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    So I want to upgrade my brakes...

    Looking for what is necessary to upgrade from stock if i'm just doing spirited daily driving and the occasional track day.

    I was thinking of getting the Grimmspeed or Perrin Master Cylinder Brace with Motul 600 fluid.

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    Stoptech Street F&R pads, Stoptech Stainless F&R Brake Lines, and Motul 600 fluid.

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    Is it worth it to just get it all and be done? I just don't want to buy anything that I won't really need. Thanks!
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    SS lines, good pads, and fluid will give you a nice upgrade. The MCB is a pain and not really worth the hassle IMO. I have goodridge lines, and ate fluid. Gave a nice firm pedal feel. The pads are where the stopping power comes in though. Hawk makes some nice options.

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    Yeah, skip the brace. EBC redstuff have been my favorite street pad so far - no deposits/vibration, little dust, no squeeling, stop hard.
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    Personally I plan on putting a brace in with ss lines...The brace only to help support the firewall from flexing

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    Quote Originally Posted by 11blackSTi View Post
    SS lines, good pads, and fluid will give you a nice upgrade. The MCB is a pain and not really worth the hassle IMO. I have goodridge lines, and ate fluid. Gave a nice firm pedal feel. The pads are where the stopping power comes in though. Hawk makes some nice options.
    I've read mixed reviews between Stoptech Street pads and the Hawk HPS...I don't really get what the difference is besides the Hawk being more expensive and dusting more. Why did you choose the HPS?

    Are the Goodridge lines better or equal to the Stoptech lines?

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    Yeah, skip the brace. EBC redstuff have been my favorite street pad so far - no deposits/vibration, little dust, no squeeling, stop hard.
    I've always heard good stuff about the redstuff...where did you purchase them from? They are usually pretty hard to find...

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    Personally I plan on putting a brace in with ss lines...The brace only to help support the firewall from flexing

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    Man, after reading all the PITA install problems with the brace it makes me rethink that option!
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    Ya it is a pain. Not looking forward to it but it'll help haha

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    LOL you're in Conn...i'm in Pittsburgh!

    I do need someone to help me install my RCE Blacks whenever they come off of backorder!
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    Goodridge lines are a very well known name in brakelines. I am happy with them but don't think there is anything wrong with stoptech. If those are what you want then you would be fine. Just letting you know that I do have SS lines and those plus the new fluid gave a nicer firmer pedal feel. I don't have Hawk (I am still on stock pads). I am not going to get the HPS when I do upgrade, as I don't need that amount of bite and would rather not have the dust. I will most likely go with the hawk performance ceramic pads.

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    My EBC were for an '03.
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    Don't even think about a track day (road track, not 1/4 mile) without some serious pads and fresh DOT 4 fluid. Hawk HP Plus worked very well with zero fade during 4 -30 minute track sessions using the OEM 2004 calipers.

    I liked the stopping power so much, I kept them on for the street use. They are a tad dusty and noisy but make for unmatched grab and feel.

    I had been using Hawk HPS prior to that for several years. They feel almost mushy in comparison.
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    My rotors are warped so I'm looking for upgrades as well.

    Was looking at this kit;

    EBC Stage 4 Signature Brake Kit

    Anyone have experience with "whistling" or "whirling" sounds with slotted or drilled rotors? My main fear is squealing since with every car I've ever had, once the brakes have been changed out, squealing was a 100% guarantee for the life of the car.
    Not so much anymore.

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    I'm interested in that kit too, but i'm not really looking to replace the rotors yet since I just hit 5K miles on my car.

    I'm more or less just looking for pads, lines and fluid to get rid of the mushy factory pedal feel and increase the stopping a little more.
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    I've got slotted on the front. When they get overheated and warp they make a noticeable vibration noise. Mine need to be replaced as well. I resurfaced them about 2 months ago only one thing cut and it's back so I think they may be too thin

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    I've got enough meat to turn mine but they want $240 to do it, which seems absurd to me. Back in the day, Trak Auto would turn a rotor for $10. I figured I might as well upgrade them for that price. That whole front end EBC kit is only $60 more.
    Not so much anymore.

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    Ya..When you say turn rotor...literally means pull rotor off turn it so it sits differently on the hub correct? No way in hell that'd cost more then .1 hours labor
    Unless they thought they were going to cut them

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