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Cool Thanks to God, everything is Successful !!!

SUCCESS!!!

I've never drove a vehicle with such braking power, using little pedal force to completely stop, in a straight line; no matter if the road is paved, gravel or unpaved road.

Finally, the KiaStein features the awesome Braking system that I always wanted, it doesn't lock the wheels easily, and lets you maneuver correctly, during panic braking.

And the Best part: my Wife is Happy with her car's Behaviour.
Thanks to God.

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So, this is the way to go: if you swap rear disc brakes on your second gen Sephia / first gen Spectra, those will be 10.1" so you Must swap the front disc brakes from the donor car also, in order to have same sized 10.1" front discs too, not the lousy 9" in front ... the Brakes works Awesomely with 10.1" all around in the four corners.

Don't touch the master cylinder at all.


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Still I believe that the Brake Pedal on this second gen Kia Sephia, is a little high placed from the floor, so the approach with the foot is more with the toes than with the mere foot as in other cars... and I use 12W shoes; my wife use 8 shoes, so it is even worse for her.


I believe that Braking Behaviour could be improved even more, gaining less foot effort, if the Brake Pedal were placed a little lower...

...but that, is Another story.


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Maybe this issue was a li'l more noticeable to me, as I suffer from Genetic Gout Foot Attacks from time to time (More info, ~► Here) So, I decided to go back to the 2004 Spectra donor car at the Junk Yard, and grab (among other things) its brake Pedal, in order to modify it, saving the original one as backup to place it back on the car, if things goes wrong...




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I drove many, many different cars, vans, trucks, SUV's, etc, since long years ago; and ALL of them had a brake pedal that is placed in a way, that you can easily (and Safely) reach it with the Foot, not with the Toes; only the second gen Sephia / first gen Spectra (same car, almost) on Automatic versions, suffer from this short pedal issue; which really affects the braking feeling / behaviour and safety on these models.

So I decided to cut the Kia's brake Pedal bar, close to the pedal itself; and cut a little more than an inch from an old Toyota's brake pedal bar, which I found at a friend's pile of old parts... then I carefully welded the Toyota's metal bar piece, to the Kia's metal bar; as you can see on the followin' Photo:





The old 'yota's metal bar is much thicker than the Kia's one.


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This is how the extended pedal looks, after a layer of anti rust paint:




and after the second layer:



Ready to be placed on the "KiaStein"


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Here's the extended Pedal, already installed and tested:



The brake pedal was placed from factory, almost at the height of the accelerator pedal's top; now that it has been lengthened, the brake pedal has lowered and is located at the height of the center of the accelerator pedal.

The extension not only lowered it, but also it came out a little, resulting in a brake pedal slightly higher and much better located.

The results of this small modification, are so Awesome, that I really wonder why the heck I didn't it Before, because I noticed this issue since I obtained the car, in december 2009


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By the way...

The added metal to the brake Pedal, isn't noticeable,

unless you bow down to see it


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The added length to the brake pedal, not only makes more comfortable and safe to reach it; but also got some additional leverage on the brake pedal, which translates to more force being input to the brake master cylinder with the same foot/leg force exerted on the brake pedal; in fact, as the pedal got the extra length, also it came out to the front a little, which allows me to move my seat one notch farther, reaching the Brake pedal safely; which makes the overall feeling of driving the car, way better.

I hope that the information and ideas I share here, could be helpful for more people.

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I know that this is an almost Monologue that I have here, and that nobody cares about my story anymore; so I'll update with only the more important things I've done to this 2000 Kia Sephia, worldwide known as the "KiaStein" hoping that maybe, somehow, someway, someday this information could be useful for more people...


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