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2008 Legacy Spec B - Brake suggestions?

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I just recently bought a super clean 2008 Spec B with just under 80k miles for 13k. Babied by the previous owner, I love it so far and it's been everything that I hoped it would. I got the short shift kit from Cobb to install, but I was wondering if anyone had suggestions for a brake kit for these? I browsed a bit, but didn't find many threads that were recent with this information. Any suggestions?


Included some pics, but haven't gotten a chance to actually take any good pictures.






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This past April I replaced all four calipers with ones from NAPA, best thing I've done for the brakes in years.


I use Hawk ceramic pads. Unless your racing...no need for a big brake kit.


For the tranny and read diff, use Motul Gear 300.


Learn how to check the oil and always top it off as needed.


You'll want to get the car off the factory tune and on a Cobb AP or a great open source tune.


I'd recommend http://www.tuningalliance.com he's kept both my happy for years.

305,600miles 5/2012 ej257 short block, 8/2011 installed VF52 turbo, @20.8psi, 280whp, 300ftlbs. (SOLD).  CHECK your oil, these cars use it.


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Cool. Thanks for the tips. The brakes just felt a little soft. Not unresponsive, but just wanted something that caught with a little less travel. I'll definitely do rotors, pads, and fluid and see if that makes a difference. Thanks!


I'm super excited about this car though. It drives, handles, and accelerates really well. Couldn't be more pleased with my purchase.

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You might have to get used to the brakes, depending on what you're used to. Good pads help a lot. Some cars have overassisted power brakes -- you step lightly on the brake pedal, and it's like somebody threw a boat anchor. That's not always a good thing. What you want is direct, progressive feel, where more pedal travel gives you gradually more braking force.


Some people have upgraded the brakes with hardware from the WRX/STI, aftermarket stainless steel lines, etc. but I'd argue it's not really necessary for a street car. Based on the size of our ventilated front and rear rotors, and the ability to lock up the wheels anytime, resistance to fade, our stock brakes are way better than average. I think it's the subjective feeling that some people are not thrilled about.

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