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Old 10-21-2008, 09:52 AM   #1
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Question Need brakes and rotors...suggestions?

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I have been hearing a little noise out back and took Zippy in to get things checked out. I had suspected the pads were getting worn down as I'm just under 60K miles and the tech confirmed it for me hahahaha He pointed out that all the pads were worn down enough that they should be replaced and his visual inspection of the rotors pointed towards "iffy" for turning them, guessing they will need to be replaced too.
The estimate came back and the $'s added up fast! The SVT parts are larger and all cost A LOT more then what I was thinking. I know they have some good profit built into the parts...but OUCH!

Have any of you all out there had your brakes done at a shop or dealer around the area?
Did you find a good deal or bring your own parts in?
Where should I look to find parts at a good price or Hook Up?

Is the job a big PITA which should just be brought to a shop or the dealer? Or is this something that could be done in the garage on a Sat afternoon?

She's not a race car, but my daily driver so what about recommendations on the replacement pads n' stuff?
Maybe a brand or type to choose and Where to get the best deal?

Thanks for the info
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I did it myself, it was no big deal. I got EBC pads and rotors, they work great. Next time I might get powerslot rotors and hawk pads, I have heard a ton of good things about that combo.
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I did it myself, it was no big deal. I got EBC pads and rotors, they work great.
Where did you get the parts from?
Is any special tools needed to make the change?
Feel free to PM me some details - I've got to make a decision here soon to either get the parts, take it somewhere or look at trade options on a new car
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Moved to "Wheels, Tires, Brakes & Suspension".
There's tons of threads with suggestions in this area.

I for one (along with several others on FF) am running Centric Rotors (blanks) and Hawk HPS pads.
Couldn't be happier.
Not only do they work well on the street, but they also have no problem tackling a road course or AutoCross event.

See here for info (special tool) on rear brakes:
SVT Brake Job - Need Help

And, for some help with the pesky caliper clip on the front brakes:
A question about "The Clip"
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^^ Agree, I got this setup a little while back, and it is great.

Pads:

http://www.turbowholesale.com/home.php?cat=966

Rotors:

http://www.rockauto.com/catalog/raframecatalog.php

Tool:

http://www.harborfreight.com/cpi/cta...emnumber=40732

Hope this helps...
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Old 10-21-2008, 02:42 PM   #6
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Oh, and that clip is a total PIA...
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Solid Centrics or Brembos rotors are the way to go along with either Hawk HPS, Mintex AF's, or Axxis/PBR metalmasters (now owned by Centric). I've heard rumors that Centrics semi- metallic pads may be the same formulation. Do a search on each as the prices and cheapest places seems to change daily.
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Brakes are the most important part of ur car, don't skimp out. Go w/ Brembo or EBC!!
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powerslot and hawk, this will be my breaks once i can get the cash together

and NEVER resurface rotors, for a little extra $$$ you get new, and when you resurface a rotor, you make the walls thiner and they will not be as effective and wont last much longer, its like putting a band-aid on a broken arm
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Another recommendation for the Centric BLANK rotors and Hawk HPS set up.

They are available at any of the links posted, but shop around.

I got my pads (rotors are still original - until this last track event where I TRASHED THEM) and rotors (spare set) from:

http://www.brakeplanet.com

In my opinion, the single BEST thing about the SVT is the braking system with a slightly more aggressive pad than the stock pad (which is still VERY good).

If you are comfortable with hand tools and minor repairs - even if you don't do a lot of mechanical work to your car, the job is pretty simple. It should only take you a couple of hours at the most.

Take your time and you should be fine.

Good luck and use the forum to help you further. We are all more than willing tohelp andwalk you through if you think you get into trouble.
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