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HELP! Civic 1.8 FK2 2009 braking issues
Hey there guys,
i'm the proud owner of a Civic FK2 1.8 (R18A2) 2009. I've always liked the 8th gen civic, and with the arrival of the 10th generation the 8th generation depreciated heavily where i'm from. I managed to get a mint 1.8 with 120.000km on the dash, and more important it only had one previous owner, a chick that received the car as a present from her dad. It had a clean MOT record, no crash history and was always serviced on Honda dealerships. I could tell the car never saw much action. She even told me she was afraid to rev the engine above 4.5/5k revs and i clearly saw by her driving that it was true. So i bought the car and took it to the shop the same day and only brought it home after a K&N 57i cold air intake system installation, a good waxing and some type-s body-kit upgrades in the shop. The car looks amazing a goes like stink for a 1.8 engine.
Now comes the bad part... I've instantly realized that the braking system had not sufficient braking power for that little imp. Since the previous owner had the car stored in her garage during the whole winter i blamed it on the discs and ordered some MTEC slotted disc and some OEM braking pads from Bosch. Its braking power improved slightly, but after some hard braking the pedal simply feels spongy and the air fans go on all the time, it smells like worn brake pads a lot and even the damn rims get hot (true story!). The car doesn't really gave me confidence when i really push the braking pedal. They just don't bite like any regular cars. Last week i took my girlfriend's diesel peugeot 208 to be serviced and that thing really brakes hard with stock brakes. Then when she came home with the civic (she took it, since i took her car to the shop that day) and said that the lack of braking power scared her a few times.
I don't do track, i usually drive fast on twisty county streets but i already did that with my previous car (a MKII clio 1.5 dci with stock brakes) and never had any issue with its brakes and always used OEM pads.
I want to solve the issue for good, so i'm about:
- MTEC Slotted discs (Already installed)
- EBC's Greenstuff
- MTEC braided brake lines
- Replace brake fluid (Need your help here since i don't know much about this. People here tend to recommend Motul RFB600 DOT4 a lot. Or can i get something better (DOT 5.1) since i'm also upgrading to braided brake lines?)
Overall, what do you think about this setup?
1.8 FN/FK drivers, has any of you experienced this kind of issue? How did you sorted it out
When you really brake hard does your car really stop ok when compared to other cars you driver regularly?