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    Thinking about installing one of these for better brake pedal feel. Anyone do this? If so, should I plan on doing anything else with it or will this alone be an improvement?

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    I've got one, but haven't installed it yet. It should be an improvement by itself, but SS lines are cheap and easy enough to do as well.

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    Which one are you planning on installing? I am thinking about doing this myself. Let me know how it goes.
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    I haven't tried one yet, but I've heard they help. I've also heard they are a beyotch to install...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rambo View Post
    I haven't tried one yet, but I've heard they help. I've also heard they are a beyotch to install...


    Yeah.. I have the GS one and after a quick look I just decided to wait until my engine is out to do it, that makes everything much easier.

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    I installed the TiC brace. As with any upgrade, you may feel a difference if you want to. But, objectively, I can't say I really felt a before/after difference, even on track days. I'd say it's likely just "bling" on a street driven car, but it may provide real benefits on the track. It is kind of a PITA to install due to zero room to work.
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    I have the Perrin brace. It took about 2 hours to install. Not that bad really. I feel the brace do its magic when brakes are heavily applied. It adds a good feedback when you stomp on the brake pedal. I like it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by wrx650 View Post
    Which one are you planning on installing? I am thinking about doing this myself. Let me know how it goes.
    I was thinking about the Perrin brace actually. They have a decent sale right now.

    Quote Originally Posted by Rambo View Post
    I haven't tried one yet, but I've heard they help. I've also heard they are a beyotch to install...
    I have also heard this. This is the kind of info I was looking for actually. I don't mind doing basic "easier" installs, but if it is going to be a pain at all I much rather pay someone a few $$'s to do it faster...Plus it's worth the money to me to know that it gets installed correctly.

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    Quote Originally Posted by oguitar View Post
    I have the Perrin brace. It took about 2 hours to install. Not that bad really. I feel the brace do its magic when brakes are heavily applied. It adds a good feedback when you stomp on the brake pedal. I like it.
    This is what I was hoping to hear. For $80 thought it might be a good way to help improve the braking response. I was also thinking about doing brake lines this spring with new brake fluid (after the salt season).

    Thanks for all the thoughts everyone!

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    I have the grimmspeed. Supposed to be harder to install than the Perrin, but more solid. It took me a good 3 hours; half of it spent threading the bottom bolt. Cut up my hands pretty good. You need every tool they list in the install video else you will get nowhere.

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    I use one and yes it helps... I also added Goodridge SS brake lines ( I was told these are really the best ones you can buy) & these made a HUGE difference. The brace only gives you better feel though..nothing mechanical. The brake lines I would say would be the best bang for your buck, and use some better brake fluid.

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    Quote Originally Posted by carnevino View Post
    I use one and yes it helps... I also added Goodridge SS brake lines ( I was told these are really the best ones you can buy) & these made a HUGE difference. The brace only gives you better feel though..nothing mechanical. The brake lines I would say would be the best bang for your buck, and use some better brake fluid.
    I was thinking about doing some stainless in a couple months when I replace the brake fluid. Should I wait to do the brace until then?


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    Quote Originally Posted by carnevino View Post
    I use one and yes it helps... I also added Goodridge SS brake lines ( I was told these are really the best ones you can buy) & these made a HUGE difference. The brace only gives you better feel though..nothing mechanical. The brake lines I would say would be the best bang for your buck, and use some better brake fluid.
    Awesome...Thanks for the tips. Any place (internet seller) in particular that you think gives good deals on the brake lines?

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    Wrx650, yeah i would just do both at the same time.

    11blacksti, I bought mine from Zinkai Motorsports (subie of las vegas performance dept). I think I paid just a bit over 100$. I'm sure some of the vendors on here would give you a fair deal. I always enjoy talking to the guys at Kronos and they don't pressure you to buy anything. I think the "blue" fluid was around 30ish maybe? The difference the SS lines made on my car really blew me away.

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