So, would a ss line reduce the... I guess the word would be throw.. Would it reduce the throw in the brake feel, like you have to push it down x amount to have the pedal firm up.
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My understanding is that a SS line will increase the feel by reducing line flex but I don't think it will have any noticeable effect on the pedal travel. If your pedal is feeling squishy it is possible that you need to do a brake flush. DOT3 fluid in the braking system, even sealed, has a limited life. All brake fluids attract water and the more water you get in the brake fluid, the lower and lower the boiling point of the brake fluid is and the more likely the water in the brake fluid is to boil and create air in the lines. You might be able to get by with just a bleed, but if you have never changed the brake fluid, it is probably a good time to do so.
Otherwise, the floating calipers on the S197 are almost always guaranteed to have pretty crappy feel and throw. The whole way the caliper works is the reason for that. You can upgrade to the Brembos if you have wheels that will clear them, which will have much better feel, but I'm not sure the pedal will firm up all that much.
Being still on stock this is a good thread. Please keep asking and responding.
I only focus on my breaks at the track where I put them through harsh treatment. Hitting them after crossing the line has got to get them hotter than the intended design.
I drive to and from the track and drive the car as my daily driver during the better months and have wondered what would be the best to replace the stockers under these combined conditions when the time comes to replace them.
I'm assuming you are talking about braking at the end of a 1/4 mile run? I honestly wouldn't worry about the stock stuff not holding up in that condition. Unless you are hot lapping A LOT you aren't putting that much stress into the braking system. I believe Ford's standard is something like 4-5 60-0 panic stops before noticeable fade while performing those panic stops in quick succession. You probably spend more time between runs in the staging lanes then they do between the panic stops. There is a standard out there that they have to meet at a minimum. Anything else, like on the Brembo stangs, is just a bonus.
You could literally get by with pretty much any street pad you want. When we start talking about high temperatures generated under braking, we are talking about running on a road course where you have 7-14 turns with straights before them that you have to drag 3700ish lbs with driver and fuel down to a specific speed before making the turn or you end up with an agricultural excursion.