[200q20v] Re: [s-cars] upgrade advice

Kirby Smith kirby.a.smith at verizon.net
Tue Nov 27 20:39:10 EST 2001

I fail to see a direct relationship between acceleration and
deceleration in street use.  One accelerates to the speed he can manage
or with which he otherwise avoids trolling for tickets.  This speed
occurs sooner with more HP, but likely occurs anyway with lesser HP.
The need to brake well is always there, and the requirement is
independent of HP in most cases.  In my opinion, the goal should be for
pads that are capable of locking up the tires one chooses to use.  More
braking than that is not needed.  Heat soak resistance is useful, and
that is the greatest advantage of high performance brakes.  But unless
one generally rides his brakes down Pikes Peak, or equivalent, in street
conditions heat soak is an unlikely occurance.  Otherwise, one is likely
driving without sufficient margin to avoid death-defying surprises.

Little of the above applies to track use.


Chris Covington wrote:
> I'm considering a turbo / exhaust manifold upgrade (probably the IA
> "torquey" junior-RS2 turbo with the IA manifold), but I'm concerned about
> the implications this might have on the rest of the car, such as for
> instance, the G60 brakes.  I'm very happy with my 200q20v the way it is
> now (except a little more power would be nice):  recent G60 conversion,
> 16" BBS wheels that won't fit any of the brake packages, stock suspension
> redone, rebuilt head/valves (got the car after a Subaru dealership tried
> to give it a new timing belt, they failed), new stock injectors, basically
> stock everything except for the IA3 chip.  But I have a case of fat wallet.
> Would running this IA turbo/manifold package overpower the brakes or the
> suspension?  I don't feel like going through with another brake conversion
> at this time, and buying new wheels, with my relatively brand new G60s
> performing well for my needs which don't include tracking the car (I get
> that out of my system with motorcycles).
> Chris
> '91 200q20v
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