Originally Posted by Cape Cod Bob
What kinda car are you trying to stop. Is it hearier then the other car. Bigger weight means bigger brakes.
both cars are the same make/model. the only difference is the years. both are similar trim level, so weight is within 100lbs of one another... another big reason why I was so darn confused.
what turned out being the problem was just badly glazed rotors and pads. I swapped the rotors because they were pretty much solid rust. That helped pedal feel, but I guess the pads were contaminated or otherwise destroyed from sitting so long (they were super cheap pads)
swapped the pads and now the setup works just as I remember it.
When I upgrade the front brakes to the wilwoods, I'll not only be going from a 10.8" rotor to a 12.19" rotor, but I'm also going to up my calipers from 3.54in^2 to 4.80in^2 to help improve my ability to stop in a panic.
glad I finally got this sorted out =)