Saturday, March 7, 2020

[Focus] New track brake loadout

[note: this post, like an air-cooled 911, is back-dated to when these events occurred] 


Track day is Saturday, so this past weekend I installed the track brake setup:

DBA 4000-series rotors

Ferodo DS1.11 pads

Castrol SRF unicorn blood brake fluid

(I am stock otherwise, except for Mountune braided lines)

I've got a good feeling about this brake setup. I was so interested in the Kangaroo Paw (R) technology that I went down there over Thanksgiving to check the grip.

Yeah, that's good.

This was my first job on the new 5000lb Quick Jacks I bought a month ago. I have wanted these for years but always found a way to talk myself out of the expense, but I'm so glad I finally took the plunge. Setup was easy and so far it's been great. I prefer this way of doing things:

Brakes went on without much fuss.

I did a quick test drive to make sure everything felt OK before parking the car. I plan to bed the pads in my first session at the track, per the instructions, so I don't want to do more street miles than necessary before then. Perhaps I'm over-cautious, but after the last brake issue... that's the way I want to play it. Interestingly the brakes had strong bite straight out of the driveway, usually the first few stops are weak but these didn't waste any time.

To put a cap on this partially Australia-themed post, I will be seeing Tame Impala Friday night and then hating life waking up at 5:15a the next morning to get down to Laguna Seca. Hopefully I return with good news.

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