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Old 01-31-2006, 01:26 AM   #11
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Can you update your signature with your year and model (trim level) and your location? We're likely to have someone in your area that'* familiar with a Bonneville brake job.

Pads and rotors are quite simple for us, but there are some basics to cover the first time around.
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Old 01-31-2006, 01:29 AM   #12
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This is were a basic Chiltons manual on the Bonneville pays off.
I was 16 the first time i did breaks on my old SSEi. Wasnt as bad as i though, lots of tips and tricks in that book too.
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I just checked out the parts america website.. so many choices.. Now I'm really really really confused..At least the most expensive was 75 bucks.. ..But I'm brake dumb&** I quess. Ceramic, semi-metallic, quiet stop, replacement only.. Jeez so many..

I'll check out a chiltons manual.. good idea thanx..
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I'm running powerslot rotors with raybestos ceramics. Seems to be holding up well.

Before that, I had RSM rotors. I don't suggest these.

Tell us what you want. Just good brakes? Or Performance? We can suggest what works for each of us.
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And your chiltons manual won't say much.

One other thing that I have done and noticed an improvement. Flushing the fluid and ensuring new and fresh was throughout the lines.
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As far as my driving style and my needs I do I live in a lot of short trips and 35% highway use. Most of the time I'm driving between 25-50. I wouldn't say I'm real aggresive but I do like to boogie, the bonnie does move quite nicely as you know.

I need good brakes that can stop me real quick at speeds between 35-50. Where I'm at the speed limits are that but their are many spots people turn off at. And being most people can't drive and decide to turn at the last second, I need to be able stop quick when I have to. And we have the bonehead where you're the third car and someone is turning left and the first car isn't paying attention it until he just gets there so everyone behind has to slam their brakes.. you know what I mean I'm sure

Being able to haul down quicker above 70-75 would be nice, not instant stop, but just drop about 10-15 mph in a reassuring way. Basically when you're cruizin along at high speed and someone cuts in front of you or you come up on someone doin 60 in the left lane.



But the 35-50 is the most important, on the highway it doesn't happen as frequently its just real annoying when when it does
thanx for the advice..
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I forgot to mention where I'm at the highway has three traffic lights and quite a few left turn exits. So many times I have to slow down fast for the red light when I'm doin 65-70. And when people jump in the left lane to make their turn at the last minute and cut me off. I also have EZ-pass if you know what that is, so I can go thru toll booths without needing to stop so I don't need to crawl up to them. But I do tend to drive too fast on my approach and I end up hitting my brakes my kinda hard late which I quess is my fault but its fun...
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In your case the Bendix Rotors and the Bendix Titainum Pads may serve you well... For roughly $35-$40 these pads have impressed me... After 6 months the rotors are holding up too

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One other thing that I have done and noticed an improvement. Flushing the fluid and ensuring new and fresh was throughout the lines.
Brake fluid absorbs water and should be replaced every 2 years. Good general maintenace item that makes a surprising difference.
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One other thing that I have done and noticed an improvement. Flushing the fluid and ensuring new and fresh was throughout the lines.
Brake fluid absorbs water and should be replaced every 2 years. Good general maintenace item that makes a surprising difference.
that and/or it ends up looking like this

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