THE GARAGE

LAST MONTH SAW PROJECT TYPE R’S CRUSTY SEIZED CALIPERS GET A THOR­OUGH OVER­HAUL FROM NOT­TING­HAM-BASED BRAKE CALIPER SPE­CIAL­ISTS. THE RE­SULTS SPEAK FOR THEM­SELVES AND AL­LOWED US TO FIT OUR NEW PROJECT MU PADS

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The EP3 Type R fi­nally gets its new Project Mu pads along with some shiny re­fur­bished calipers, Project Ro­tary gets an oil up­grade, and two new builds en­ter The Garage: Project Z Honda CRZ and Project 5 Mazda MX-5

Be­fore the Civic’s brake caliper seized, mean­ing we had no choice but to in­ves­ti­gate the con­di­tion of the brakes fur­ther, we had been driv­ing the EP3 around with what was likely hugely in­fe­rior brak­ing abil­ity. Sure, we knew that the OEM calipers with Stoptech discs and pads were be­ing pushed to their limit by the power on tap from the Tts-su­per­charged en­gine, but we had no idea just how bad the setup had be­come. Luck­ily, we dis­cov­ered the is­sue be­fore any dam­age was caused to the discs, and also be­fore we ended up hav­ing an ac­ci­dent. Last month we showed you the poor con­di­tion of the calipers and how Not­ting­ham-based Brake Caliper Spe­cial­ists were able to clean, re­pair, re­fur­bish and re­paint the ratty items and re­turn them to a con­di­tion bet­ter than brand new. In fact, as we’d opted for their top of the range ser­vice, in­clud­ing spe­cial­ist cus­tom paint­ing, they even came back with a whop­ping 10year war­ranty! Even with brand new parts, you don’t get that kind of back up!

It took around two weeks in to­tal un­til we re­ceived the re­freshed calipers back and when we did we were truly im­pressed. The qual­ity and fin­ish of the calipers is ex­cel­lent with ev­ery part work­ing per­fectly and look­ing ab­so­lutely spot on.

Since this was likely the first time that the EP3’S brakes were ac­tu­ally work­ing freely and in the way Honda in­tended, we de­cided to also up­grade the pads to make the most of the new-found clamp­ing force of the calipers. It was also a pru­dent move as, al­though the discs seemed fine from the bind­ing in­ci­dent, the pads were prob­a­bly now past their best.

To rem­edy the prob­lem, we con­tacted Hendy Per­for­mance in Fare­ham, near Portsmouth, who are the UK dis­trib­u­tors for the awe­some Project Mu range of brak­ing parts.

Project Mu are a Ja­panese brak­ing spe­cial­ist that have an ex­ten­sive range of brak­ing up­grades from ba­sic OEM re­place­ment parts, right up to top level rac­ing parts for mo­tor­sports such as drift­ing, gymkhana and en­durance rac­ing. Upon dis­cussing our

THE FRESHLY RE­FUR­BISHED CALIPERS PAINTED IN BREMBO RED HIGH TEM­PER­A­TURE PAINT RE­CEIVE A SET OF HC+800 PROJECT MU BRAKE PADS AT THE FRONT

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