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I installed the stillen cross-drilled rotors w/ matching metal matrix brake pads over 2 months ago and was fairly impressed with their easy modulation and progressive power (as well as their tendancy to stay cool despite tightly wrapped steelies).

I took my scort out for a drive this evening to test out my new wheels w/ Sumitomo HTR Z 2 tires. I´ve never driven a car before that had more grip than braking power.. I was slamming them on.. no chirp, no lock, just grip grip grip. I need better pads or something. I´m going to try to scuff up the rotors and pads with some sandpaper if I get a chance this weekend, and hit them with some brake cleaner.. but I´m pretty sure it´s not going to help.

They´re still strong and progressive, but they get to a point where they just stop getting more powerful despite more pedal pressure (like a brake force limiter or something). I couldn´t detect any fade after 3 consecutive 60-0 hard stops, so I know that´s not the trouble. I don´t want to upgrade my rotors or calipers because I´d really like to keep my pimp 13" snows on the steelies.

Anybody got any reccomendations for better pads? I hear EBC Green from Blade.. I took a ride with a friend this weekend who bought some Cool Willy´s for autocrossing... they were amazing, gave his R compound victoracers a real workout. Anyone know if velvetouch makes rear shoes for the scorts?
 

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I´ve been using KVR Carbon Fibre pads on my slotted rotors....so far(about 10 months, it has been great...very good on the braking and they just keep on grabbing when I need them
 

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flush the old brake fluid out and replace with new. Make sure the system is bled properly and the rear brakes are adjusted. If none of this helps and you are convenced the system isn´t living up to its potential, then test the booster and the master cylinder. doubtful these are bad, but you never know.
 

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I do need to adjust the rear brakes (flushed and bled the fluid 3 weeks ago). Does anyone know what size bolts I need to pop the drum off the rear hub? My drums are frozen solid to the hub. It would be a good project for this long weekend. Thanks, birddog, that may explain the whole limited brake force thing. :-D

Where did you buy your KVR pads GTinLR?
 

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Birddog is probably right. It sounds like you just need to bleed the lines, and check the rear caliper adjusters. I, too, love my KVR pads, and highly recommend them, but I doubt they would solve your problem. Even crappy pads will have a sufficient coeficient of friction to lock the brakes. I say, save the money and do some bleeding. While you are at it, change the lines a swap to braided, for that little extra in pedal firmness.

Marcus

[ This message was edited by: stripedmx5 on 17-04-2003 13:51 ]
 
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