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Old 03-01-2014, 06:54 PM   #1
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brake job

Here's my new brakes and rotors. I still have to wait for the weather to turn good before I can break them in. Took about 2.5 hours
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Old 03-02-2014, 01:33 PM   #2
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Just enough time to clean up those rusty nuts!
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Hard to tell from the pics but the rotors appear to be slotted and drilled is that correct ?
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Old 03-04-2014, 07:22 PM   #4
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Just enough time to clean up those rusty nuts!
any suggestions on how to dress up the lug nuts?
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Hard to tell from the pics but the rotors appear to be slotted and drilled is that correct ?
Yes they are. for $217 for rotors and ceramics shipping included I felt it was worth a try on a 99 Boxster that doesn't experience aggressive braking. I read several comments on here from others who tried this low cost brake kit and were pleased with the results.
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Old 03-04-2014, 08:14 PM   #6
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Great job! Its amazing how easy it is to save yourself $400 in labor!
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Thinking about trying to do the brakes myself too... And to dress up the lugs, check this out ColorLugs - Home

I have black ones covering up mine and hide the nasty lugs nicely.
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Covering rust with a cap that will retain water and grime is never a good idea. The best thing to do is either purchase anodized lugs or paint the ones you have.
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What type of finish do the lug bolts have from the factory ?
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Black OEM lugs are anodized. I assume the silver are as we'll but cannot confirm that. Here is a link to Porsche lugs which says to use soft sockets and paint them if they get nicked. https://www.****************************************************.com/product/LUGNUT.html
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The rusty nuts are easy to fix. I have been cleaning my wheels and wheel wells and removed the lugs, brushed them with sand paper and a wire brush then quickly sprayed them with duplicolor. I went over them with 2 or 3 coats and they look great. I'm not sure how long the color will last as I didn't clear coat it, but I think they should be fine.
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Black OEM lugs are anodized. I assume the silver are as we'll but cannot confirm that. Here is a link to Porsche lugs which says to use soft sockets and paint them if they get nicked. https://www.****************************************************.com/product/LUGNUT.html
I was wondering about anodizing. The paint will nick on the edges of the lugs the first time they are torqued down.
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Covering rust with a cap that will retain water and grime is never a good idea. The best thing to do is either purchase anodized lugs or paint the ones you have.
I've been using the caps for a few years with no issues. Spray the heads of the lug bolts with WD-40 before you put the caps on, otherwise they can be tough to remove.
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My lug bolts were painted steel. Repainted them and they look fine.
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Mine have a healthy dose of patina. They are staying that way too.
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Mine have a healthy dose of patina. They are staying that way too.
I had that once too but the doctor gave me some cream and it went away.
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Old 03-19-2014, 11:41 PM   #17
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I went with a $200 kit myself. Installing it now. After seeing all the $500-$800 kits, I figured I'd give the generics a shot and see how they do. Have only done the backs so far and am still working on replacing all the control arms so haven't had them out yet. The quality looks good though and the car won't see a single lap at a track so why not...

Also, I strongly recommend doing your own brakes. It's easy, enjoyable, and a great way to get your hands in your car even if you've never once held a wrench. Use the $400-$600 you save by doing it yourself to treat your girl to a mini stay-cation out in town.
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Used nonmetallic wheel on Dremel to clean mine. (Eye protection). Rust hardly occurs where I am and this was mostly brake dust. Now all match the four new ones that replaced the wheel locks I didn't want.
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the brake set is working outstanding. More stopping power than I had with the worn factory set. Look great. quiet and reliable.
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Old 03-20-2014, 06:51 PM   #20
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Good to know. I was wondering about how well they work compared to stock.
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