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Old 08-01-2011, 03:17 PM
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When to change brakes?

I know it sounds straight forward, when you can't stop-LOL. Coming up on 30,000 miles and can hear the warning scrape starting to make noise. It used to be that you could get away with just changing out the front brake pads and then change both front/rear pads on the next cycle because of how the pads wore out. With my set up, QD2, ABS and the stability programs, is this still true or do you change all the pads out at the same time? Thanks everybody.
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Re: When to change brakes?

When i change my brakes I do them all at the same time. Just easier to keep track of. I determine if I need new rotors once I get the pads off and can see them better.
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Old 08-01-2011, 04:39 PM
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Re: When to change brakes?

When I bought mine with 40k on it used the dealer swapped out the rear rotors and pads because they were worn but left the front as they were greater than 50%. The brakes felt awful with the rear new and front old. Swapped out the front with new rotors and pads (raybestos off Rockauto) and it blows my mind how much better and faster it stops. So smooth with all new rotors too. I say do them all.
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Re: When to change brakes?

Doing only one pair wont hurt anything, a lot of people do it since the rears wear much slower than the fronts. But as the guys already said it will be a better ride if you do all of them together.
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Re: When to change brakes?

I warped my front rotors at 20,000 miles. Front pads were beat to hell. The rear was still at about 70%. I've always changed the rears at every other brake job. I always check and clean the rear when doing the front since I have every thing out though. The front brakes are about 70-80% of your stopping power. ( Think about bike riding as a kid. Hit the back brake and you just skid down the road. Pull the front hard and you go over the handlebars.)

I personally can't justify spending money on new pads when they're not worn.

If you are going to replace them I would suggest upgrading since the brakes on these aren't the greatest. (Better then the WJ though) Alot of guys run Stillins cross drilled rotors. I went with EBC slotted and dimpled rotors up front w/ Raybestas ceramic pads all the way around. Night and day difference.

I do alot of rush hour highway driving. Constantly going from 80mph to 10.(probably why I burned up the factory rotors at 20,000.)
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Re: When to change brakes?

Not to hijack the thread, but is it ok to upgrade the rotors on the front with some cross drilled rotors and leave the rears stock?
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Re: When to change brakes?

That's what I did. I've had slotted fronts and smooth rear rotors for the last 65,000 miles. Like I said, the rears don't do that much anyway.
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Re: When to change brakes?

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That's what I did. I've had slotted fronts and smooth rear rotors for the last 65,000 miles. Like I said, the rears don't do that much anyway.
Thats what I assumed, thanks....ill be upgrading the fronts when I change my pads
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Re: When to change brakes?

I usually go through 2 sets of fronts for every one set of rears also. One thing I would suggest when you do end up doing the rears is to pull the rotor off and check the status of your emergency brake. Mine had virtually come apart inside the drum.
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