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I actually got dissed at my last autocross because my brakes are still OEM after Ilsa has had many performance upgrades. It went something like, "You have an LS3 engine and S-10 brakes?"

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I... I.... I never actually noticed a problem other than some serious fade and overheating at Blackhawk Farms Raceway a few years ago (where I also blew a piston but that's another story), but then maybe I have no idea what good brakes should feel like.

Are there any suggestions for upgraded/performance brake packages for my '03?
 

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The brakes you have are fine and they are way bigger then an S10 setup. Get a hydro-booster upgrade and then you will have some power to help you apply the brakes. With the stock vacuum booster I don't think you could stand on the pedal with enough force to even activate the ABS on dry pavement. No kits available so its a custom install. Ship the truck to my shop and we can get you set up.

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Jerry
 

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Looking for information on booster upgrade. Would appreciate the help. I had also heard something about a booster master cyl combo upgrade. Thanks in advance
JimmyD05
 

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Looking for information on booster upgrade. Would appreciate the help. I had also heard something about a booster master cyl combo upgrade. Thanks in advance
JimmyD05
Check Vanco, hydratech. Both are First class Companies with high quality products and have Technical Support you can call to get exactly what you need.
This is a replacement for the Vacuum booster that uses the power steering pump pressure. Can be retrofitted to some OEM Master cylinders but some require a specific larger piston master cylinder. Usually used on HP engines with a hot cam that have low engine vacuum.
Best to call the tech line and discuss what you have so they can recommend the correct set up. Not going to be cheap!

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Following a track day at Blackhawk Farms in Illinois where I nearly burned up my Hawk pads, I switched to EBC Yellow Stuff pads. I haven't been on a track since then (I burned a piston while at that track day), but they are working fine for street and autocross. I haven't been convinced yet that drilled/slotted rotors are any better that solid ones in track situations, but they do look cool.

If you participate in a track day, be sure to keep an eye on the engine temp. Although it didn't spew coolant, I suspect that engine heat was the culprit with the burned piston.

Any specific rotor/pad combo brands that would give an edge at the track?
 
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