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post #1 of (permalink) Old 08-31-2005, 07:43 PM Thread Starter
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HELP - Front brake pads not fitting right!!

Well my brake pads were totally gone and one rotor was already being ground down so it was time to replace them. I replaced the rotor as it was too far gone and am trying to get the new pads on. The problem is that they're slightly too thick to fit. I've got the pistons as far in as they're going to go and there's just not enough room. So I either need a trick to get the piston in a little more..or a trick to get the pads in. I know its not the best, but I was thinking of sanding the pads down so they'll fit. This NEEDS to be on the road tomorrow...so if nothing else that is what I'll do. These are organic pads.
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Re: HELP - Front brake pads not fitting right!!

Likely the wrong pads for the rotors. There were two different rotor thicknesses. Someone will remember.

Off to the parts store Nick.

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Re: HELP - Front brake pads not fitting right!!

I think that you could get the rotors in two thicknesses on CJ's if thats what you are working on, 7/8" and 1 1/8". What are you using to compress the piston in the caliper? Some tools I have used that are designed to do this will only push the piston down to just above flush with the inner surface of the caliper, I use a 8-12" c-clamp directly on the piston where I can really get some power on it and it should go on there ok. This is assuming the parts store didn't give you the wrong ones (I would be SHOCKED to hear they did, union labor....)
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Re: HELP - Front brake pads not fitting right!!

I triple checked the pads and I compared them against the other set of part numbers and I definately have the right pads.

And I tried the C-clamp trick to push the piston back in...and it worked...but then I bent the C-clamp.
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Re: HELP - Front brake pads not fitting right!!

Well what I ended up doing as a temporary fix was to put the best of the old pads on...which was the outer pad on both sides...and then put the new pads on the insides. I'm hoping that by the time the old pads wear out a little more, the new pads will fit on. And if not then I'll figure something else out then.
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Re: HELP - Front brake pads not fitting right!!

Try cracking the Caliper bleed screw when you're using that C clamp. It may not help... but it won't hurt.
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Re: HELP - Front brake pads not fitting right!!

I did try that LEVE, and it didn't help. I tried everything I can think of to no avail.
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Re: HELP - Front brake pads not fitting right!!

Sounds like you 1.125" wide rotors and calipers for the narrower .875" version... AFAIK, the pads are identical for both!
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Re: HELP - Front brake pads not fitting right!!

Better watch pushing the piston in with a c-clamp, it's not too hard to push the bottom out of the piston. Don't ask me how I know. [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/wall.gif[/img]
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Re: HELP - Front brake pads not fitting right!!

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Sounds like you 1.125" wide rotors and calipers for the narrower .875" version... AFAIK, the pads are identical for both!

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Now that's the advise that I couldn't give.... but was sure someone would post up. I have newer junk.

Ooops, wrong rotors, correct pads.

So hard to remember everything.

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