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Old 02-04-2016, 05:07 AM   #1
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Brake pad swap oddness

So I received my new Redstuff pads specified for my Boxster S.
I start the job (first time). To my dismay, I find that the old pads are different from the new ones: the new pads are taller. There is a lip on the rotor where the old pads ended (yellow arrow). The new ones extend further in and won't easily slide past the lip. I have ordered new front disks since these ones are nearing the limit anyway.
Have I got this wrong, or did somebody else f*** up?
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Old 02-04-2016, 05:40 AM   #2
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Got the red stuff as well and noticed the same back when we've installed them. Takes a few minutes to bed in correctly no huge worries. Do NOT hard brake thinking it will speed up the bedding process... the opposite, give it a few soft braking rides before hitting that break pedal (you don't want to warp the rotors)

Nobody screwed up. Aftermarkets parts it is. Nothing like Red stuff... you'll like them
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Old 02-04-2016, 06:43 AM   #3
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Look for meyle rotors on eBay.
The PAIR for the front around $80 and rear around $75

Don't bed the pads until the break-in coating is gone

I have red stuff and like them
Are you Sure you didn't get the front and rear pads mixed up?

Also if your brake fluid has not ben flushed in a while, it's a good time to do it. In any case, bleed them at least
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Old 02-04-2016, 06:49 AM   #4
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Great ! Thanks for the reassurance guys !
Yes, I ordered those disks already on your advice previously.
Cheers !
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Old 02-04-2016, 06:50 AM   #5
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Those EBC Red are the right pad, I am running the same ones. The Boxster S front pad has the counterweights or whatever they are called, but I believe the 996 front pads can also fit, and those are the ones that don't seem to have the ears. I had a set of Akebono ceramic that didn't have the ears. It looks like your old fronts were the 996 style.

The wear limit on the S rotors is 2 mm which works out to 1 mm per side - if your lip is 1 mm then you are at the wear limit, so it may have been time for you to get some new rotors anyway.

Meyle is a good german brand, when it comes time to replace my fronts (may be a while since they are relatively new now) I will probably try them. I have a set of ATE for the backs - they were a good price but not as good as those Meyle.
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Old 02-04-2016, 02:30 PM   #6
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It looks as though the set you removed was a Non-S style pad. I'm surprised they did shift while braking.
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Old 02-04-2016, 03:13 PM   #7
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No, they were in there pretty snug, but they did fade quite a bit at the track !
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