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Hi all,
I've own my IM since April 24 2016 and put 11000 miles on it so far and love it. I drive the car a lot at the local canyons around los Angeles and need to upgrade my brakes and rotors could some one help me find the best performance brake upgrades, I could do or if dares a big brake kit I could swap.
Any help much appreciated.
 

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Just out of curiosity do you use the gears of your transmission to slow down as well as the brakes. I live in the mountains of western Wyoming and do not find the brakes lacking stopping power. I have an iM manual and also an iM CVT(my wife's), and use the manual mode of the CVT an down shifting of the manual to assist in braking in the mountains.

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Not really the car dose not have much power, so it mostly stays in 2nd especially uphill but I try to brake as latest I can, when taking a corner.
The roads up here are vary twisty and this car shines up here, but that's where I cook my brakes.


Its an economy car trying to keep up with sports cars and it dose well but needs further improvement.
 

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So far I haven't really seen anyone upgrade the brakes on this yet. I'll try to take a look around and report back if I find anything. Check out StopTech or Hawk maybe ?
 

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If your on our Facebook group I gave a big list of what other cars use the same brake parts as the im. The front is all tc2.
 

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Ok, cool. where getting somewhere, So theorectically tc2 brake kits should fit? I need to research more this. since I cant really help the power on this car I wanna do brakes and suspension upgrades and make it all about the drive and handling experience. thank you guys for your help.
 

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Not really the car dose not have much power, so it mostly stays in 2nd especially uphill but I try to brake as latest I can, when taking a corner.
The roads up here are vary twisty and this car shines up here, but that's where I cook my brakes.


Its an economy car trying to keep up with sports cars and it dose well but needs further improvement.

Hawk brake Pads, Power Slot rotors, and steel braided brake lines all around should do the trick, You are only experiencing brake fade correct? When I Lived in Cali I used to hit up the canyons from SFV to Malibu all the time from a 100 hp car to my 93 Civic Hatch which made 400+ WHP. I used this method all the time with no problems and at Willow Springs in Lancaster. Also look for a good brake fluid with higher boiling point like motul or ate aka the blue stuff. I live in Houston now no canyons only freeways and at 100 MPH traffic pulls which takes forever but going in between traffic and slowing down I have no problems, I think the IM brakes are fine probably because of material cost, cheap brake pads, and that the rotors are not drilled or slotted it overheats super fast. But with a big brake kit you get a inch or 2 more on the rotor and more pistons on the caliper, but also there is a downfall with this option you will need to upgrade your wheels to a bigger size wheel. The TC2 comes factory with 18s so our factory rims will not work, that is the reason I never did a big brake kit on any of my cars depending on the event I was doing because one day I could go to Malibu Canyon another at the drag strip so I could put a smaller wheel with slicks. With a big brake kit comes the cost of bigger wheels and tires.

Front and Rear
Power slot rotors $370
Hawk HPS brake pads $150
Brake fluid $40
Steel braided brake lines $100
Brake flush cost $70
Total $730

Or

Big brake kit $1,200 Plus
Wheels and tires $1,000 Plus
Total $2,200 Plus
 

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Nice, you know the roads am talking about.
Yeah, that's the route am taking. I don't need a full brake kit.
Rotors, pads, stainless lines and fluid should be more then enough
add some better tires and I should be good.
 

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Nice, you know the roads am talking about.
Yeah, that's the route am taking. I don't need a full brake kit.
Rotors, pads, stainless lines and fluid should be more then enough
add some better tires and I should be good.
That's exactly what a lot of people do and if you go to communities of older car they often swap bigger rotors from a similar vehicle along with the calipers which works out to be a cheap big brake upgrade... then they allocate the savings to some high quality pads = winning
 

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That's exactly what a lot of people do and if you go to communities of older car they often swap bigger rotors from a similar vehicle along with the calipers which works out to be a cheap big brake upgrade... then they allocate the savings to some high quality pads = winning

For a stock brake setup, the iM is pretty responsive and effective. I've taken a few windy road trip and they held up pretty well.

I always upgrade the pads at least, often the rotors, but don't go much further than that. Once the original pads are gone, I'll look into something better.
 
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