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    Brake swap

    Hello, I'm Josh and I own a 04' wrx wagon.
    I'm obviously new to the subie game but I'm a quick learner.
    What I want to know is what is needed for a sti brembo brake swap.
    I know you need sti rotors, axles, brembo's, bigger rims . Am I missing anything?

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    I'm going to move your thread to the technical section so it gets better exposure. Feel free to create another NMH thread introducing yourself, telling about your car, including pics, etc.
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    1) Bigger wheels - Many 17" wheels will work, many will not. To be safe, go with 18" wheels.... or do plenty of research before buying 17s. Be aware, 02-07 Wagons do not have as much fender clearance as the sedans... do your research.
    2) Decent springs/struts/or coilovers... because 18" wheels look stupid at stock ride height.

    For the Front:
    1) Brembo Calipers
    2) 2004 ONLY (not 05+) Front STI Rotors
    3) Removal (drilling out) stock dust shields
    4) New lines, fluid, bleeding, etc.

    For the rear:
    1) Brembo calipers
    2) Kartboy caliper brackets
    3) DBA 2657 STI rear adapter rotors (otherwise your ebrake will not work)
    4) Removal (unbolting) of stock dust shields
    5) New lines, fluid, bleeding, etc.

    Wait.... maybe it was the front that had bolted-on dust shields and the rear that needed to be drilled? I forget... its been a couple years.
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    I believe its the rears that needed to be cut off.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ninefourteener View Post
    1) Bigger wheels - Many 17" wheels will work, many will not. To be safe, go with 18" wheels.... or do plenty of research before buying 17s. Be aware, 02-07 Wagons do not have as much fender clearance as the sedans... do your research.
    2) Decent springs/struts/or coilovers... because 18" wheels look stupid at stock ride height.

    For the Front:
    1) Brembo Calipers
    2) 2004 ONLY (not 05+) Front STI Rotors
    3) Removal (drilling out) stock dust shields
    4) New lines, fluid, bleeding, etc.

    For the rear:
    1) Brembo calipers
    2) Kartboy caliper brackets
    3) DBA 2657 STI rear adapter rotors (otherwise your ebrake will not work)
    4) Removal (unbolting) of stock dust shields
    5) New lines, fluid, bleeding, etc.

    Wait.... maybe it was the front that had bolted-on dust shields and the rear that needed to be drilled? I forget... its been a couple years.
    Thanks ! Will definitely start Saving!
    Any coilovers/springs better than others?

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    ^^^ Yes... but much like buttholes.... veryone has an opinion.

    Generally put.... you get what you pay for. Figure out what you want.... how you want your car to perform.... and then don't skimp on suspension components.

    ..... and ride in or drive a car with coilovers before you decide to purchase them.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ninefourteener View Post
    ^^^ Yes... but much like buttholes.... veryone has an opinion.

    Generally put.... you get what you pay for. Figure out what you want.... how you want your car to perform.... and then don't skimp on suspension components.

    ..... and ride in or drive a car with coilovers before you decide to purchase them.
    ^I agree!!!

    You don't want to buy cheap BC or Megan Racing or the like coilovers...they ride like crap and will blow out before you know it and require rebuilds. So figure out what you want out of your car in terms of handling and go from there. Most are perfectly happy with springs/struts. You get a small drop usually, and improved spring rates for handling, and generally cost much less for quality components than for what quality coilovers cost.
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