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Increase rear braking power ??

My understanding is that the front brake do most of the work. I also am hearing from some people I know that the newer cars are starting to put more even braking power across rear/front and in some cases more in the rear.

I have Hawk fronts with cross drilled and ok pads with ok rotors in the rear. Looking to add steel brake lines, also orange koni's all around and have TEIN springs, waiting for temp to go higher and I will be lowering.

That being said, after I lower my car and have a higher spring rate, is there a way to mod my brakes so that there is even power for my front and rear brakes??

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Bad idea; you drive a FWD car with a front weight bias; if you up the braking power of your rears, even with ABS doing it's darndest to prevent wheel lockup, you run the risk of having the back end come around on you in an emergency braking situation or when you least want it while braking into a hard turn/curve.
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If you brake lighter, you have more rear bias.

If you brake harder, you have more front bias.

Hence why easier drivers in 3s and newer cars burn out their rear pads before fronts.
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The reason for the more bias in the rear during light braking conditions is to keep the vehicle from diving. It's to keep it flat while braking, thus, more comfortable for any passengers.
Obviously however, too much rear bias under heaving braking is very dangerous, thus the load instead prefers to the fronts, where comfort is obviously no longer necessary, as the vehicle... needs to stop.

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That figures. I'm generally pretty light on my brakes. Looks like I'll need to replace them in 20k...

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If you want to increase braking power, you should go proportionally on both, front and rear. You need larger disks/pads and possibly, double-piston calipers (at least in front). But then again, it will cost and replacements most likely are not readily available. Therefore, try to make best out of what can fit on your car without modifying dimensions.

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