Here is the brake Calipers and Brackets Painted. The hoses are not being reused so I didn't bother to protect them from the paint over spray.
GTO Brake Pads 50% life left.
GTO Brake Pads 50% life left.
Nope just doing the front brake swap and then possibly getting some slotted rotors on all 4s but I am keeping my sport wheels.So are you going to switch to GTO wheels? I believe the goats are 5-120 and the catera is 5-110
FANTASTIC WORK! THX FOR SHARING.
you need some rims with bigger openings to feature those bad-ass GOAT calipers more!
something like these 18X8 TSW Apex:
I hope they don't jack the asking price because of that.BTW I Warned the guys from the GTO forums and told them that to pack their old 04 GTO brakes because I figured a lot of other people will be willing to do the brake upgrade...
Nope if your inners are ok you dont have to change them just unbolt the middle piece and unscrew the outer tie rod end... and reverse with the new one..Great innovative thinking CateraMV6.
they look awesome, and I am sure do a lot better job than the stock brakes - i am not really a big fan of the stock brakes.
Quick question for you: when you changed the Tie-rd ends, did you change the whole unit, i.e. the sleeves, as well as the inner tie-rod ends?
i brought my car to the Dealership today, with the Tie-rod ends purchased online, they said that they cannot just replace the tie-rod ends, they have to replace the sleeves as well as the inner tie-rod ends.
is that true? because i'll change the tie-rod ends myself, if it's that easy to change.
yeah, you're right. they said it will be 4 hours labor, plus the alignment and the remaining parts.Nope if your inners are ok you dont have to change them just unbolt the middle piece and unscrew the outer tie rod end... and reverse with the new one..
BTW lift the car up and grab the wheel with your hands on 3 and 9 oclock and pull back and forth and you will feel if the tie rods are bad... then you can have someone stick their head under and watch the ball joints the one that is bad will move...
If everything is tight and there is no play dont bother changing them...
What ever you do dont take it to the stealership cuz they will charge you for laber and then they will force you to do alignment whcih can worsen things because apparently they dont know how to fix our cars... go figure.
I had similar vibrations but mine was from the tires which were out of shape... new tires fixed everything...yeah, you're right. they said it will be 4 hours labor, plus the alignment and the remaining parts.
i just had them do the idler arm, which they finished in 10 mins but charged me $136.
see, the reason why i've been thinking it is the outer tie-rod ends that are bad is because the steering wheel gets a violent shake in between the speed of 43.5mph and 49.7mph. right after i pass 50mph, the shake stops. or if i drop the speed to lower than 43.5 mph, the shake would also stop.
the car vibrates at high speeds, but not as violently as the aforementioned speeds.
Thanks Bro.I had similar vibrations but mine was from the tires which were out of shape... new tires fixed everything...
I can feel some sort of looseness in the steering and actual tapping when I go over bumps thats why I changed the outer tie rod end now it feels stiff as new...