many times I have to seriously wonder about the judgement and logic skills, of some people

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  1. Grumpy

    Grumpy The Grumpy Grease Monkey mechanical engineer. Staff Member

    I recently had the opportunity to help, a local guy rebuild the brakes on his c4 corvette.
    hes on a tight budget, and does not have any real tools or experience.
    Since this was not a rush job,
    SO.. I suggested he order the required brake pads and rotors for his 1995 corvette from rockauto.
    (as they have better prices and a decent selection in many cases if your simply doing a daily transportation brake job.)
    I had to explain that the quality varies a great deal and while prices is not always directly linked to the quality its usually a good indicator.
    WHEN YOU CAN,
    IT GENERALLY PAYS TO SELECT WELL KNOWN BRAND NAME PARTS.
    I'd strongly suggest SELECTING O.E.M . OR BETTER PARTS QUALITY

    https://www.rockauto.com/en/catalog...brake+&+wheel+hub,rotor+&+brake+pad+kit,13824
    theres always a spread in quality and price offered,
    any one with a lick of sense realizes theres a relationship between cost/price and quality/durability
    as in all things you tend to get what you pay for, as the old saying goes,

    "IF YOU WANT GOOD CLEAN FRESH OATS YOU PAY A FAIR MARKET PRICE...
    IF YOUR SATISFIED WITH OATS THAT HAVE ALREADY BEEN THROUGH A HORSE.. THATS USUALLY CHEAPER"

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    heres the selection, from rockauto, notice the four basic tiers of parts quality,
    now in my opinion only a complete idiot,
    would not consider the fact,
    that you tend to get what you pay for,

    and certainly the least expensive no name brand offerings ,
    are not likely to be made of the same materials,
    or have the same quality of machine work, or quality control.
    notice the prices vary,
    but anyone with a lick of sense would not think the $60 brakes,
    are identical to the $300 brakes in quality.
    Id certainly be looking and expect to be paying closer to $160-$250 for decent quality rotors and brake pads,to be used on a daily driver corvette,
    and Id expect to pay 3-5 times that for larger and better built quality performance brakes with performance calipers in the set.
    remember your life and certainly a great deal of potential damage could be at risk ,
    if you buy the cheapest brake components, and expect them to provide anywhere close too,
    premium performance, and long term durability
    if you own a corvette , you should make the purchase of a shop manual a priority
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    https://diyrepairmanuals.com/produc...MIk8CVsoPt3QIV3UwNCh1PcwtTEAQYASABEgIrsPD_BwE

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    and yes you MUST READ the parts list details ,
    all the listed components may NOT fit your application.
    thus you must know what your car requires and if your not certain 100% youll need to ask detailed questions.

    you might prefer dealing with the local auto parts store vs buying parts on the internet, and thats certainly an option,
    and theres dozens of internet vendors like summit, jegs,ecklers etc,
    that have parts, just be certain you don,t let low prices be the major factor in parts choice,
    high quality is much more important in brake components

    a brake job can be done in your drive way with common tools,
    a floor jack and a couple decent 6 ton or ideally 4 12 ton rated jack stands,
    and common mechanics tools and maybe a medium size, c-clamp
    https://www.harborfreight.com/6-inch-industrial-c-clamp-37850.html
    to compress the calipers would be handy
    .

    it should be obvious that ,
    the ball joints, u-joints, shocks and wheel bearings should be inspected,
    while the wheels are off during a brake

    rebuild
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    https://www.rockauto.com/en/catalog...brake+&+wheel+hub,rotor+&+brake+pad+kit,13824

    http://garage.grumpysperformance.com/index.php?threads/upgrading-your-c4-to-c5-brakes.13/

    http://www.superchevy.com/how-to/brakes/1606-how-to-change-c4-corvette-disc-brake-pads-and-rotors/

    http://garage.grumpysperformance.com/index.php?threads/under-car-safety.26/

    http://garage.grumpysperformance.com/index.php?threads/floor-jacks.969/#post-72522

    http://garage.grumpysperformance.co...ys-nearly-as-important-as-high-quality.14326/

    http://garage.grumpysperformance.com/index.php?threads/trouble-shooting-brakes-3.380/

    https://www.corvetteguys.com/collections/corvette-brakes

    http://corvette.wikia.com/wiki/C4_Brakes_Tech_Paper

    http://garage.grumpysperformance.com/index.php?threads/wheel-bearing-replacement-related-info.1300/









     
    Last edited: Oct 4, 2018

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