You Don’t Need $70/L Brake Fluid

You Don’t Need $70/L Brake Fluid

Tech Articles
When I bought slotted rotors, autocross brake pads, and stainless steel lines I wanted to make sure the upgraded braking performance wasn't going to outmatch my regular old brake fluid. As I was looking at brake fluids I realized that I had no way to decide what boiling point was appropriate for autocross. Did I need 660F brake fluid now that I had super grabby brake pads? Would they really generate that much more heat? A brief hop around the forums didn't reveal much convincing evidence, so I decided to apply some science. I bought the "best value" brake fluid I could find and some temperature labels, and I hit the track in the middle of the summer. (more…)
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Bugeye Brakes: Assessing the Situation

Repairs and Upgrades, Uncategorized
At my last autocross, I noticed that my braking seemed to be more black and white than shades of grey. Braking for a corner is difficult to judge and the soft pedal means I have to travel farther to stop as hard I want. I'll admit that I haven't paid much attention to my brakes in the last five years other than replacing the rear calipers with re-mans. Excessive brake dust and pad wear on the right rear prompted the swap, but I ignored the service manual and only bled the new rear calipers. Now I'm paying the price. Approaching a tight turn, I have to stab into the brakes in order to get any response. The rapid actuation removes any ability I have to modulate the input into a smooth…
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