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New rotors! New problems!

This is a discussion on New rotors! New problems! within the Suspension and Handling forums, part of the General Help category; I got the R1 Concepts rotors and pads all installed and set to go on the front. Used the chance ...

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    New rotors! New problems!

    I got the R1 Concepts rotors and pads all installed and set to go on the front. Used the chance to polish the inside of the aluminum wheels as well. Damn sparkle!

    NOW I went to the rear, and like other people, I can't get the mother friggers off! Too late in the evening to bang the hell out of them, so will try tomorrow. Also read around about a torch. I don't have one, so may have to buy one if the auto parts stores are closed tomorrow.

    Polishing the rims




    So clean you could eat off them



    Definitely an improvement - I don't race or anything, so the drilled will be fine




    All put together



    This stupid mother blanker piece of crap won't come off!

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    Penetrating oil over night. Fire in the morning. Time to buy a torch, they really aren't that expensive and are good for sooooo many things. Heat it up a bit then a few taps with a hammer and they will come right off.
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    I have successfully used a propane torch to remove stuck brake rotors. Wire brush around the hub a bit and then warm it up. You can also use a plastic or soft face dead blow hammer to hit the back of the rotor. If you are throwing the old rotors away, then go at it with a real hammer if your aim is good. I do recommend leaving at least one lug nut spun on a few turns so you don't accidentally launch the rotor across your garage.

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    Turns out I DO have a torch!...Well.. the girlfriend does.

    She will let me borrow it. haha!

    I'm not saving the rotors so they can be smashed. I'll likely use a combo of scrubbing, oil, and heat to get them off. I searched the sub before posting and found a few other threads on it, so that was really nice.

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    Didn't need the torch - I used some spray to kill the rust, banged the front with a hammer after 10 minutes, and they came right off.

    Brakes have been set and broken in. Feels good and looks good.
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    Nice work.
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    Quote Originally Posted by pajeff02 View Post
    Nice work.
    Thanks! I actually hit the old rear rotor from the front in between the bolts, and had the lug nuts on just for protection. After the spray, it took very little effort.

    Figured I would run out and snap a quick photo before they got all dirty. The difference already is noticeable. Looking forward to how they do once fully broken in.


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    Very nice!
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