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Old 12-30-2008, 01:38 AM   #1
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I just got some Hawk HPS brake pads for my Wilwood calipers. I tried to install them right away, but only managed to install one new pad on each side. Both pads wouldn't fit cause they were too thick, so I'm waiting for them to wear down more to install the last two.
But anyways my brakes are really tight on the rotors right now even when I'm not on the brake pedal (The car wouldn't move unless accelerate on the gas pedal). Is there anything I can do to fix that?
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umm u r supposed to
how do i say this
"push" out the
ummm
piston?
idk
but u push it out untill u can fit both pads in
i had teh same problem when i changed my pads
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Yep tried that. The pistons won't compress any farther =/
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did u take the cap off the brake fuild reservoir when trying to push in the pistons
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did u take the cap off the brake fuild reservoir when trying to push in the pistons
Yep.
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u sure u got teh right pads?
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did you try pushing the piston back with pliers?? if so, go to autozone and rent their piston caliper tool, it works ten times better than pliers
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wait so you can use stock brake pads with big brake pads?
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wait so you can use stock brake pads with big brake pads?

wth... did u even read?
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Try getting a C-clamp. That's What I have always used when doing brakes.
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Try getting a C-clamp. That's What I have always used when doing brakes.
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Try getting a C-clamp. That's What I have always used when doing brakes.
Yep, i even tried using c-clamps at the same time.
But either way is there anyway to adjust the brake pressure cause they get pretty hot when i drive now.
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open the brake reservoir cap, use the old brake pads to put on pistons and use c-clamp to compress them in. it usually take a while, but it works. there's also another thing also, idk if the wilwoods are designed this way. if you look at the pistons, is there an "X" or + cut across them? if yes ur gonna need that piston tool to turn those pistons back in.
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if you compressed the pistons correctly and both pads do not fit with room to spare then YOU HAVE THE WRONG PADS. "If it doesn't fit, don't force it."
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YOU HAVE THE WRONG PADS. "If it doesn't fit, don't force it."

+1on that.I garuntee you have the wrong pads. thats the fastest way to kill your rotors and the rest of your brake system not to mention that is EXTREMELY DANGEROUS/STUPID TO DRIVE ON
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Just got replies from both Hawk and Wilwood. Both confirmed that the pads are direct replacements. And I was told that the thickness issue is common. However the tightness issue along with the heat issue is going away.
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take the pads back out and use some sandpaper and send them down till they arent soo snug and will fit in right. that or go to a wide open parking light and get goin about 15 mph or so and slam on the brakes a few times to seat them and c if that makes it any better
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05trdtc he said he's using the pads with his WILWOOD calipers....i'm asking if you can use stock pads (meaning the HAWK HPS) with big brake calipers....
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Sorry, but I am reviving this thread from over a year ago! I was installing wilwood replacement pads today on my front BBK. The outter pads fit tight but went in OK, the inner pads however are definetly too thick for the space i'm given. I had the pistons fully compressed and its still too thick by a 1-2mm (i'm guessing). Is there a solution to this problem?

I am currently driving around with just the outter front pads replaced. Inner front pads are in dire need of replacement soon
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