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car_demon
01-27-2005, 12:19 PM
Canadian Driver Tech Article (http://www.canadiandriver.com/articles/lh/abs.htm)

A good read for everyone! The P5 has 3 channel ABS, front right, front left independent of each other and the rearend is together but independent of the front during lock-up skid etc or so I was told by the TPC Board gurus.

Does the M3 have 4 channel ABS?

Has anyone here pulled the ABS fuse by choice as they might prefer \'threshold braking\' old school style? I\'m guesstimating by the demographics here, that most of you were born in the early 80\'s so you grew up with ABS on your family cars in the 90\'s.

Any oldschoolers from the 70\'s and beyond which have driven non ABS vehicles?
Any preference? Yes, it keeps us in a straight-line, but I\'ve heard a wack of opposition to it.
It all boils down to the competent drive.

MajesticBlueNTO
01-27-2005, 01:26 PM
Originally posted by car_demon

Has anyone here pulled the ABS fuse by choice as they might prefer \'threshold braking\' old school style? I\'m guesstimating by the demographics here, that most of you were born in the early 80\'s so you grew up with ABS on your family cars in the 90\'s.

Any oldschoolers from the 70\'s and beyond which have driven non ABS vehicles?
Any preference? Yes, it keeps us in a straight-line, but I\'ve heard a wack of opposition to it.
It all boils down to the competent drive.

learned and drove ABS-free cars until 2001 when I got the maxima.

ABS doesn\'t keep you in a straight line, it allows you to steer in slippery conditions when non-ABS would lock up the wheels. it pumps the brakes faster than any human could.

ABS is actually non-beneficial when stopping in snowy or icy conditions as it doesn\'t allow any type of friction between the tire and the surface (which would eventually slow down the car). At Ian Law\'s winter driving school, they stopped a car with and without ABS (pulled the ABS fuse) and the stop without ABS was shorter.

MAZDA3_MIKE
01-27-2005, 09:53 PM
seems to me when the abs kicks in on the ice and snow i speed up . mine you i have the good old rsa\'s on .

car_demon
01-27-2005, 10:42 PM
I tend to practise in open school parking lots at night to get used to the feel. Sometimes
I experiment with threshold braking releasing in a pumping fashion when I hear the ABS rumble kick-in. In deep snow I prefer to not have ABS so my tires can have the snowplowing effect to stop naturally.

kl7402001
01-27-2005, 11:29 PM
u guys are right right .. ABS dosen\'t help u stop it keeps u in control of the steering so u can change directions and avoid colidsion ... I agree sometimes with out ABS i could of stopped earlier and not need to steer away ne ways ... but u\'ll wish its there when something sudden happends and the human reaction is to jam on the brakes