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Fastbrakes rear brake upgrade fitment issues?

Old 03-11-2015, 03:44 PM
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Fastbrakes rear brake upgrade fitment issues?

So i just got around to installing my fastbrakes kit and does anybody else have fitment issues. Lots of pad overhang and difficulty installing the rear caliper. BTW no picking on my rusty calipers.

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I had to undo the parking brake cable to get enough wiggle room to even fit the caliper
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Look better than stock though:
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They look great but with that much pad overhang im quite sure the stock brakes will outperform these, less pad contact=less friction, Less friction=less brake performance. Unless im missing something in the install. i also had to use washers to get the brackets to fit correctly which is not something im wild about being these look like just regular grade 3 bolts from Lowes. Im trusting about 40% of the cars weight in braking force to these bolts so i want some strong stuff. i looks like these brackets were designed for 12.7" rotors not 12.3".

Anybody else experiencing this?
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Old 03-11-2015, 04:44 PM
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Rear 4th gen BBK?
Did you use 3rd gen brackets?
I was looking forward to this upgrade.
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Old 03-11-2015, 05:24 PM
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Maybe this guy/thread will help?

See posts 101,152, and 184
https://maxima.org/forums/members-ri...-thread-3.html
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Originally Posted by The Wizard View Post
Maybe this guy/thread will help? See posts 101,152, and 184 https://maxima.org/forums/members-ri...-thread-3.html
If he won't thank you I will. Lol
Thanks!

So just flip them, huh?
Silly people trying to follow the instructions.
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Old 03-13-2015, 06:21 AM
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It was probably the 4th gen brackets that threw them off, atleast i hope.
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Old 03-14-2015, 10:28 AM
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I had issues getting my set installed properly too. I ordered the 4th gen wishbone piece (I drive a 5.5 gen), but when going to install found that I was also going to need to buy new pad retention clips as well, which meant I had to wait to do the install, as no local shops had the parts in stock that I needed.

Once I did get the set installed, I had a terrible squealing sound coming from the rear end of the car, it turned out that the rotors were too tall to fit properly with the caliper brackets and the rotor was rubbing on the wishbone. I took it to a local shop who were able to machine the outer circumference of the rotors to alleviate the rubbing.

I also had a heck of a time compressing the caliper pistons enough to get the pads installed, even using a proper caliper compressor kit. I suspect I'll have to rebuild/replace the calipers at some point, a temporary solution provided by Brian at fastbrakes was to grind the pads down on the sidewalk so they would fit.
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Right off the site:
"Description Fastbrakes designed 12.3" rear brake upgrade for the Maxima. Uses the stock calipers to keep the park brake. Kit comes with the 12.3" slotted/drilled rotors and the adapter kit. Must use caliper brackets and pads from 1989-1994 Maxima. Should be used with at least a 12" front rotor kit to maintain brake balance."
Why is anyone using 4th gen brackets?
Is that another problem with the instructions?
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Old 03-14-2015, 11:41 AM
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Originally Posted by Fakie J Farkerton View Post
Right off the site:
"Description Fastbrakes designed 12.3" rear brake upgrade for the Maxima. Uses the stock calipers to keep the park brake. Kit comes with the 12.3" slotted/drilled rotors and the adapter kit. Must use caliper brackets and pads from 1989-1994 Maxima. Should be used with at least a 12" front rotor kit to maintain brake balance."
Why is anyone using 4th gen brackets?
Is that another problem with the instructions?
I suspect I'm misremembering the year of the brackets/pads most likely. I think that it would be immensely helpful if Brian were to allow the ability for the purchaser to purchase all of the necessary hardware directly from him, it would save a lot of potential headaches.
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