Brake failure

The brakes worked just fine throughout the day at ECR during all track sessions.  However, when getting ready to depart the paddock after packing up, the brakes started making a grinding noise.  The noise was exactly like that of a backing plate scraping along the rotor.  That’s actually what I expected to find….that the caliper had frozen on the pins and the inside pad had worn down to the backing plate even though I still had 50% left on the outsides.

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Painting, Part I

Last weekend I primed the cage.  As I said then, I’d hoped to paint it on Sunday but the temp fell into the 40s.  This week 80+…tomorrow…55.  Ah Texas.  Anyway, painting…the theory is that it is easier to paint the cage first, mask it, and paint the floor/interior second.  Lets test that theory!

I’ve elected to go with Rustoleum Safety Yellow, Gloss for the cage.  I used brush-on.  In the end it took three coats to completely cover the primer color.

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Time for a Test Drive!

Today was put-it-back-together-and-go-for-a-ride day.  So, yesterday I rebuilt the calipers, and painted them a nice red.  Today, they went into the over.  200F for 90 minutes to cure the paint.  Supposedly, this improves the chemical resistance of the pain.  We shall see.  Nothing like the smell of paint baking in the morning!

I spent some time working on a different project (a table for my Mother…2 years late!) while the brakes were baking.  Once I reached a stopping point on the table the brakes were long since done (90 minutes in the oven, and just about as long to cool back down).  Time to put it all together!

First the front brakes.

Gotta make sure that everything is close at hand, and prep’d:

  • Clips
  • Pads
  • Springs
  • Caliper (cleaned and ready to install)
  • Caliper bolts (cleaned and greased with fresh grease)

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Brakes and Stuff

The big job of the day?  Brakes:

  • Rebuild all calipers
  • Replace all brake lines with the new Braided lines
  • Paint the calipers
  • Install the throttle pedal extension
  • Install the new Steering rack boot
  • Remove the emergency brake
  • Replace the Differential and transmision fluid
  • Install the radiator protection

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Suspension & Brakes

Brakes:

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Brake rotors

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I guess that answers that question!  Min thickness after turning is 0.82 inches.  These are already at 0.665!  Oh well, new rotors on order.  Not a big surprise.