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    Getting tuned, what to upgrade safety wise?

    Im currently getting my engine tuned with a few upgrades and I would like some input on what to add to help with stopping and handling better. Im looking for help with the occasional autox, spirited mountain drive. I have ss braided lines currently and that is it. Any brake pad/rotor suggestions? What about suspension mods? This is a DD so I really dont want something ultra harsh, but I can take a stiffer ride.

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    I've had great luck with DBA rotors and EBC pads on previous cars. Most rotors are well enough vented these days that you don't need cross drilled. Slotted are what I prefer. They are strong and will keep your pads from glazing in auto x. One thing that most people don't put enough thought into is the brake fluid. Flush your system and run a quality fluid with a high boiling point, especially if you are going to auto x. There are lots of threads on the importance of brake fluid, so look around. If you are going to race often, then you will need to change your fluid often to keep your pedal nice and firm.

    Before getting too far into suspension, I would recommend replacing your bushings which will really tighten things up. Whiteline, TiC, and a few others make great stuff for any Subaru platform. From there you can easily assess just how firm of a ride you want. A lot of people start with "upgrading" their springs, but without a properly valved strut springs don't so much for us. Start with bushings. Get everything nice and tight, then pick up some sway bars, then look into a strut/spring combo with good valving like what Feal offers or a coilover option of which there are many.

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