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Old 08-27-2016, 05:30 PM
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Power Stop Heavy Duty brakes conversion.

Hello all,

I just finished installing new brake rotors and pads. I decided I wanted bigger brakes and went ahead and ordered the HD caliper brackets and heavy duty equivalent brake package from PowerStop. I went with the Z23 package which has drilled and slotted rotors and carbon ceramic pads.

The job took about an hour an a half. It is pretty straight forward requiring no special tools. The stock rotors won't come off unless you remove a rubber O ring attached to the hub. I used a little screw driver taking care to not cut the O ring.

I performed the break in procedure and right away I can tell they bite harder and stop faster.

One thing I noticed the OEM pads looked new and they have around 37,000 miles on them. Pretty impressive.

I'm happy so far.




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Re: Power Stop Heavy Duty brakes conversion.

Looks very nice. I'll have to consider something like this next time I need brakes.
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Re: Power Stop Heavy Duty brakes conversion.

I just finished my brakes swap Friday night. Dumped the stock Brembo dust generators for for the z26 setup. Went to a car show yesterday, first time it's been driven since the swap and needed them on my way. I'll admit initial bite is slow but when you need them, they will pull your eyeballs out! My 300 was the same initially, now even at first start up you stop on a dime. Hoping these settle in the same!
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Re: Power Stop Heavy Duty brakes conversion.

I forgot to mention that Z23 kit and the brackets totalled $260 on eBay. The brake kit was from Summit Racing and the brackets from Tasca parts.
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Re: Power Stop Heavy Duty brakes conversion.

Nice deal!
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Re: Power Stop Heavy Duty brakes conversion.

****Update:

PowerStop is sending a replacement rotor along with a new set of pads. I contacted them through email and They replied super fast. ****

So after almost a week with the new brakes I noticed uneven wear on the driver's side rotor. See picture. I also noticed a shuddering sound when breaking hard.

Upon close inspection I noticed what appears like a material defect which looks like chip of metal fused to the rotor which is causing the uneven wear.

I properly followed the break in procedure as you require and evident when you look at the second picture.

I think I may be able to get the rotor turned but I would need a new brake pad as it probably had a groove carved by the rotor defect.

Any suggestions? Thanks



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