AEM Big Brakes + SS Brake Lines Howto (56k beware!)

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  1. diranged

    diranged New Member

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    Tools Needed:
    -) Electric Grinder (maybe)
    -) Flare Nut Wrench Set (Metric)
    -) Socket Wrench Set (Metric + 9/16th Standard Size)
    -) 18" of Rubber Hose
    -) Bucket for brake fluid
    -) Second Person :)

    Parts Used:
    -) Red Engine Paint (good up to 500 Degrees)
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    -) Hi-Temp Brake Fluid (Wet Max Temp: 350 Degrees, Dry Temp: 500 Degrees)
    -) StopTech SS Brake Lines
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    -) StopTech Axxis Ultimate Brake Pads
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    -) AEM Big Brake Kit
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    Before:
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    1) Jack the car up and support with jack stands
    2) Remove wheels
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    3) Remove the original brake lines as documented here: Scooby Mods Link
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    4) Leave the second connector on the SS Brake lines disconnected for now so you can move it around.
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    5) Use some brake cleaner ($2-$4 at local hardware store) to clean the calipers WELL. You want them to be VERY clean so the paint will stick.
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    6) Paint on some cardboard outside (they were moved inside for the pictures) and use THIN EVEN coats. Make SURE to spray at least 12" away if not 15" away and do NOT start or end your spraying while on the actual calipers. Make sure to start and end your sprays after you have passed over the caliper.
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    7) While your waiting for your calipers to dry to the touch (roughly 1-1.5 hours) remove your old caliper mounting brackets (two 19mm bolts) and then your rotors. Here is a comparison shot between the old and new rotors:
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    8) Now per the AEM instructions use the Hex bolt to put on the new bracket:
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    9) Next, put the new rotor on, the caliper mounting brackets on and then load the mounting brackets with your pads and anti-squeel shims.
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    10) Finally, mount your calipers and attach the brake lines per the Scooby Mods instructions above.
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    11) Bleed your brakes and make sure to get all of your old brake fluid out completely. I used nearly an entire bottle of brake fluid.
    12) Here is where things got interesting... When I tried to mount my 17" Rota SubZero wheel, they didnt fit. After a bit of cursing we looked closely at how it didnt fit and realized that it was the outer edge of the caliper that was rubbing. If you look closely at this picture you can see how deep this "divet" is in the caliper and then look at how much I had to grind off:
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    As you can tell, I had to remove quite a bit off the edge of the caliper. It is not enough to create a safty risk, but it is enough that you need to be aware of this. I am sure that with an 18" wheel I would have been fine, but some 17" wheels will not fit properly. It took about an hour to grind it off and smooth it out. After a quick touchup job on the paint, it looks basically stock:
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    After over 100 miles of driving I have had no ill-effects of the grinding or any subsequent rubbing. I was able to make a very small (0.05") gap between the wheel and had to move some of my wheel weights to more inside of the wheel and things have been great. Here is a pic of the brakes after the brake in period (per the instructions):
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  2. Homan

    Homan Unconquerable OT Supporter

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    damn that is nice, very nice job
     
  3. diranged

    diranged New Member

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    Hah :) I never mentioned that did i... 2002 WRX

    --Matt
     
  4. civicvtec1ps

    civicvtec1ps Guest

    Nice DIY.
     

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