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My Brake Failure and Questions 2 years, 9 months ago #64012

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Well Jim, I don't think just a rebuild kit is going to get it done. So I had my driver front brakes fail this past weekend. It was my fault for not checking the inner pads prior to the race, but my question comes from why did the other 3 pads have just under 1/4 inch of pad material left and this one had none. The other three pads had a very nice even wear pattern and looked great. This is the first time I have experienced this. I was running Hawk DTC-60 pads. My other question is does anyone sell just a piston for the ATE calipers? The rest of the caliper is good and a new piston and rebuild kit is really all I need. Also does the piston from a Girling fit in an ATE? I have a set of Girlings, but I doubt it. Anyone have a spare driver front ATE they want to sell?
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Re: My Brake Failure and Questions 2 years, 9 months ago #64016

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Pistons are slightly different in height between Girling and ATE but interchangable when swapped in pairs. Bimmerworld sells stainless pistons but I think they are pricey. Used is the way to go.
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Re: My Brake Failure and Questions 2 years, 9 months ago #64020

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The site says $73 and that they are sold only in pairs. I don't know if that means it is $73 for one and they will only let you buy two or $73 for two. I'm guessing you have to pay $146. That is certainly an option if I can't find a used one. The rules don't mention being allowed to swap out the OEM pistons, so I would think there would be a legality question.
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Re: My Brake Failure and Questions 2 years, 9 months ago #64021

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A-1 Cardone from Oriely for 40 a piece iirc. When I bought the car all the bleaders were broken off an where unextractable so I got the rebuilds.
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Re: My Brake Failure and Questions 2 years, 9 months ago #64022

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My understanding has been that the cheap calipers you get from the autoparts stores are not the same as the ATEs. I have had really good wear with my ATEs and brass caliper bushings, so I would like to continue to use them on all 4 corners.
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Re: My Brake Failure and Questions 2 years, 9 months ago #64029

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King Tut wrote:
My understanding has been that the cheap calipers you get from the autoparts stores are not the same as the ATEs. I have had really good wear with my ATEs and brass caliper bushings, so I would like to continue to use them on all 4 corners.

You cover shipping and I'll give you a pair Girlings.
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Re: My Brake Failure and Questions 2 years, 9 months ago #64044

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Ranger wrote:
You cover shipping and I'll give you a pair Girlings.


Did you mean ATEs? I already said I have a complete set of Girlings that I pulled off the car when I switched to ATEs.
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Re: My Brake Failure and Questions 2 years, 9 months ago #64084

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Have you been cleaning a re-lubricating the guide bolts/bushings after every event? I've had uneven wear with brass bushings when I didn't do that. That was enough of a pain to cause me to go back to the OE bushings. I replace the OE bushings every other year when I rebuild the calipers and have had no further problems with uneven pad wear.
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Re: My Brake Failure and Questions 2 years, 9 months ago #64085

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King Tut wrote:
Ranger wrote:
You cover shipping and I'll give you a pair Girlings.


Did you mean ATEs? I already said I have a complete set of Girlings that I pulled off the car when I switched to ATEs.

Use the pistons from the girlings and rebuild your ATE calipers.

Re: My Brake Failure and Questions 2 years, 9 months ago #64091

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King Tut wrote:
Ranger wrote:
You cover shipping and I'll give you a pair Girlings.


Did you mean ATEs? I already said I have a complete set of Girlings that I pulled off the car when I switched to ATEs.

Ok, you don't get the Girlings then.
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