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Success: Locked my fronts on dry pavement

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Who said that you need Hawk pads or larger calipers to lock your tires on dry pavement? Today I had to make an emergency stop in my car when it was going about 35 mph. The tires slid like 10 feet and I could smell the rubber in my cabin. It's 3rd gen ABS car with 10 something inch rotors and whatever pads it had when I bought it used. The tires are Hankook Mileage Plus II with plenty of rubber on them and about 34psi pressure. The brake fluid had been flushed recently. I never tried locking them on purpose, but something like this happened like 5 years ago. I guess, the emergency situations make you stand on the pedal like you never thought you would.
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this obviously proves that not all Gen3 models have 4WABS
This proves nothing. It's entirely possible that the ABS system is simply malfunctioning. The only way to know for sure is to check visually.

and the stock brakes have plenty of stopping power. The smaller rotors can still overheat and fade on long downhill stretches though, which is where the larger rotors excel.
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