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Old 01-24-11, 05:12 AM   #76
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Dealer says I am at 6mm front and rear - suggests we will need to do front / rear brakes at next (60K) service - wants $800 to do the brakes. That (plus the pictures in this thread) was my motivation to order parts from irontoad. Now just need to get up the nerve to replace the pads.
If you just a little mechanically inclined, and you are just replacing the pads and leaving rotors as is, then the hardest part (by far) of the project is jacking up the car safely and then correctly dismounting and remounting the wheels. The part of the project of pulling and replacing the actual pads is a 5 min (max) very simple operation.
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Old 01-24-11, 07:08 PM   #77
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Dealer says I am at 6mm front and rear - suggests we will need to do front / rear brakes at next (60K) service - wants $800 to do the brakes. That (plus the pictures in this thread) was my motivation to order parts from irontoad. Now just need to get up the nerve to replace the pads.
This is a very simple job to do. As others have said, the hardest part is lifting the heavy wheels to mount and dismount.
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Old 04-17-11, 07:05 PM   #78
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Holee! I had no idea it was that easy. Many thanks for the photos and step-by-step tutorial. Great money-saver. Thanks very much!


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Old 05-14-11, 04:15 PM   #79
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1. easiest is to replace the sensor so you have a sensor again, but you can "trick the system" by soldering or tieing the contacts together and then just not install the sensor back. Hang it (twist tied) to a none moving piece on the back.

2. most cars the fronts do wear out faster than the rears, so you could be able to replace just the fronts. You have to check the wear.

3. I've found Irontoad.com to always be competitive and most times better than others.
How do you remove the sensor to solder or replace. Seems like two wires with no disconnect?
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Old 05-14-11, 05:05 PM   #80
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I replaced my front and rear brake pads yesterday with TRD items. They're still bedding in but the improvement from Bendix front and std toyota (sumitomo) rears is quite noticeable.

I'll also be fitting some goodridge braided lines next week.

Can supply part numbers for the lot if anyone's interested.
Direct from Japan the lot cost me ~$550AUD incl. freight. Money well spent IMHO.


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Old 05-14-11, 05:25 PM   #81
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I am curious about the Goodrich stainless steel braided drake lines. Where did you get them and how do they work? Please let us know, thank you.
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Old 05-14-11, 05:45 PM   #82
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I bought the lines direct from Japan,which is curious,as they're made in England...

The benefit of braided lines is improved pedal feel and reduced pressure loss due to minimised hose expansion when under pressure. They look pretty too,but I bought them for the performance improvement.


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Old 05-16-11, 05:49 AM   #83
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I have a followup - what's the torque setting for the wheel lugs? I have to go buy a torque wrench - any suggestions? I do have a compressor so I suppose I could borrow a air wrench from the local auto parts store. Any suggestions and thanks for this great writeup - my brake wear warning came on yesterday and I siad to myself as I was trying to get to sleep - F-that, I am not paying someone to do this.
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Old 05-16-11, 06:26 AM   #84
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I believe is 80lbs
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Old 05-16-11, 07:01 AM   #85
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I have a followup - what's the torque setting for the wheel lugs?
The specified torque for the wheel nuts is 103 N.m = 10,5 m.kg = 76 ft.lbf

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Regarding the Goodrich SS brakelines, I would like to know the specific website so I can order them for my ''02 LS, thanks.
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Old 05-16-11, 07:26 PM   #87
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How do you remove the sensor to solder or replace. Seems like two wires with no disconnect?
Search the threads on brake sensor and there is one with pictures, but trace the sensor back to just behind the caliper assembly and you'll see the connection point. It's a simple clip over design, like headlights. Trace it, you'll see it.
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Old 06-18-11, 08:48 AM   #88
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I would like to express my appreciation for this excellent link. Everything works great.
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Old 06-28-11, 03:35 PM   #89
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after you take out the pads as turbo todd has shown the following steps for removing rotors are as follows. all u will need in addition to the tools already required is a 19mm socket.
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Old 08-06-11, 10:18 PM   #90
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Could some comment pros & cons of upgrading to ceramic pads, like EBC Redstuff?
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