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Rossland

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The time is approaching when I will need a brake job, new pads and perhaps disks. I would like to take the opportunity to upgrade to something better than OEM. but I don't need anything wild like the Brembos they put on high end Corvettes.

I know there is a lot of expertise here, so what do you experts recommend.
 

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My Boss Mustang is a big problem with the Brembos. Car doesn't have a spare tire. The rotors and calipers are way oversized on the front, back not too bad.

Do have a full size compact spare now but costly. HotZ28 has a very good idea for upgrade. When all else fails reread posts lol.

Oh too, looked last week for the container of slime to go with air compressor, couldn't find it at all. So riding around the past 6 years with no slime, compressor that may or not work and no spare at all of coarse.
 
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For an upgrade, I would suggest Power Stop Z23 Evolution Sport front & rear package. You will be amazed at the results! BTW, be sure to notice the wheel size of the package, since they are a different size rotor/part number.
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Thanks for the info. That is exactly what I was looking for.
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I have replaced the brake pads and rotors with Power Stop Evolution Sport just as HotZ28 suggested. I bought them from Summit Racing.

Very good experience buying from Summit, and I am very pleased with the new brakes, smooth and powerful. Big improvement over OEM.
 

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How has it improved stops; do you mean less brake fading, squealing or shimmy eliminated. Spongy pedal was also noted on another post- just curious.
 

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I haven't tried the spare, but I believe the new rotors are the same size as the OEM.
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The time is approaching when I will need a brake job, new pads and perhaps disks. I would like to take the opportunity to upgrade to something better than OEM. but I don't need anything wild like the Brembos they put on high end Corvettes.

I know there is a lot of expertise here, so what do you experts recommend.
If you are an average driver, doing about 10K miles a year with 60% or more city driving -- but are not a "slam on the brakes" or "ride the pedal" driver -- about how long should front pads last, and how long the rotors? My car is at 35K miles and I don't expect it to need a major brake job soon, but what might I expect?
 

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Bumping this thread for a question:

I'm considering the rotor/pad upgrade mentioned (by hotz28) above. I understand that the rear pistons are type that need to be rotated back to the retracted position.

Went to the parts store to buy one of the universal-type tools to do that job when the time comes. The guy behind the parts counter advised me that if I have electrically operated parking brake and or computer controlled auto-braking (I do), the job requires some kind of special electric calibration best left to dealer etc.

Sounds strange. Anyone know anything about this?
 

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Bumping this thread for a question:

I'm considering the rotor/pad upgrade mentioned (by hotz28) above. I understand that the rear pistons are type that need to be rotated back to the retracted position.

Went to the parts store to buy one of the universal-type tools to do that job when the time comes. The guy behind the parts counter advised me that if I have electrically operated parking brake and or computer controlled auto-braking (I do), the job requires some kind of special electric calibration best left to dealer etc.

Sounds strange. Anyone know anything about this?
I had my friend do all four corners in front of me - he almost thought the rear calipers were stuck, he then went and got a special tool from a GM dealer that successfully retracted the rear calipers. No special calibration had to be done though after replacing the pads. Good luck!
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If you are an average driver, doing about 10K miles a year with 60% or more city driving -- but are not a "slam on the brakes" or "ride the pedal" driver -- about how long should front pads last, and how long the rotors? My car is at 35K miles and I don't expect it to need a major brake job soon, but what might I expect?
With similar driving my original brakesbrakes lasted 8 years and I think 75 or 80k miles.
 

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So when you say retract calipers? Was always able to compress rams with large C clamp and blocks of wood, fluid would push back through to reservoir. But since ours is less than 12K miles going on 4 years ownership, may take a few more years before I get to this.
 

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So when you say retract calipers? Was always able to compress rams with large C clamp and blocks of wood, fluid would push back through to reservoir. But since ours is less than 12K miles going on 4 years ownership, may take a few more years before I get to this.
Times are changing no doubt. For some reason, the rear calipers (Rear only on my '15 Lacrosse) have some sort of threaded pistons. An attempt to push the pistons back into their recessed position by using a C-clamp could result in damage to the caliper.

The pistons now have notches cut into them. A tool that fits into the notches is used to rotate the pistons back in.

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It's all new to me.
 

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Yes the tool was turning while moving the caliper inward.
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Wow, the only thing I can think of is a directional ratcheted take up for the electric brakes lol. Never use mine, think it’s dumb- how lazy can it be????
 
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