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Old 09-17-2003, 07:05 PM   #1
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sup guys. its beem a while im sure. Anyways i got a little question bout some front disc replacements (my left front rotor and pads are totally f-ed up). the left brake is making some very bad sounds and enough brake dust for a broom.

I went to Muray'* and they gave me a quote for 75 bucks for the rotors and pads (standard), and $130 for the Boshe ones. What do you guys think?
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Not Bosch for sure, and I wouldn't go stock.

Go to www.domesticperformance.com and see what Ty can do for you. Well worth it.

Welcome back, Granny!
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thanks will, glad to be back. However why not the Bosch or the stock; i just need the damn car to stop? I dont think i need slotted or performance breaks I'm not really runnin any mods. However, if my parents pay, some tight breaks might be fun.
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Stock rotors on all H bodies are prone to warping. Bad news. Traditional pads also 'fade' when they get hot.

The slotted rotors and ceramic pads are much less likely to warp, and they grab tighter as they get hot. They also shed water better, and don't dust your rims.

Bosch sucks. End of discussion. I hate their plugs and O2 sensors from experience. I'm not about to try anything else! I normally have alot of respect for German engineering, but not with Bosch. Stick to their power tools, but don't buy their automotive products.
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do you really think i need that level of performance? I'm just a daily driver and I'm not upgrading just replacing the older brakes. Don't get me wrong the brakes sounds tight, but I'm not sure I got the cash to spend $178 for just the rotors without the pads. Are there anyother rotors and pads that also work good for maybe less $$$? Anyone?
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Bottom Line you get what you pay for.
If you decide to stick with stock rotors you already know how that will turn out, you'll be in the same spot you are now. Those few extra dollars are paying for the maintainence and yes performance you get but we're not talking bumpin you up to multi cylinder racing brakes were talkin just nicer version of what you already have.
The choice is up to you, but all it comes down to is you get what you pay for
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thanks guys. I'm going to think about this some more. One thing: isn't it harder to install the domestic performance rotors? And if I were to buy them what kind of pads should I get, ceramic? (brand)?

I'm asking how hard they are to install because I'm not a great mechanic and the guy that will do them for me said he might not be able to install the drilled ones you guys are recomending.
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Direct fit. If you can change a tire, you can do this. Try Raybestos Quiet-stop pads. They're ceramic. That'* what I'm running.

Jack up the front of the car and install jackstands. Remove both wheels.
Remove 2 caliper bolts from the inside face of each caliper. Pull calipers off.
Using a coat hanger, hang the calipers so they don't hang from the brake lines.

If used, remove any small little retainer clips on the lugs. They look like little lockwashers. If you're careful, you can re-use them.

Pull rotors off.

Put new rotors on in the orientation shown in my pics somewhere around here. There is a backwards on the RSM'*. Using a C-clamp, compress the caliper piston and install the pads. (with the proper grease for anti-squeak...only on the mating surface of the caliper/piston and back face of the pads).

Install calipers (with compressed piston) on the rotors. Tight squeeze with new pads. Tighten caliper bolts, re-install retainer clips (may have to tweek them with pliers first), re-install wheels.

One hour job.
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Nope....you think we need one? I can do one up by memory and pm it to ya for edit?
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I'll write one and post it. If you see any errors, just edit the article. No telling when, I'll add it to my list. I'm bizzy as hell, too. Haven't even seen my own house in a week.
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