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Old 10-11-2008, 10:15 AM   #1
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new rotors new pads....doesnt fit?

im putting on brembo disc and akebono pads...put the rotor and new pads in but cant spread the caliper apart far enough for it to slide on the rotor? what do i do. thanks guys
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Old 10-11-2008, 10:18 AM   #2
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depends if theyr wind back or push back i guess, if theyr push back get a power bar or something and evenly force them back if theyr wind backu may need a tool.
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Old 10-11-2008, 10:40 AM   #3
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trying everything and its still not on....should i shave the pads?
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Old 10-11-2008, 11:12 AM   #4
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No just get some clamps to fully compress the caliper. Even at a maximum opening there will be very little clearance with new pads. Just get a compressor.
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Old 10-11-2008, 11:14 AM   #5
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and make sure your brake fluid cap is slightly unscrewed (enough to let air escape)
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Old 10-11-2008, 11:14 AM   #6
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you need to use a big c-clamp to press the piston back into the caliper, otherwise you'll never get the pads on. pop the brake fluid cap and put a rag around the filler to catch anything that might come up. then use the c-clamp to push the piston all the way into the brake caliper.
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Old 10-11-2008, 11:26 AM   #7
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C clamp or a big wood working type clamp should do the trick. You can really get the force necessary to push back the piston with the latter.
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Old 10-11-2008, 11:35 AM   #8
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Or if you have really strong hands you might be able to bare knuckle it.
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Old 10-11-2008, 11:45 AM   #9
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get a c-clamp or some big vice grips...put one of the old pads on the piston and bottom it out
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Old 10-19-2008, 11:41 PM   #10
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Big channel lock is what I see everyone use!
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Old 10-20-2008, 12:47 AM   #11
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So we haven't heard from the OP in over a week, I'm guessing he either took our advice and was able to finish the install or he ended up driving around without pads and had an accident.
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