Hi, just a quickie here,
Since finishing the engine overhaul on the Subaru Baja, I felt why not go ahead and replace the brakes with some new slotted and drilled rotors? Nothing worse than looking through some pretty wheels and seeing ugly rusted rotors!
Note: Today is 9-26-14, I had some problems with these brakes, they exhibited a strong growling noise when performing a hard stop, or coming to stop light/stop sign from a normal accelerated speed. I called Prime Choice and they said to remove the parts and send a picture for credit. Did so, and they said they’d send a refund. Original cost was 147.oo, they refunded me 41.oo! Ouch! I never quite understood how a company absorbs the cost of shipping “heavy” parts, cause for the customer wouldn’t be cost affective to mail the parts back unless it was lightweight stuff.:( Let this be a lesson, buy from your local auto parts!
So, the remainder of this blog, these brakes look great, but aren’t so good after all and I wound up buying new rotors from my local auto parts!;)
I love doing brakes, they’re easy, especially with new parts! Remove the old and install the new! 😉
My search for a decent set of rotors led me to a seller on eBay called Prime Choice Auto parts. I’m usually a little leery of parts on eBay, but this wound up being a good deal, in fact all of their prices were very reasonable! Even came with all the anti-rattle clips!
Let’s review what I did have; some ugly rusted looking not appealing brakes!:( These were especially nasty looking on the rear for some reason.
I probably could have saved the front rotors, but I was going to have to spend a great deal of time refinishing them, then painting them, NOT.
After removal of the rotors, I got some hot soapy water and cleaned the backing plates and calipers. At least it will be clean. The calipers look pretty good, not rusted at all.
The rear parking brakes were in good shape, so I washed them as well after this pic was taken.
Here I was just taking a break in my crowded garage! Notice has close my Subaru is to the ceiling! It’s actually touching the ceiling. In a couple of months, we’re adding on to my garage~ I’ll have another 2 bays with a 12′ ceiling! Can’t wait!!!!!! 😉
I took some time and cleaned the wheels/tires, shined them up.
IN time I may paint the calipers or install caliper covers. But now, I’m very pleased with the look and function of these decent priced parts from Prime Choice Auto Parts!
I just got back from a test run to check out the brakes, they work great, no warped rotors, nice smooth stopping power! As will all brakes, they need a little time to bed-in for maximum stopping power!
NOTE: please refer to note in the beginning of this blog~!
Thanks for stopping in at Classic Cars and Tools! dne’ 😉