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A couple of things, as I too struggled with this:
1. Rebuilding the calipers helps, including the pin bushings, seals, and boots. And it's cheap and honestly not that hard. But, if you're going to do it, do the pistons as well, as they are likely pretty worn.
2. If you're going to use the brake pedal and the pressure bleeder simultaneously, that's okay, just be *really* careful how quickly you let off the pedal, as to make sure that fluid flows out of the bleeder and into the system, instead of pulling any air in as the pedal comes back up.
3. The thickness of your rear brake pads has a big impact on pedal feel. If you have thin pads in the rear, you can get enough caliper flex + pad knockback that when you first step on the pedal, all you're doing is taking the slack out of the rear pads and not actually applying real braking force. I suppose this is true for the fronts also, but I've found that fresh rear brake pads has solved my pedal feel issues more than once.
Ultimately I abandoned ship on the front calipers and ordered Stoptechs. I'm putting them on now. I imagine I'll get spoiled by them and end up replacing the rear brakes too.