Hey guys, this past weekend I got my new brakes in so I figured it would be good to take a couple pictures and write up a DIY on toptier.
I didn't really know what type of brakes I had on my car when I got it, but they where very squeaky and were creating lots of dust. They still had lots of life left, but the noise and dust were driving me nuts.
I decided to go with OEM rotors (because the ones on the car looked like fake slotted ones), and HAWK HPS brake pads. For the Evo IV the rotors matched up with an 06 Outlander, and the front pads match up with a 93+ Talon TSI, So I was able to get all of my parts from Speed Factor Racing.
Here is my work station:
For this type of job just a regular ratchet set will do. I find it's good to have a hammer to help brake bolts and some brake cleaner to spray down the calipers after taking off the pads and for the rotors after they are on the car. Other things include the obvious, Jack, Jack stands, tire iron etc.
This is what the old set up looked like. No clue what the rotors were, but after taking the pads off it appears they are Project Mu pads which explains why they were so loud and gave off so much dust. They were also very grippy, which makes sense now too.
These are the 2 bolts on the back of the caliper, the interior one is the one that fastens it to the hub, the outer one needed to be loosened to allow the caliper to move when putting the new pads on. There are 2 sets of bolts 1 on the top as you see and another on the bottom in the same spots. The 2 bolts holding the caliper to the hub will need to be removed to take the caliper off so that the rotor can be removed.
Once the caliper is off, the pads literally just needed to be poked out of place.
To get the pistons back down, I kept the old pad in place, put the caliper back on and used the extension in the picture as a wedge and it slowly pushes the piston back down. This needs to be done as your old pads will be slimmer then then new pads and if you don't, you won't be able to fit the new brake pads on to the rotor as there won't be enough clearance.
This is the new OEM rotor compared to the old one.
Old pads on the bottom, HPS pads on top, notice how they already come with backing plates already on!
To put the new pads on, you just do the opposite of everything you did to take it off. Put your pads into their slots, put the new rotor on to the hub, slide the caliper back on to the rotor and bolt the caliper in place. and Voila, you are done your brakes.
This took me about 3 hours as I had never dealt with this type of caliper before and took a little bit of trial and error to figure out what I needed to do. It should have only taken about 1.5 hours, but it all depends on how fast you work.
As always, make sure your bolts are tightened back up to spec, and that all bolts are put back in place. Always pump your brakes several times untill you feel stiffness coming back into them, never drive off right after replacing brake components. Torque your lug nuts back up properly and enjoy your new brakes.
This is how dirty I got from doing the front brakes lol
I'll write a review on the pads in the review section to follow up on the install.