After wheels and tires, a vehicle's second most important component is its braking system. And while Nancy still had decent stopping power, the rotors were warped and we had no idea how old or new the parts were. We decided that a fresh set of rotors and pads were critical to our restoration.
Just like our suspension, we could have gone in a lot of different directions when it came to brakes. Options included a full OEM replacement, slotted, cross-drilled, a big brake kit, and various Japanese aftermarket manufacturers.
We decided to stick with our formula of choosing highly credible brands with a long history of making proven automotive products. In that regard, Centric won our business.
Centric Premium Rotors
In the spirit of full disclosure, we're a bit biased towards these rotors (in a good way). Collectively, all of our cars, at one point or another, have used them. They're less expensive than OEM, have the exact same performance levels, and also includes a black electro-coating that provides protection against that ugly corrosion often found on neglected cars.
We've personally done multiple HPDE sessions with these rotors and they've never once failed on any of us. Solid product and we can't wait to get these on our CRX.
Choosing pads was also a little challenging but in the end, we again, stuck with Centric. With OEM pads becoming more and more rare and expensive, the Centric Posi-Quiet pad was the perfect balance between price, performance, low dust and noise. Also, being that the CRX is incredibly light, a high performance pad would've been overkill.
The kit also included a new set of shims. A small detail that didn't go overlooked during our installation. We'll cover that in the next post.