Well, I'm not sure there's a difference there, Dave, so I want to probe it a bit more. Klink uses the term "frictionally" equivalent, which leads me to think that the larger swept area in the rear with the newer master cylinder means absolutely nothing in terms of stopping friction. I don't know why that would be.
So Klink, how do you conclude they are "frictionally" equivalent, despite the larger swept area, setting aside the switching master cylinder? Or are you saying the smaller brakes with the "old" master cylinder provides the same stopping force as the "new" master cylinder with larger rear brakes?
Am I to take it that the "new" master cylinder is similar to the "new" (post '92) .036 engine? Slightly "weaker" engine and slightly "weaker" master cylinder, almost admitting the prior cars were a bit overbuilt? Trying to get inside MB's (that is, "your") brain here...