I had a go at dry assembly of my new 330s this evening. The EBC Yellowstuff pads are a really tight fit into the calipers. I can fit them by hand, they go into position fine, but need wiggling into position. I assumed they would be fairly loose.
How tight a fit should new pads be in Brembo calipers?
Sounds like EBC are going over the top with their paint!
Round the sides as well!
Tight fitting pads is a common problem with aftermarket pads. The backplates will most likely not be made by the brake manufacturer or the OE pad supplier so may not be made to the same tolerances & paint thickness is variable, particularly around the edges where a thick layer may build up.
Loose is better than tight - that's why most brakes use anti-rattle springs in one form or another.