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Brakes - Standard Rotors with Axxis Ultimate Pads

Warning: If you are not competent or do not feel comfortable doing any of these modifications or procedures, then please do not do so. I will not be held responsible for any damages caused by a result of your actions. Now on to the fun stuff!

Parts:
Brake rotors (2 front and 2 rear)
note: I chose an aftermarket Balo rotor (I was told these and Brembo were OEM)
Brake pads (2 pairs front and rear)
note: I chose aftermarket Axxis Ultimate pads because of their OEM like cold stopping power, good inital bite, good pedal modulation, and low dusting.

Rotors and pads
(boxes and packaging are so exciting)

Equipment:
Jack and stands
Various Sockets and Wrenches (some hex bit type sockets 6mm, 7mm, maybe 8mm)
Pry Bar
Torque Wrench
C-clamp, channel locks, or some type of clamping device
Wire brush
Stiff wire
Hammer

Air tools always help ease removal and installation

Procedure:
note: this procedure should work for front and rear rotor and pad replacement. The pictures are mixed, but are the same procedure front and rear.
If doing just the pads, skip numbers 6-11 .

1) Raise vehicle, properly support, and remove wheels.

2) Remove plastic caps from the backside of the caliper.
3) Remove brake pad wear sensor from right rear and left front accordingly and remove anti-rattle clip.
4) Remove caliper guide bolts with appropriate hex head (left is rear, right is front)

5) Remove caliper and pads, the pry bar may come in handy here. Hang the caliper from the stiff wire to avoid stressing the rubber brake hose.

6) Remove caliper carrier bracket from hub.

7) Remove rotor retaining bolt (should be a 6mm hex). I highly recommend soaking these with some penetrating oil like WD-40 or Liquid Wrench. They tend to get frozen and may break off.

8) Use the hammer to knock the rotor off. You may want to wack the rotor face where the lugs screw in and then finish it off by hitting the other side.
9) Clean up the new rotors good and put them on the car being sure not to get any grease or oil from you hands on them.
10) Replace the retaining screw

11) Reinstall caliper carrier bracket and torque to 81 ft-lb front or 50 ft-lb rear.

12) Gently push the piston back into the caliper a bit using a brake pad against the piston and a clamp.

13) Install new brake pads in caliper. Be sure to use some brake quiet goop on them if they do not have any sort of anti squeel pading on them. (I decided to use some in addition to the rubber backing.)
14) Reinstall caliper on the rotor and secure with guide bolts. Be sure to clean and lube the bolts before replacing. Torque to 22 ft-lb.

15) Reinstall wear sensor where applicable, reinstall anti-rattle clips, and reinstall the caps.
Here's a tip to install the front anti-rattle clips. Place the ends of clip as pictured so that the lip is flush with the side of the caliper, then press into place.

16) Reinstall wheels and torque to ~75 ft-lb.

 


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