Join Date: Nov 2001
Location: Central North Carolina
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Re: Which brake pads last the longest?
Around here (central NC), nobody I know of turns drums & rotors anymore. I walked into a NAPA store with my rotors in hand, because they had a big banner in the window that said "We turn drums & rotors!" When I asked the guy how much, he said "We don't do that anymore, it's become a liability issue". I pointed at the banner in the window. He said, "Yeah, I've been trying to get them to take the sign down, but they won't." He swore up and down that nobody would turn drums & rotors anymore, you had to replace them. I suppose that somebody sued them, and they stopped. Whatever. I ended up buying new rotors for $50 each, plus pads (lifetime guaranteed), plus bearings, races and grease seals. Talk about walking out bowlegged!!! [img]/wwwthreads_images/icons/frown.gif[/img]
Anyway, if you can get your drums turned somewhere, do it. Rear brakes are an easy job once you get the drums off. I have a slide hammer that works wonders on 'em. I also recommend that you get a "spring pack" when you get your shoes. My retaining pins were rusted almost completely through. New ones come in the spring pack. Crow is right, do it yourself and feel the pride of knowing the job was done right! Your Zuk will thank you.
-Surly Early [img]/wwwthreads_images/icons/mad.gif[/img] <font color=blue>'88 Samurai - Built not Bought - 99% Duct Tape free!</font color=blue>