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Old 07-27-2004, 09:57 PM
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As the front wheel bearings on my daily abused/driven civic started to fail I knew it was time to replace them. The best option was to go for the integra upgrade. I called up Import Auto Salvage and spoke to Larry Jr. Three days later and with a thinner wallet (weight reduction...eh...) my brakes arrived ready to be primped and prepared. Normally these brakes can just bolt onto the sub-par stock civic brakes but I chose to show off my new calipers with some hopefully non-ricey red paint.

Here's what the UPS man brought:



What you don't see in detail is the excellent packaging that went into the shipping of my new-for-me brakes.

Here's what the Calipers, Steering knuckles, and Upper Control Arms look like just before the paint booth/porch.




These are the tools required for the job:




I sanded the calipers and the Steering Knuckles with the wire brush and made sure not to get rust dust in my eyes using the proper eye protection.

After sanding I taped everything up and gave them a couple coats of paint.

Here's the final product.







Before and After...or After and Before



(more pics in the follow-up installation on the car... hmmm...maybe i'll do a
stopping distance check? )

Eh, I'm proud of her so here's my Love:
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Old 07-27-2004, 10:01 PM
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what the hell are you using adjustable wrench for? I don't recomend it.
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Old 07-27-2004, 10:18 PM
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The adustable wrench was used to take the fitting off of the "car" side of the brake line.



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oh nm then, I never replaced the hoses. just used stock ones and placed some spacers between the two bolts that hold the line.
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Old 07-27-2004, 10:23 PM
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How much did those run you? nice job btw.
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has anyone ever seen or heard of painted rotors or can you even paint them? if so looking for some black ones
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The rust on stock rotors that have been sitting for awhile is easily removed after a session of braking, think of how easily paint will come off. The rotor will not remain the same thickness.


On a side not, congrats with the brakes, I rounded off the one of my bolts on my rear caliper and broke the front caliper brake. I'm sure you will have better luck, as I was experiencing a bad day.
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lets see a pic of it installed on ur car!
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I'm very surprised nobody has flamed him for painting his brakes red. BUt in the spirit of being nice, I wont be the first one.
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Well, it took me awhile to find some more free time but I started swapping the integra brakes onto my civic. Here's the progress with side-by-side comparisons:



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Here is a quick shot of the brakes installed on my car:

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<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD>Quote, originally posted by blacksniper &raquo;</TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">has anyone ever seen or heard of painted rotors or can you even paint them? if so looking for some black ones</TD></TR></TABLE>

sure you can paint them!

do i recommend it? no.
will the paint last more than time of hitting the brakes? no.
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i like it
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<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD>Quote, originally posted by MichaelJComputer &raquo;</TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">

sure you can paint them!

do i recommend it? no.
will the paint last more than time of hitting the brakes? no.</TD></TR></TABLE>

yeah i agree.

I bought some rotors from carbotech, great rotors btw. They were painted, looked great brand new, now they look like they would if they weren't painted in the first place. Only $42/ea.

Here's what they looked like new though, **Bling**



and to Jovial111, good job , the job and your car look great
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<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD>Quote, originally posted by blacksniper &raquo;</TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">has anyone ever seen or heard of painted rotors or can you even paint them? if so looking for some black ones</TD></TR></TABLE>

you mean like endless or project Mu


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Painting any parts of your brakes

...MAYBE just the middle of the rotor to get rid of the rusted top hat look.
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i assumed the previous poster was referring to painting the entire rotor the top hat? sure, but the rust/grime will take over after a short while.
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<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD>Quote, originally posted by eL &raquo;</TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">Painting any parts of your brakes

...MAYBE just the middle of the rotor to get rid of the rusted top hat look.</TD></TR></TABLE>

painting the contact surface = stupidity (assuming it vastly reduces the coeffecient of friction)

i don't see anything wrong painting the hat though
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this is what I use to paint calipers
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