Most of the mods we do in HT are intended to make cars faster and handle better. It's in our blood. One of the most important mods for your ride is also one of the most overlooked: brakes. We're as guilty of it as you are. We spend more time thinking about the parts that make power and contribute to acceleration.
And it doesn't help that stopping upgrades can be expensive. It takes only one experience when good brakes could have kept you on the line instead of in the wall (or, more likely, off of someone's bumper) to make you appreciate the importance of good binders.
There's a middle ground between simply adding some performance brake pads and installing a full-blown big brake kit. For Honda enthusiasts, that middle ground is easy to find. In this tech piece, we've sourced dual-piston calipers from a '93-to-'95 Acura Legend (from North Carolina's Import Auto Salvage) and 11-inch rotors from a fourth-generation Prelude VTEC for use on our project EJ Civic.
Along with rear trailing arms and brake assemblies from a '98 JDM Integra GS-R, we should have all the brake power necessary for our daily driver/ weekend tarmac terror.
To fortify these OEM improvements, we're also using NSX-spec Project B-Force pads and ProFlo Performance Products stainless-steel braided brake hoses. These brakes should fill our Falken wheels very nicely.
Finally, we're also using Zenki forged aluminum lug nuts (courtesy of Camp1320 Motorsports) and Skunk2 extended wheel studs (thanks, Green Rabbit Garage). Deadlines prevented us from installing the wheel studs in time for the photos here.