After my last thread on my new brakes was shut down, I decided to start a new one to give some follow up and ask for some more advice.
I ended up with Juicy 3s on the front, and Juicy 5s on the back (I got good deals on eBay, $50 each). They're new and factory bled. I got them installed and went about trying to adjust them, doing the 5-6 pumps of the lever, holding it, then tightening the CPS bolts up. The front brake seemed to be both dragging the rotor (pads too close) while simultaneously being unable to stop me (pads too far). After reading the Sram setup guide and following it to the best of my ability, I got nowhere. Someone suggested taking the wheel off and pumping the levers a couple times to inch the pads closer. I did this, and the brakes finally slowed me down properly, but were rubbing worse than ever.
I haven't started on the 5s yet, but I bet I won't have much luck there either because my brake-fu is weak. So this is what I'm thinking about doing. Seeing as the front brake has more than enough power to stop me, I might take the bike around my local trail and hammer the brakes at every opportunity. Hopefully, the brakes will auto-adjust themselves after the 3.5 mile jaunt and leave me happy. Does this sound like a really bad idea? Will anything change, do you think? I'm confident in the front brake's ability to haul me in quick, so I figure I'm not going to come to a perilous end.
The other option is to give up more money to the LBS to do it, and not have my bike over the weekend. Advice?