<blockquote><font size="1" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">quote:<hr /><font size="1" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">Originally posted by Patrick Bonnici:
<strong>i dont know if it will interest any of you but a while ago i was so ****ed of about the brakes (i reallt think theyre not good enough) that I removed the ABS fuse.
I wouldn't suggest it to any of you though, it was a *terrible* one-time experience. I thought, like you, that the ABS kicks in way too soon so it would have better stopping distance if the ABS was switched off, cause all the braking power will be used, right?
well i was right, in a way....but also very wrong.
the braking distance was better at low speeds when the wheels wouldnt lock, but at relatively high speeds it became a total nightmare!
as a test i was doing about 120km/h in a 70km/h road and pressed the brakes (not SLAMMED the brakes mind you..just pressed them about half way) and the rear wheels promptly locked. before i knew it the car was facing the right pavement, turning more than 90degrees, the whole time the car was doing about 90km/h SIDEWAYS!!
At one point I am sure that the right front wheel lost contact with the ground as the steering lost all feeling...I released the brake immediately, as the car was about to flip over.
I swear at one point i wasn't more than a foot away from right pavement, literally facing it while the car is skidding sideways to the left...it was terrifying. i have no idea how i got it back in control.
As you can imagine i immediately installed the fuse again.
Bear in mind that this probably happened because roads in Malta aren't so good so as a result of a rear lockup it lost control, and also i was testing it so in real condition this wouldnt have happened, I hope.
anyways i still wish i could adjust the sensitivty of the ABS, but as I said before the dealer said it was impossible as the ABS cuts in as soon as one of the wheels is about to lock up, not before and not after. and i can guarantee that rear wheels lock up very VERY soon. this i am sure is because there is no limiter on the rear brakes because braking force is determined by the ABS not by limiters and so forth. i dont know what you think but i prefer the old style system where you are in total control of braking..you can always pulsate the brake urself if you feel a wheel locking no?</strong><hr /></blockquote><font size="1" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">Banflu, you are totally mad!!!