i need to change brakes lines? I saw that 16 inch wheels are an issue but the only time i run 16s are steelies for snow tires. Any info is appreciated.

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    The fronts are a straight across swap. The rears are not.

    If you want to upgrade your brakes, think about some DOT 4+ or 5 fluid, stainless lines, ferodo DS2500 pads, and some nice rotors (DBA/Brembo/Powerslot/Stoptech/Carbonetics). The '11 brake calipers aren't bad, the whole system has been designed for street use though... put the stuff on that I mentioned, and you can easily do track days.
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    What year would work? do i need to change rotors? Im not planing for a track day. I just wanna do a fun daily driver and make it even better.

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    Where did you hear that the Subaru brakes are better than the Brembos (the company that has some of the most respected brakes in the world used on more race cars than any other brand)?

    As Kevin said pads, rotors, fluid, and stainless lines will do all you need at this point. I don't understand your comment on the 16" wheels. If you use them at all they're going to be a problem with larger rotors...
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    ok. well brembos are crazy expensive and crazy expensive to replace. this being my daily driver i dont want that. i just want a good cheaper side upgrade. i was asking if i need to use different rotor with 4 pot calipers. my wheels fit a 16 rim now. i figure i can buy a used set for cheap. i just wanna know what i should get.

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    Don't get calipers. Just get pads, rotors, lines, and fluid.
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    Anyone have suggestions on pads? I've had good experience w/ Hawke's on a Mazda3 and Carbotechs on a autocross/track day setup Miata. New to the Subaru game tho, so looking for fresh insight.
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    Hawk makes some good pads. Since you're just looking for a street upgrade their HPS Sport pads would do fine. I wouldn't recommend those for track use though and would go up to Hawk race pads or Ferodo. There's a few other companies that make excellent pads too, but those two companies have more than enough choices for what you want.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rikkyb30 View Post
    Anyone have suggestions on pads? I've had good experience w/ Hawke's on a Mazda3 and Carbotechs on a autocross/track day setup Miata. New to the Subaru game tho, so looking for fresh insight.
    I'm a huge fan of ferodo. The DS2500 is their Street and Sometimes Track pad. It's got great cold bite (I've had quite a few below 0 days where they did great) has light to medium dust (I'd lean towards medium) and resists fading under high temp very well. I've had my rotors steaming hot before (the DBA rotor has 3 colored hash marks for temp and all 3 colors had changed) and the pads had no problems handling it. They lasted a long time too, which was nice.
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