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#1 OFFLINE   GT500-2007

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Posted 14 October 2012 - 06:36 AM

Here's a question I hope one of you can help with. If I want to swap the front rotors on my GT500 do I need to remove the brake pads from the Brembo Calipers before I pull the caliper or can I just leave the pads in place and pull the caliper with pads as one piece? Will I have any issues with reassembly if I remove the caliper with the pads installed and try to put them back on after I swap the rotors?

I know taking the pads out are not a big deal but as I don't plan on changing the pads I thought I could save a step.

Note that I am thinking of swapping rotors for track use and the current rotors are not warped or damaged in any way.

Thanks for the help!

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Posted 14 October 2012 - 10:29 AM

I don't think it matters. But I would think that you would also want to use better pads for the track.
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Posted 14 October 2012 - 11:11 AM

Here's a question I hope one of you can help with. If I want to swap the front rotors on my GT500 do I need to remove the brake pads from the Brembo Calipers before I pull the caliper or can I just leave the pads in place and pull the caliper with pads as one piece? Will I have any issues with reassembly if I remove the caliper with the pads installed and try to put them back on after I swap the rotors?

I know taking the pads out are not a big deal but as I don't plan on changing the pads I thought I could save a step.

Note that I am thinking of swapping rotors for track use and the current rotors are not warped or damaged in any way.

Thanks for the help!

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No need to remove the pads. But a good point's been raised - you may want to change the pads for a different type anyway.

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Posted 14 October 2012 - 08:15 PM

What's your plan with the stock front GT500 rotors?
& what year is it ?

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Posted 15 October 2012 - 09:43 AM

If you swap pads with rotors it would be good to index them to get them back to the same side of the same caliper.
That way they will meet the same rotor face they are mated to when you return to original setting!
And of course do the same with the race set...

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Posted 15 October 2012 - 09:44 AM

What race rotors did you choose?

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Posted 15 October 2012 - 07:10 PM

Thanks for all the replies...a lot of good information and tips...

First off the pads I have installed are for track use. They only have three HDPE events on them and limited road use so I did not want to pull them out if I didn't need to.

I want to add the brake cooling kit to the car and figured while I had the front end apart I'd try a set of Steeda slotted rotors that I had gotten as a freebie a year back. I am trying to improve the air flow and cooling of the front brakes as much as possible as I seem to build a lot of heat in the front brakes no matter how I try to manage braking. I plan on keeping the stock rotors though as I want the option to switch back if I don't like the slotted set up. I hope to be on the track in two weeks so I'll see how it works.

Once again thanks for all the information!

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Posted 15 October 2012 - 07:46 PM

something to consider, Bear rep told me to remove the dust shield on a set of calipers and rotors I installed. This allows for even airflow. While street applications it may be a non issue, I could see heavy track use they could hinder even airflow on both sides of the rotor. That said, you did indicate that you were going to put cooling kit.
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Posted 28 February 2013 - 12:59 PM

Getting ready for a track event and would like to have a dedicated set of rotors and pads for track use on my '12 GT500. Thinking about a cryo treated set of slotted rotors ($150 each) up front. Plan on leaving the factory rear setup as-is...anyone have any pad recommendations for the fronts?

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Posted 28 February 2013 - 08:20 PM

Getting ready for a track event and would like to have a dedicated set of rotors and pads for track use on my '12 GT500. Thinking about a cryo treated set of slotted rotors ($150 each) up front. Plan on leaving the factory rear setup as-is...anyone have any pad recommendations for the fronts?

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Posted 04 March 2013 - 06:04 AM

Thanks for the advice Albino500!

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Posted 04 March 2013 - 08:31 PM

Let me know what you think after your next track event :shades:
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Posted 21 March 2013 - 11:55 AM

Just bought a full set of frt & rear Girodiscs for the 12' SHELBY.
Will try them ASAP
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Posted 21 March 2013 - 01:10 PM

You will love the Girodiscs. I have them on my 2008 Shelby GT with Brembo rotors and they rock.

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Posted 20 April 2013 - 10:00 AM

one thing i learned the hard way is make sure you put the corresponding pad on the rear that goes with the front. otherwise the front does 98% of the stopping istead of 90 and you have glowing front rotors. cool to watch but they fail quick.




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