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Re: Braided hoses
Just trying to improve the brakes, as they don't inspire confidence. Discs and pads are fine, although the pads are cheapies so might be worth fitting decent ones. Do you think braided hoses would be a waste of money?
I think you have just answered your own problem.....all your braking effort comes from contact between the pad and the disc, and if your pads are cheap crappy ones they won't have the friction material of quality top brand ones...so that's the first thing to change. Bear in mind that if you go for high friction pads they may accelerate wear on the discs so they become thin.
Braided hoses are better if your car is subject to harsh road conditions (eg 4x4 use) as they have the 'armour' sleeve so to speak, and they should also sharpen the pedal response as the braiding stops the rubber pipe from bulging when the pedal is pressed so all the pressure goes direct to the caliper...but in normal motoring you probably wouldn't notice any difference..only in sports/track day driving would it matter.
And no braided hoses wouldn't cause the seals to blow.
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