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Does anyone else find the FiST brakes hard to modulate or is it just me? I wonder if my pads are bedded in properly yet as I've not yet done 1000 miles. I find them to be a bit grabby at low speeds. Do the brakes need bedding in from factory?

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I've noticed the same thing when they are cold. When I drive out of the parking lot at work and approach the street to leave, I've almost locked them up a few times. I thought it was just me with a heavy foot.
Once they have warmed up a bit they are really strong and easy to modulate.
 

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I love the pedal feel, its so.....firm
 

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coming from a 2002 WRX, everything on this car felt to light and soft. The brake pedal had me looking like a bobble head every time that I applied the brakes. Now that I have gotten used to them and they have bedded in, I love'em. Still no nearly as much as I loved the WRX brakes, but ...yeah.
 

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I never had this issue, but the first time I let my girlfriend drive it I nearly got whiplash and she complained that they were touchy. I really like them myself.
 

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Yeah, cold modulation isn't easy. All pads that are track-capable (which word is these pads are, I'll find out this spring) grab when cold.
 

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Track pads usually have a lack of grab when cold because you are out of their operating temperature range. The track pads on my LeMons car are intended for 800-1400°F. The first few stops feel like an eternity to get the car woahed down enough.

It doesn't take much to bed the pads. Just need a decent stretch of road and be able to perform 5-10 80% stops from 50-5mph in succession.

If you do a lot of street driving with light braking, you'll want to rebed when the rotors start looking like a mirror.
 

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Track pads usually have a lack of grab when cold because you are out of their operating temperature range. The track pads on my LeMons car are intended for 800-1400°F. The first few stops feel like an eternity to get the car woahed down enough.

It doesn't take much to bed the pads. Just need a decent stretch of road and be able to perform 5-10 80% stops from 50-5mph in succession.

If you do a lot of street driving with light braking, you'll want to rebed when the rotors start looking like a mirror.
Your rotors also do not last near as long with that extra friction but that is the joy of compromise in a non race car.

The brakes are just fine IMO. If I jump into the gfs car after driving mine, there is always an adjustment period.
 

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The most 'fun' I have with these brakes is in crawling traffic. I find them a little grabby a slow speeds is all. I have come from two similar cars to this and never really noticed this but these brakes are solid for sure. This is just a single trait I find with them. Tail gate drivers hate me. Lol
 

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Your rotors also do not last near as long with that extra friction but that is the joy of compromise in a non race car.

The brakes are just fine IMO. If I jump into the gfs car after driving mine, there is always an adjustment period.
Actually, the rotors on the race car barely get any wear compared to the pads. The pads are what take the abuse, I get roughly 1-3 sets of pads per 1 pair of rotors.
 

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Actually, the rotors on the race car barely get any wear compared to the pads. The pads are what take the abuse, I get roughly 1-3 sets of pads per 1 pair of rotors.
Which is what I have seen and experienced as well. IMO the FiST brakes feel pretty good so far, but it has been too slippery and cold for me to really push it hard.
 

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The only thing I don't like about the brakes is the damn squeaking and the dust! I found out how well the brakes work yesturday. But I never really thought about how diff it was when they were cold till now tho haha
 

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To be honest though...brakes don't work well no matter how good they are if you don't have good rubber to grip. Get a Pilot Super Sport quality tire and your brakes will feel like they came from a Forumla car! (obviously over exaggerating)
 

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The only thing I don't like about the brakes is the damn squeaking and the dust! I found out how well the brakes work yesturday. But I never really thought about how diff it was when they were cold till now tho haha
If the brakes are squeaking, try going through the bedding process again.
 
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