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Hey guys,

I am going to be getting some new front break discs and pads but I won't be getting them fitted for a couple of months but I have the money now so will be buying while I can and I just wanted to double check with you guys that I am getting the correct parts.

I am going for standard EBC front discs and Ferrodo DS Performance pads as that is what I found to be the best option based on an earlier discussion I had on here. I found them cheaper on ebay than anywhere else but wanted to make sure the part numbers were correct.

Brake Discs - http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=390129251890

Brake Pads - http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=260535824471

Also, does anyone know where I might be able to get them cheaper? (however based on my research the above is as cheap as its going to get without sacrificing performance).

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While you're talking about brakes, I wondered if anyone can help me out by recommending a cheap, but reliable place near reading to take my 145 for new brakes and a service, I think she needs new plugs too. Are the dealerships mega expensive? or would that be my best bet?
Not used to the UK anymore, after being in France for a while.:confused:
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Did you buy new plugs for a T/Spark before...? :D They'll be quite shocking (since they're platinum tipped and there's 8 of them). It may be better to buy the plugs yourself and get the workshop just to fit them.. or get a quote first so you can see how much they're going to charge you in advance. I think DIY price for plugs is about £65 and above...

Same goes for the other stuff really.. make sure the workshop can fit your parts or provide a quote before you tell them just to "fit me some new discs..." - you could get ripped off.

Official dealers would probably be the most expensive way to do it.. they'll use just genuine parts and their labour rates are likely to be higher too, though quality of work and parts will (or ought to be) as good as it gets. It's likely to exceed the value of your car.

So, if they will fit your supplied parts, then any regular mechanics workshop should be able to change your discs, pads, do the service and fit new plugs. It's not tooooo complicated, after all... (famous last words... :eek: :D)


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Hey,

I managed to find the EBC discs cheaper from buypartsby.co.uk. Haven't managed to find the pads cheaper though. I will have to wait until I get paid at the end of February before I can get those. One question I have about the disc/pad combo I selected. Is it overkill for general road use (the occasional *cough* thrash with heavy breaking) and will the pads have trouble biting if they are cold, would a more standard pad be better getting up to temperature?

CazzyCaz - AFAIK you can get plugs for about £60-£80 for all 8. Mine cost £80 from alfaworkshop.co.uk but you can get some NGK's for around the £65, look here - http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=360141670204. As for the service and brakes I would find a decent independent garage to do the work, preferably an alfa specialist if you can find one but unfortunately I can't help there as I don't live anywhere near Reading. I think there is a thread in the general alfa discussion forum about independant garages and alfa dealers dealers, maybe there is some info there ;)

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Hey,

One question I have about the disc/pad combo I selected. Is it overkill for general road use (the occasional *cough* thrash with heavy breaking) and will the pads have trouble biting if they are cold, would a more standard pad be better getting up to temperature?
DS pads are pretty brilliant. They need a few dabs when you first get going, to warm up.. but that's only a problem if you hoon up to the first T-junction, or down a multi-storey car-park ramp. It doesn't take long to remember to warm them up first.. :D but literally, just the first application of the brakes will do it.

They hold on for aaaaaaaaages when they're hot.. can squeal (though I never had any issues) and wear well (i.e. they last for years).

If you didn't buy the discs yet, I'd say spend money on the pads rather than the discs, unless you chose those discs for their appearance. Fit new discs and pads together if you can help it though.

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Aye!

Trick discs may prevent fade or pad glazing to an extent.. but regular OE steel discs with Freddy Ferodo's DS pads and Goodridge hoses can quite easily put the ABS on, which is the point where you can't slow down any quicker.

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Thanks very much for that. Been stuck without email for the last week, but will now hop on the net and have a look for parts. Thanks very much for the advice, looing forward to getting my hands dirty!:)
 
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