Original Owner of 1993 Civic Hatch Sets Lap Record on AP Racing Brakes after Migrating from Wilwood


As much as we'd like to, it's just not possible for Essex to directly offer brake kits for every make, model, and market niche. In a few cases we do supply AP Racing components to select platform specialists like ASR (A-Spec Racing), who make all sorts of track-focused upgrades for pre-2012 front-wheel-drive Hondas and Acuras. Liam is the original owner of a super cool 1993 Honda Civic EG hatch, and ASR was able to set him up with a proper big brake kit featuring AP Racing 299x32mm J Hook Discs and CP8350 Calipers. If you are interested in a similar BBK for your 1990s/2000s Honda or Acura, please reach out to ASR Parts directly: ASR x AP Racing Big Brake Kit 299mm - ASR Parts

Below is some feedback from Liam on his brake kit:

Part number(s) of the kit(s) you purchased

ASR-BBK-299 kit for the Honda Civic/Integra. CP8350 26SL / 27SL Calipers, AP CP 3862 104GA / 105GA 299x32mm rotors

Brand, model, size, and offset of the front and rear wheels you’re running

Front & Rear (square) Volk Gram Lights 57DR 15x8+35 or Konig Hexaform 15x9+35

Your experience level & driving history

Tracking my 1993 Civic (original owner!) since ~1999, turned into a full track car in 2006. Raced with SCCA, NASA, but now do Time Attack with OnGrid in the Pacific Northwest

How have our brakes changed your driving experience?

Not having to worry about my braking setup is such a game changer which allows me to focus on lap times.

Problems that the brake kit solved

Pad fade, rotors cracking, and greatly extended the service life of consumables.

Favorite product feature

They just work!

Comparison to other products you’ve tried in the past

Previously with my old brake setup, a Wilwood BBK setup, I was replacing a set of pads every other weekend and a set of rotors twice a year. Now a set of rotors and pads last two seasons. Also, the AP calipers have required no maintenance as yet since they're designed without rubber dust boots, unlike the Wilwoods.

I have a Brembo GT BBK setup on my BMW e46 M3, my daily driver, and while they're a fine brake setup they do not compare to the quality of AP. The AP look, feel and perform like a true "race car" brake setup, designed with racing in mind because they are that, a no-compromise braking package.

Customer service by Essex

I reached out to customer service only once to inquire about brake pad options and recommendations, you all were very helpful.

Documentation and ease of install


Would you buy it again, and would you recommend it to a friend?

Absolutely. By far the best brake setup I've ever owned.

Anything about the product that you think could be improved?

While I'm extremely happy with the ASR kit, I'd probably have purchased a kit from Essex Parts if I had the option, but you all don't make a kit for my car.

Race or event wins on our brake kit

I currently hold the track record at The Ridge in Shelton Washington and at Portland International Raceway in my class racing with OnGrid using your brakes.


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