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Old 11-16-2001, 09:39 PM   #1
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Question Brake Rotor Replacement

My rear rotors are wearing thin, and it's nearly time to replace them. I have never done any brake work myself, but this job sounds simple enough. It just KILLS me anymore to pay $60 an hour for labor and overpay for parts from a dealership too.

Could this job be done in my driveway using jack stands and simple wrenches? I can follow instructions easily, I'm just concerned that I don't have any experience. From what I understand, the process is rather simple - you simply remove the calipers from the mounting hardware by removing like 4 bolts and then slide the rotor off (and reverse the process with the new rotor). I feel confident that I can handle the job, but my biggest concern is safety. I don't want to finish the job and then have brake failure when I'm driving downtown 100 miles later.

Also, is there anything I should worry about involving the parking brake assembly under the rotors? I understand that the parking brake must be disengaged, but is there anything else I need to do involving the e-brake in the process?

Thanks in advance for answering my "dumb newbie" questions. It's very much appreciated!
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Old 11-16-2001, 11:53 PM   #2
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I did this write up when I changed mine. It is very easy and you can do it in your driveway with no problems.

http://www.scoobymods.com/mods/legacy/rotors.php
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Old 11-22-2001, 10:43 AM   #3
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Thanks for the link .. I happened to glance over the rotor replacement just for future info. I was looking at some aftermarket dilled & slotted rotors for my WRX ... of course only when I really need to replace the rotors. How come you only went with drilled and not both? I heard there were issues will drilled rotor like they are more prone to cracking? Can the pads be changed w/out removing the calipers? Thanks.
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Old 11-22-2001, 12:26 PM   #4
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You will hear pros and cons on x-drilled rotors all day long. If they are drilled right you will have no problems.Some companys take a rotor put it in a drill press and make some holes. A properly drilled rotor will set the hole pattern based on the veining of the metal. I got brembros that where cadium plated. I really wanted to find out for myself. I have talked with many people that have the same set-up as me and have had zero problems. Yes stopping power is much better and fade has been reduced. I am not going to say if it is the pads or the rotors because I changed them at the same time. Plus they look a 100 times better because the rust is gone. If you do get rotors get them plated they will last longer and look better.

No you must remove the calibers. You have to compress the piston to get the new pads on. Don't worry it really is one of the easiest things to do on your car.
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Old 11-22-2001, 07:51 PM   #5
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That's basically what I've heard also about the drilled stuff ... good is good but cheap is not good. Anyways so how much did the Brembo's run you? Where did you get them? Are they slotted? What can I use to separate the pistons when changing the pads? Do you have any pics? Thanks.
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Old 11-22-2001, 11:49 PM   #6
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Uh , yeah the pics and instructions are on the link listed above in my earlier post.
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Old 11-23-2001, 01:33 PM   #7
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Brudda, its very easy, any yard man can do it...

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Old 11-23-2001, 08:40 PM   #8
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Thanks for the link .. I happened to glance over the rotor replacement just for future info. I was looking at some aftermarket dilled & slotted rotors for my WRX ... of course only when I really need to replace the rotors. How come you only went with drilled and not both? I heard there were issues will drilled rotor like they are more prone to cracking? Can the pads be changed w/out removing the calipers? Thanks.
On Brembo and other high end brakes, I wouldn't fear the cross drilling procedure which they use. On lesser brakes, I would. The simple solution to this is to get them slotted. I'm not talking about the veins between the discs as are the front rotors, but on the face of the disc, they make a small groove like a router on a specific angle designed to remove out gassing from the pads. I don't think that the pads can be changed without removing the calipers. Also, one company makes "dummy drilled" rotors (I think EBC the company who makes "GREEN STUFF" pads) which position indentated drill marks strategically to help the brakes.

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