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Doing my brake pads for the first time (ever, not just on my FJ).

I ordered some EBC pads.  The front pads came with a shim on the back, which can be removed.  The rear did not.

I have not yet looked at whether the stock pads have a similar shim. 

So just to be sure: do I use the shim or not?

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@stevesweetz  - I have the EBC HH pads on the front and I installed them exactly as they were delivered, with the perforated backing plate.

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Hi @stevesweetz - I also use the EBC HH pads, and installed them exactly as they came out of the package, with that backing plate in place... I honestly didn't even notice that it was removable. 

I suspect that is an anti-squeal shim which is pre-installed on the backing plate.  Leave it alone and enjoy your strong - and quiet - new brakes.

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16 hours ago, stevesweetz said:

Doing my brake pads for the first time (ever, not just on my FJ).

I ordered some EBC pads.  The front pads came with a shim on the back, which can be removed.  The rear did not.

I have not yet looked at whether the stock pads have a similar shim. 

So just to be sure: do I use the shim or not?

When I installed my rear, i removed the backing plates from the stock and put them on the EBCs. Not sure if they would work as well without. 

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Funny enough, it turned that the stock front pads did not have a shim/backing plate, while the stock rear pads did.  The exact opposite of how the EBC pads come. 😖

I kept the EBC shim on the front pads and like coachluciano I re-used the stock shim on the rear pads.

All seems to be good, plenty of stopping power and no noises, so presumably it was fine to do it like that.

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I have just service and cleaned my front calipers, and I had to remove the shims on the EBC HH pads I was installing, as with them attached they caused the pads to bind to much,

cheers

neil

 

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I just installed some EBC front pads with the quote-unquote shims which I believe are there to help dissipate Heat whereas the pads slipped in to the calipers and rotor easily with the Pistons fully retracted it seems pretty tight once I took up the gaps by gently pumping the master cylinder lever I haven't had a chance to test ride it yet but I'm also concerned about binding

I did measured the thickness of the EBC shims and they were each about .40 millimeters thick which for each caliper only totals about .8 mm which shouldn't be a problem I guess I'll find out

Before that I had a set of vesrah rjl racing pads which were good but when I went to the R1 320 mm rotors I bought a new set from Kurvy Girl but they were the RJ LCT which didn't seem to have is much stopping power as the regular rjl then I had the compression adjustment screw on the left Fork cartridge o-ring leak (Forks by Matt cartridges) all over the caliper and rotor and tried cleaning the pads and despite trying to sand the pads flat I wasn't getting full rotor contact so I abraded and cleaned the rotors once again and installed the EBCs which hopefully they have better bite than the rjl CT

 

 

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