I still have the backing plate and the fog vent in the bumper is functional. I might add some ducting into the bumper but yeah... I race it hard. I lived in the mountains of Washington so most nights were spent driving hard. I didn't even want bigger brakes but I feel I have to or switch to a less aggressive pad. What kinda lines are you running? Stock abs routine? I would try some of that gold heat wrap and high heat hose protector over that. What fluid are you using I need to change mine out and curious if anyone has any experience with one over the other or if all dot 4 is pretty similar.that’s really hot, literally. Sounds like you definitely needed bigger, beefier brakes. Have you looked into brake cooling as well? For what it’s worth, I’m not a fan of the stock brakes. I can get about a week of good braking action before everything turns to mush again. I think the brake lines are just too close to my turbo and the fluid is overheating rapidly. Brake feel even with fresh brake fluid is meh.
I don’t think this applies to the OP though. It sounds like he wants bigger brakes for the sake of having big brakes. Not my place to judge how people spend their money that’s for sure.