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post #16 of 21 (permalink) Old 12-10-2012, 05:46 PM
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This adjustment are not going to give firmer brake pedal. This just reduce pedal travel required by engaging the master cylinder sooner.

A longer travel brake pedal gives soft illusion. By reducing pedal free play it reduces the soft brake illusion.
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Are you guys adjusting your brake lights too..?! When changing free play you need to adjust the sensor that turns on the brake lights so that when you hit the brakes, you actually have brake lights showing!
I actually had a question about this. I completely removed the brake light switch so I would be reminded to adjust it. It turns out that the switch itself was a bump stop for the brake pedal. When I had the switch removed, the pedal would just keep traveling forward until I didn't have and threads left on the pushrod.

Cue installing the switch and having it serve as a bump-stop of sorts so I could have the correct amount of free play, and not run out of adjustment on the pushrod...

I didn't think that the switch was actually supposed to serve as the bump-stop.
Any thoughts on that?
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It'll make a difference. The biggest thing about the brake booster is that it is a single stage booster, and thus is "less boosted" than the forester brake booster. More resistance and more feel from using it.
I assumed the sti brake booster had more assistance and less feel, are wrx booster single stage?
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I assumed the sti brake booster had more assistance and less feel, are wrx booster single stage?
Nope. STi booster has less assistance and more feel

WRX boosters are the same as the forester's.
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it is settled, to do list:
sti booster
wrx master cylinder
master cylinder brace
ss lines.
eliminate brake pedal slop, might get creative
also install hwk hps pads without factory shims (4-pots), hps pads come shimmed

will slide around on the crap rubbers i have now, solid tires down the road

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I didn't think that the switch was actually supposed to serve as the bump-stop.
Any thoughts on that?
When I looked at the pics I thought that's how it looked.

I know the '06+ have collapsable pedals in case of an accident... could this be part of that?
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