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Old 04-21-2009, 07:50 PM   #1
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Replacing Stock Brakes, Ball Park?

Thinking about replacing my brakes, they're a little too loose to consider safe. Around how much am I looking at, price-wise?

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Old 04-21-2009, 08:41 PM   #2
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not sure what you mean about your brakes feeling too loose. is your brake pad wear sensor light on?

I just spent around $200 for pads and new rotors for the fronts only, but replaced them myself.

It's a really easy DIY if you have the right tools.
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Old 04-21-2009, 08:56 PM   #3
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When was the last time you flushed/changed the brake fluid?

If it's been more than 2-3 yrs., the fluid could be so saturated with water that it's boiling and not fully transmitting your pedal action to the caliper pistons.

Also, can't rule out the Master Cylinder either.

Minimum pad wear s/b 2mm (0.08"). You get two sets of brake pads before requiring a rotor change. OEM pads cost me $120 for both axles + $22 for new brake fluid.

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Old 04-22-2009, 02:45 AM   #4
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If you're doing pads,rotors, and fluid, but also want a more solid pedal feel, try replacing the lines with braided stainless steel lines. That made my brake pedal feel substantially firmer. All in (pads, rotors, lines, fluid, Motive brake bleeder), you should be under $800 (waaay under if you shop around).
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The lowest price I have found it here:
http://www.********************************************************************.com/product_p/986bk.htm

Probably all China made, but I don't run on the track, so this is the route I will be going.
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How do u know rotors need replacing

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When was the last time you flushed/changed the brake fluid?

If it's been more than 2-3 yrs., the fluid could be so saturated with water that it's boiling and not fully transmitting your pedal action to the caliper pistons.

Also, can't rule out the Master Cylinder either.

Minimum pad wear s/b 2mm (0.08"). You get two sets of brake pads before requiring a rotor change. OEM pads cost me $120 for both axles + $22 for new brake fluid.

How do you know that the rotors need replacing. Do you measure runout and/or is there a minimum thickness to the rotor?
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Old 04-22-2009, 05:36 AM   #7
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Brakes are the last thing I want to save money on...

$300 for set of rotors AND pads? You'll get every cent out of it once you ram into someone.
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How do you know that the rotors need replacing. Do you measure runout and/or is there a minimum thickness to the rotor?
You get two sets of pads use out of the rotors.

You should measure minimums.

Using a mic, measure thickness.

Front: 22.6mm (0.89")

Rear: 18.6mm (0.73")

Disc machining limit:

Front: 22.0mm (0.87")

Rear: 18.0mm (0.71")

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I purchased that set from Paragon, and they are just right for the driving I do (street + occasional autocross).
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I actually don't know whats up with the brakes. I haven't got a notification from the dash yet, the brakes just seem a little numb and don't seem to stop as well as I would have thought. I'm not sure if thats normal(still new to sports cars), but yeah, I'm a smidge worried.
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How many miles on the car?
do you know its service history, i.e. last time the brake fluid was flushed, pads changed, etc?

these cars are too expensive to just start changing parts w/o knowing what's actually wrong, so I second the folks who recommended doing the cheap stuff first, i.e. brake fluid flush, checking rotor thickness, etc.

btw, you wouldn't get a brake sensor warning light if the PO disabled the sensor following the last pad change, so I wouldn't rely on just that. also, depending upon the service history, the fluid may have never been changed and/or cheaper pads were used during replacement.

sounds like your best bet is to have someone who's familiar with boxster brakes to evaluate it for you or take it to an independent shop.
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I purchased that set from Paragon, and they are just right for the driving I do (street + occasional autocross).
Thanks. Its nice to hear from someone who has bought a set from Paragon. I'll feel better now when I order and install their set.
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Thanks. Its nice to hear from someone who has bought a set from Paragon. I'll feel better now when I order and install their set.

I also got my replacement OEM (Textar/Pagid) pads from Paragon. Best price, easy service.

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How many miles on the car?
do you know its service history, i.e. last time the brake fluid was flushed, pads changed, etc?

these cars are too expensive to just start changing parts w/o knowing what's actually wrong, so I second the folks who recommended doing the cheap stuff first, i.e. brake fluid flush, checking rotor thickness, etc.

btw, you wouldn't get a brake sensor warning light if the PO disabled the sensor following the last pad change, so I wouldn't rely on just that. also, depending upon the service history, the fluid may have never been changed and/or cheaper pads were used during replacement.

sounds like your best bet is to have someone who's familiar with boxster brakes to evaluate it for you or take it to an independent shop.
As of right now, 24321 miles. 2004 model. It was serviced before they sent it over, a month ago, but I'm not sure how legit that is.
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As of right now, 24321 miles. 2004 model. It was serviced before they sent it over, a month ago, but I'm not sure how legit that is.
With only 24k mi., the pads 'should' still be in good shape. Properly driven, pads should last 35k mi. or so.

Of course, Track days, DE's or Auto-X (even a few) will decrease the number of expected miles.

I still think you have an issue with old brake fluid, but possibly glazed rotors or MC as well. Pull a wheel and inspect the pads and rotors, that will tell a lot. Also, check your brake fluid level.

But with an '04 it's probably a good bet that it's running on it's original fluid. Change that out and see if that doesn't satisfy you.

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If your "new" to Porsche brakes and they don't feel fantastic you should have them looked at.

Pads, rotors, fluid, problems with the lines, etc etc can be hard to diagnose if your not familiar with them.

I would look to see who is a respected independent shop in your area and have them look at your brakes to see what the potential issue is.

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