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Old 03-24-2003, 02:05 AM   #1
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I would like to improve my bonnies braking without actually getting all brand new brake components. We are talkin' front brakes only. There really isn't much I can do for the rear drums, or maybe I'm wrong. Mainly my brakes have always had a very mushy spungy feel.

It may be as simple as the rotars but I'm not much of a gear head and I'm not sure how to clean those suckers up.

Sorry if this has already been brought up in previous posts, but I'm very tired; its about 1am. Any and all suggestions are appreciated.
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Short of replacing components, there'* not alot you can do. Have you bled the brakes lately?
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All the parts for my brakes was like 160 bucks. It has aftermarket pads that you can use on stock rotors. They bite alot harder then stock pads, a defenite increase in braking power. I also got Brembo rotors. The pads where 53 bucks all together, I segjest them strongly.
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Yes actually I did try bleeding the brakes a couple months ago but it really didn't do much. I have heard bleeding the brakes only helps if your brakes have been previously opened up or worked on. Thats good that the brake parts are cheaper than I thought. Tutu67, if you could give me a list of the components you got replaced on the brakes that would be great. But let me get this strait you just used new pads with your old rotars?

Oh, BTW, Tutu67, how are you enjoying those brand new 50 kudos?
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I got Brembo Rotors it'* a lttle better than stock but it'* for stock if that makes sense, their $53 dollars a piece and you need 2, and the pads are Hawk Street/Stock brake pads are $53 for all 4 pads they come to gether. I got everything at TireRack.Com. My braking is a ton better now, no warpage or squeeling like my old brakes, they bite alot harder. And the 50 kudos??? Don't know what your talking about???
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will i took your advice n went ceramic...i also bought some rotors from the place that sold hte brakes...its my dads freinds store...so i got a great deal on it all...and man...now my beast finally slows down like a little car and not some 5 ton thing trying to brake
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I just did the brakes on my 95'. If done right, it makes a huge difference. Bleed system at all 4 corners, this IS important. It gets the moisture out, which makes the pedal feel firmer and also prevents your wheel cylinders/caliper pistons from rusting from the inside out! Adjust your rear brakes. When you take the drums off, use the tip of a screwdriver to turn the star wheel several clicks. This pushes the shoes out closer to the drums. When properly adjusted, the drums drag slightly on the shoes. It will make your parking brake feel nice and firm too. Then do the pads and replace/turn the rotors if necessary. It'* very important to remove and lube the caliper bolts! Once you remove the pads, push the bolts into the caliper until they fall out. Then lube them really well with lithium grease. I didn't do this last time because one of the bolts was stuck. Bad move. It caused that caliper to stick, which wore out the outside pad in only 20K miles. It also caused a clunk when I braked because it would build up pressure and engage abruptly, making the whole front end feel loose! I pushed it out this time with a clamp. It was tough, but it made a world of difference. Incidentally, I used SpeedBleeders bleeding screws, which are pricey but worth every penny, and Raybestos BruteStop pads which stop well and haven't squealed at all yet.
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