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Old 08-24-2004, 04:14   #1 (permalink)
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DBA slotted and Bendix Ultimates - bedding in methods

Hi guys

I purchased a set of DBA slotted rotors (thanks Heritage) and will Be getting a set of bendix ultimate pads tommorow and fitting them on the weekend. I was wondering what the best mothod of bedding them in was. I've fitted many brake pads before, and found on most occasions by a few hard stops straight after fitment, that I havn't had a problem bedding in. I am sure alot of you have the DBA slotted and bendix Ultimate combination and I was just after a few tips you could give me of bedding in based on your expereinces.

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Old 08-24-2004, 04:45   #2 (permalink)
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Thats the way i was recomended to do it years ago, and have done it that way for every set of pads Eamon.
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Re: DBA slotted and Bendix Ultimates - bedding in methods

all we do is drive at 20 kph with foot lightly on brake and gas for @ 50 mts just to heat up pads and scuff them alittle. dont need to tromp on peddle, just drag the pads.
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Re: DBA slotted and Bendix Ultimates - bedding in methods

Same here, half a dozen medium to heavy brake applications from 40-60kph without coming to a complete stop should do the job.
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Cebco recomended stops from about 70 down to 10, with about 200-400M between each stop.
If the brakes start to smoke increas the time between stops.
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Re: DBA slotted and Bendix Ultimates - bedding in methods

Same here, half a dozen medium to heavy brake applications from 40-60kph without coming to a complete stop should do the job.

thats what i done... and they were smokin.... so yeh.... and the discs went BLUE!
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Re: DBA slotted and Bendix Ultimates - bedding in methods

Well I fitted the brakes today. Also did a full flush of brake fluid. The pedal is still a bit soft, but better than it was before. I didn't gravity bleed I did proper brake bleed so theres no air in the lines. I think it just needs more time to come good. Well what can I say about the brakes. They bedded in, I went for a nice drive and they kept getting beter and better.

It lacks initial bite, but I think tha comes down to the pedal being a little soft. When stomping hard it's almost like a turbo in reverse, where theres not much on when you first brake but all of a sudden it just GRABS the car and says "hey fcuker you aren't going anywhere".

All in all I'm happy with it for $300 and I know that I wont have to replace the front brakes again for probably as long as I plan to keep the car.
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Re: DBA slotted and Bendix Ultimates - bedding in methods

wow sounds good cobra....

how much are dba's new? Was that 300 for the pads and rotors?

Obviously they are much better than stock, but how much? Marginally or very noticeable?
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As the pads bed in Eamon, the feel should improve.
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Re: DBA slotted and Bendix Ultimates - bedding in methods

Did you decide against Drilled and slotted rotors because of the cracking issue?

Another note about the brake-in of pads. You are only trying to temper the surface of the pad, so the softer and more time in between dabs on the brakes, with less heat the better. It's a bit like heat cycling your brakes, the more times you can heat them up and let them cool down, before punishing them, the longer they will last. The reason you cant come to a complete stop is, you will leave melted pad material on the disc and then it's on for good. A good way to avoid this is to use a low gear long before corners and try and use the handbrake for complete stops(if safety allows). Thats what i do for the first five trips around the block, my block being about 4km though.
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