A fair bit of stuff has been going on since my last update, time to catch up!
I’ve finally had my R33 GTS-T brakes fitted, at long last. Got my buddy Stu to help me with this as I knew it was going to be horrible & complex job (mainly for fitting the rears)
While Stu was doing the rear shoe assembly & calipers, I did the fronts. Didn’t take me long until they were looking like this
And didn’t take long until the rears were done either
R33 handbrake cables fitted straight up. Here’s a comparison picture for anyone who’s interested. Left to right – s14, R33, s13
Lowered the car back down and swapped the brake master cylinder, and bled everything.
I drove it down the road, only a few miles, and the brakes were truly awful. I had a grinding noise from the back, and I had a very long pedal – something was surely wrong. Few days later went back to my buddies workshop and we swapped the BMC back to my original s14 one, perhaps the master cylinder was to blame. It turns out it was just a small bit of air, but generally just with everything being brand new, it just needed bedding in! Now with around 60 miles on the brakes, the pedal feels a lot nicer.
However, the grinding noise was still there. We found the rear shoes & discs were basically knackered so I bought new discs, shoes & pads from eBay, and they arrived.
Shoes were from Conceptua Tuning on eBay, I originally bought stock R33 GTS-T shoes, but they didn’t have any in stock. For £11 extra, they supplied me with these posh looking things, which I’m told are “in development” and are specifically designed for drifting!
Anyway, on Saturday I swapped out the old knackered shoes, discs & pads with all the new stuff
Went for a drive, felt so much better! Adjusted up the handbrake after a few miles and it seems to work pretty well already! Needs some more tweaks & adjustment, but defiantly locks up nicely, real pleased.
Me & my buddy Ryan repping Throwdown. Shameless plug :) https://www.facebook.com/thrwdown
Even after all of this, I was still experiencing some kind of rubbing/scrubbing noise from the rear. It turned out to be my tyres on the rear arches?! At first I couldn’t think of why it would be doing this, as I hadn’t touched ride height or camber.
After chatting to a mate, of course the shoe assembly backplate sits in-between the hub & bearing carrier, which pushes the bearing carrier further out by the thickness of the backplate (about 1mm?), hence why they were rubbing! Now that’s fitment, lol :)
Over the next few days I’ll get the fine adjustment device out (lump hammer) and adjust arches to suit. Other than that, all perfect.
In other news, I’ve been having a fairly major issue with my T28 oil return pipe. The bloody thing always leaks, and I can never seem to find the correct pipe to suit my car. I decided to buy this from eBay, which is a T25/28 oil return flange to AN10 fit hose.
Fitted this up a couple days ago, and so far no leaks at all. Spot on!