Testing Fastbrake’s Bigger Brake Kit

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Testing Fastbrake's Bigger Brake Kit
 The existing braided steel brake line is used.  Yeah everything is rusting.

Our car also already had Fastbrakes’ big brake rear kit which is basically upgrading the Sentra to larger Maxima sized brakes.  We were running stock Nissan Maxima rear pads which we didn’t like because they actually seemed to get more bite as they got hotter forcing us to adjust the brake bias on the fly if we were running really hard on a heavy braking track.  This was annoying and the inconsistency made us spin under braking at a Redline Time Attack last year.

Testing Fastbrake's Bigger Brake Kit
 Howard Watanabe bolts the new caliper adapter bracket on.

To get hopefully more consistency we opted for a set of Hawk HP plus rear brake pads.  The HP plus is marketed as a track/street, autocross type compound but since the rear brakes don’t get very hot on a FWD car and our measured temps were within the pads 900 degree limit we figured they would be fine.

Testing Fastbrake's Bigger Brake Kit
 The new rotor slides on.

Howard Watanabe of Technosquare installed our brakes and pads which didn’t take that long since we already had a Fastbrakes upgrade, bleeding the system with Motul 660 high temperature brake fluid.

We tested our brakes on a couple of different tracks and we think that the larger Fastbrakes kit is definitely the one to get for track day and racing applications.  We never experienced fade even with our less aggressive pad and had a much more consistent pedal.  Our rear brakes also performed consistently, we didn’t have to fiddle with our brake bias and the car was stable under braking.

Testing Fastbrake's Bigger Brake Kit
 The rear pads are replaced with Hawk HP+

 

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