Join Date: Jun 2007
Location: Lawrenceville, PA, USA
Re: The cow bell has arrived
Well, my EBC rear rotor arrived yesterday and I put it on today. It went fairly well. I heated each ring retainer screw for about 5 minutes with my heat gun. All three came out with no damage to the hex heads. I should have chilled the disk before removing the ring, but it was already hot from screw removal so I thought I would try more heat and pry on it. It finally came loose, but I did round a few of the teeth a little, but likely not enough to cause trouble. I think chilling and then heating the ring would be better.
I chilled the new disk and heated the ring to 300 in the oven. The ring dropped on with probably 0.010" of slop. I was afraid it might not tighten up, but 10 minutes later it was tight. Then I hit the snag...
I purchased a set or rear pads from BBY last May when I did my clutch as I saw I would need new pads in a few thousand miles. I did not realize they sold sintered pads rather than the proper organic pads. I have a set of BBY pads on the rear now and missed that they were sintered when I put them on four years ago. That explains why my rotor scored and wore so fast these past 27,000 miles as compared to the first 27,000 on the OEM organic pads. It was very smooth after the first pads wore out, but is heavily scored and worn almost to the limit now.
I have emailed BBY to see if they will take these pads back since I saw the sintered note this time before opening the package, but I am well past their 14 day return period. I have ordered several times from them, but never got a wrong part before. I checked their web site and it wasn't an order error. They actually list a sintered pad for the LT rear and I am quite sure that is a wrong part for this application. The instructions with the new EBC rotor are adamant that this billet, as opposed to rolled and hardened, steel rotor is too soft for sintered pads. They recommend only organic or their V pad which is described as "semi sintered", but say in big red font that sintered pads are "OFF limits" and will void their warranty.
Anyone want to make me an offer on a set of new, unopened Carbone Lorraine pads part 2987RX?
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