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Old 10-11-2011, 12:23 PM
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New Brakes, Painted Calipers, Plastidip

Well, the Jeep was in dire need of new brakes. Just bought it 2 weeks ago and the previous owner had left the stock rotors on for all 78k miles. I went with R1 OEQ stock replacement rotors, zinc-coated, and Stoptech street/track pads. Ordered up a G2 caliper paint kit to repaint the Brembos since the paint and decals had all put peeled off some of the calipers. Squigman (on the Cherokeesrt8 forum, not sure if he is on here) hooked me up with some new red Brembo stickers.

Decided to Plastidip the wheels for the winter up here in Buffalo. The stockers are a little beat up, but I wanted to save them from any more abuse and I will probably have them refinished next summer and either black-chromed or painted gunmetal. I had leftover plastidip, so I tapped off all the trim and de-chromed everything but the two Jeep emblems.

Since I know everyone on here are picture whores...enjoy!

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Bedded the brakes with ten 60 to 10-15 MPH stops and one 80-5 MPH stop and drove for a good 10 minutes to cool 'em down. (Read Instructions for bedding in your brakes for guidance on proper bedding). What a difference now! The way Brembo's should feel. No squeaks, just lots of G-forces on hard stops.

Installing the new brakes took a couple hours on Friday night, never done Brembos before, but much easier to do than other cars. I took my time and used the instructions from R1's website (which are borrowed from a 300 SRT8 how-to--same steps for LX/LC/WK Brembos).

Took me about 2 hours to prep and paint the Brembos. I taped them off, used 00 Steel wool, 320 grit sand paper and the G2 caliper cleaner, did three passes of sanding. Two coats of paint. Per the instructions, the G2 paint did bubble on the 1st coat, but the 2nd coat helped smooth it out. I'm very impressed with the product and there was enough paint to even do a 3rd coat if I had wanted to. The G2 instructions say to give the paint 24 hours to harden. So I bedded the brakes right around 24 hrs on the dot and the caliper paint and decals held up just fine to the heat.

The Plastidip took about 4 hours Saturday. Each wheel got about 4-5 coats on the back and 6 coats on the front, plus touchups after. The trim was done in-between coats on the wheels to give the wheels time to dry, be careful and make sure to tape good, but not on the trim itself. Had to do do a lot of touch up because some of the Plastidip peeled off the chrome trim when I took the tape off. I let it all sit until Sunday morning and put the wheels back on. I painted the tailgate chrome piece including the sensors and the sensors still work without fail.
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Old 10-11-2011, 02:46 PM
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Love the look!!
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Love the look!!
Appreciate it!
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Looks awesoem bro!
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Re: New Brakes, Painted Calipers, Plastidip

just played with the stuff on my friends lancer. really does look good if done right and sooo cost efficient. looks like you did it nicely. brakes look fresh!
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Re: New Brakes, Painted Calipers, Plastidip

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just played with the stuff on my friends lancer. really does look good if done right and sooo cost efficient. looks like you did it nicely.
The stuff is amazing, take your time and its pretty hard to screw it up since it kinda blends itself. Just gotta make a lot of light passes

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brakes look fresh!
Thanks! They were in rough shape before. Love seeing the red kinda float there behind the black wheels.
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Looks great! IMO black looks better than chrome against the red.
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Looks great! IMO black looks better than chrome against the red.
My opinion as well (duh haha), but getting mixed reviews on some other forums I put a thread on. O well, to each his own.
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Re: New Brakes, Painted Calipers, Plastidip

Came out nice! Enjoyed the progression pics.
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My opinion as well (duh haha), but getting mixed reviews on some other forums I put a thread on. O well, to each his own.

LOL...let me guess where that is? red site? Hang out here bro...that place is a joke!
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looks sick man
and the brakes came out really well
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