Very good tips! Especially the one about the rear piston boot. I've never liked how that gets twisted up.Great video. I will be doing my rotors pretty soon and this was very helpful.
Couple tricks I do when I do my pads:
-I actually don't even bother taking off the calipers when doing the fronts, I just turn the wheel out to full lock and I have plenty or room to work with
-The center/middle pin on the front brembos can sometimes be hard to take off. I usually undo the bolt partway and take a rubber mallet to tap it out by hitting the bolt.
-When compressing the rear pistons, I try to turn the tool back and forth a little to keep the rubber piston boots from twisting (not sure if its important not too, but I just rather keep them straight, I noticed yours were all twisted in the end there).
It would've been great if you added bleeding to your video, would've made it pretty much a complete brake job DIY.
Ya, I just use my hands and press against the pads to compress the pistons.I have to take the front calipers off to get my tool in there to compress the pistons. So I don't bother even trying to get the pads out while the caliper is still on. Actually, I tried to show you can do that in the video but the pads wouldn't come out.
I have the fancy tool in the video as well, but pushing it by hand has just been easier. I just put my track pads on two nights ago, took 20-30 mins totalYa, I just use my hands and press against the pads to compress the pistons.
Ya, I was actually surprised his came out so easily on the video, but they didn't look encrusted in brake dust like mine usually are either lol.Funny you mentioned the use-the-bolt thing, I had put that as a comment on the YouTube video a bit ago. It’s a great trick rather than fighting it
Yeah, I've never had that problem. I've been using the Mountune street pads for a long time and they make very little dust. It had been over four weeks since I cleaned the calipers when I filmed the video. And they were still almost spotless.Ya, I was actually surprised his came out so easily on the video, but they didn't look encrusted in brake dust like mine usually are either lol.
That's good to hear, my set is going on this weekend. The stock pads put out an unbelievable amount of dust.... Already watched you vid in prep for the work.Yeah, I've never had that problem. I've been using the Mountune street pads for a long time and they make very little dust. It had been over four weeks since I cleaned the calipers when I filmed the video. And they were still almost spotless.
Any punch will do really. No need for a special tool, just a steady hand. Get yourself a nice little rubber mallet and a pin punch set like this:
I don't believe there is anything in brake cleaner that will touch the caliper paint, especially the new 'environment friendly' crap that's being sold. It's the brake fluid you have to watch out for. That is guaranteed to eat through any paint you don't rinse it off of immediately.Yikes re spraying the break cleaner all over the calipers. No worries about damaging the paint on them?
The dimple headed punch is nice because it won’t slip off as easily and damage the paint. I found this “nail setting tool” at Home Depot near the punches and hammers. Cost $2.50. Just make sure you get the 2/32” head or larger since the dimple barely fits over the point on the caliper pin.Do you not have a regular flat headed punch? That's what I plan to use tomorrow.
Going by memory, I don't think the rear brake bracket bolts are that difficult to access. Have a look at the video below, even though it's the ST brakes, it is the same as ours.For the rear brakes: If I was swapping the rotors too are the bolts that hold the bracket to the hub hard to reach with stock suspension? And how much clearance between the bolt and the RSB can I expect for the lower allen bolt?