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Old 09-30-2010, 01:30 PM   #31
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You're going to absolutely love those pads man!
Thanks to the gang here for the suggestions!

Now, anyone wanna hold an umbrella over me so I can get these things on in this freaking monsoon we're having right now? Looks like its gonna be steady hard rain through Sunday... flood watches/warnings out all over the place.
Not that I'm afraid of melting or anything..lol.. but our driveway is clay and gravel. Which is like quicksand in this weather.
My nearest friend with a garage is over an hour away from me, now that he bought that house a year ago. He used to live just up the road from me. Gets tougher to get even simple stuff like this done now when you factor in the weather.
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Thanks to the gang here for the suggestions!

Now, anyone wanna hold an umbrella over me so I can get these things on in this freaking monsoon we're having right now? Looks like its gonna be steady hard rain through Sunday... flood watches/warnings out all over the place.
Not that I'm afraid of melting or anything..lol.. but our driveway is clay and gravel. Which is like quicksand in this weather.
My nearest friend with a garage is over an hour away from me, now that he bought that house a year ago. He used to live just up the road from me. Gets tougher to get even simple stuff like this done now when you factor in the weather.
Be a man! Put on some swimming shorts (or speedo) and a white undershirt and get out there!

I changed rear brakes on my 95 Regal in the snow!
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I'd rather it be snowing. Then the ground would be hard. I've done brakes, axles, did a head gasket in the snow.
In this kind rain, we live in the middle of a hill, and our driveway becomes one big drain pipe. In the spring, the runoff can easily hit 2' deep running down the driveway if we get a quick melt off.
Its just very unstable. Had to have a bucket loader drag out my Regal once because it sank to the frame just sitting overnight in one spot.
And my neighbors (who share the driveway) drive like they are drunk all the time. They've hit my car (can't prove it tho), and been several times Ive been out working on stuff, and they purposely burnout next to me to throw rocks up at my car and me while out working on stuff. This guy literally had to have his jeep towed off his front steps because he got it stuck trying to back up, turned it the wrong way, and ripped the whole railing down and wedged the truck up on it.
You wanna work next to idiots like that without a solid fence between you?? Not me if I can help it.
VVV and yeah, thats about how much room I have to work on things. And yeah, I'm partially out in the middle of the road.
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Well then, that kinda sucks. I'd lend you my garage if I was closer.

Good luck getting those done.
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Well, they're done anyway. I am so soaked to the bone its unreal. I came in and started the coffeemaker and changed out of everything. Felt like I just went for a swim in the river! Call it determination or stupidity, idk, but I got it done.

Had the car slip a couple times on me, luckily I had 2 jack stands and the jack still under it. It shifted weight forward when things started to sink. Almost threw a crow bar through my neighbors truck window.. since I was in their way, they decided to show me what for, and spin out gravel back at me while I was working on the car. Then tried to intimidate me by driving real fast down our road back to the house and slamming on his brakes at the last bit before making the hard left into the driveway. I'm not a big guy, but I have a ton of crap around me and in the shed that can easily ruin his day if he would man up and say something to my face instead of playing chicken crap games like he does.I told my dad to start saving up for bail money for the day the jackass actually opens his mouth at me. Cops already hate this dude, so I might luck out.
Anyhow...
Got it all buttoned back up, torqued to spec. Took it down the road a ways, which around these parts means about a 10 mile "around the block". Drove ok. Def needs rear ones done. The fronts are balanced pretty well, but I can still feel the rears out a little bit, so they'll be next. And needs an alignment, which I already knew since I did the outer rod ends, but I gotta get the LCAs in first.
I think I'll like this combo once they are worn in a bit and this stupid monsoon crap is over so I can drive on dry road again.
I will see how they do into work tomorrow. Since I drive the same way every day, it will be interesting to note the difference with the new stuff.
...did I mention I hate rain?? dh2
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Hi5 for getting it done in the rain. You sir are a real man.

Your neighbor needs to be tied to the ground while you play chicken with him in your lesabre. "Lets see how good these brakes are that you kept trying to interrupt me from finishing properly."
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Right from Tire Rack'* website: Bedding-in new pads and rotors should be done carefully and slowly. Rapid heat build up in the brake system can lead to warped rotors and or glazed brake pads. Most brake pad compounds will take up to 300-400 miles to fully develop an even transfer film on the rotors. Following are the recommended bed-in procedures from each manufacturer: AKEBONO
400 to 500 miles of moderate driving is recommended. Consumer should avoid heavy braking during this period............
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If your (hypothetically speaking) rotors are suceptible to warping during your break in period, you bought shitty rotors........
xtremerevolution, I think that this quote is from the pad manufacturer; They are afraid that you might buy just their pads, and not upgrade your rotors to match.
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I figured an update to the discussion was due.

So far so good. The car stops well. Pretty impressed. Haven't had to make any "real" stops until last night.
Coming home from a round trip one town over, about 40 miles total, Im heading off the hill down into my town and catch a deer in the middle of the road just around the corner. Big deer!
So I go full on the whoa pedal, and nearly had to pry my face off the windshield. Locked up a little bit, since the road was a bit wet. But even still....
Very impressed with that. And I haven't done the rears yet, either.
I actually sat there stopped for a second, like when something happens so fast you have to pause and ask yourself if it really just happened..
Then of course, I remembered the guy coming up not too far behind me, and went full on the go pedal.
I'd call that a result!
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