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Yesterday I took the 4 rotors to the machine shop & had them resurfaced. Then I sandblasted the hats, inside and out. I painted them with Duplicolor caliper paint, metallic silver. It is not a perfect match to my graphite pegs, but I chose that over black. Once they get a little dirty, you'll never know!
I painted a little bit into the pad contact area, so hopefully the excess will be cut away by the pads without gumming things up too bad. I didn't want to leave a little gap there for rust to build up again. Oh and I liberally coated the hubs with high-temp anti-seize compound (the reddish stuff you can see in the pics) to hopefully keep the rotors from freezing on in the future.

For the pads, I found the EBC Redstuff pads on Autocom.com for $225.35 shipped (front and rear). The front pads are part # DP31210C, which I have installed now. The rear ones were backordered from EBC, but should be here in another week or so. They are part # DP31140C (hopefully they will fit with no problems as well). After bleeding them and giving the R a quick wash, I'm now ready to go out and bed them in!



 

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Re: EBC Redstuffs installed! (soupandspoons)

The rotors are good - still plenty of thickness. I wonder why Volvo would not want people to resurface their rotors? Unless they thought they'd sell more new rotors that way...
 

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Re: EBC Redstuffs installed! (rotorwash)

I inquired about that too, and the mechanic I talked to said that he had done several of them, and not just on the R's but the S60's too, and he said that the customers usually come back in 3 to 4 months complaining of a pulsation in the brake pedal (warped rotors). So when I heard that I just chose to replace them and not chance it!
 

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Re: EBC Redstuffs installed! (Overun73)

FYI:

Front rotor thickness is 32mm new and min thickness is 30mm. Rear rotor is 28mm new and min thickness is 26mm. In other words, if the resurfacing took off a mm of rotor on each side, you'd be at the minimum.

Might be worth checking with a good set of calipers.



Not all recommendations by Volvo can be attributed to simple greed.

Cheers,

J
 

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Re: EBC Redstuffs installed! (Scyn)

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I am thinking about Redstuff also!

Hope you tell us how they work with stock rotors
I have gone through two good bedding processes and here's what I have so far:

During easy braking, I am experiencing a very good initial bite, followed by some squishy pedal travel, then very good grip at about 1/3 to 1/2 travel.

At moderate to heavy braking, they are fantastic!

I would think the squishy pedal under light load would be attributed to air in the lines or low fluid, but I just bled them after installation and the reservoir level is near max - I will see if I can pour in a little more fluid tomorrow. Other than that, perhaps a little of the paint from the rotors could have embedded itself on the pad surface?

I am still awaiting shipment of my rear pads from autocom.com and my SS brake lines from Viva, so if the performance issue has not been resolved by then, I will remove the front pads and re-inspect the surface. I'll keep you all posted!
 
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