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    1. Semi-n00b WethVento2.0's Avatar
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      03-12-2017 06:11 PM #1
      I have 1987 cabriolet, and to achieve 256mm brakes up front

      I used 1986 Audi Coupe Gt carriers - same as 16v scirocco

      Got Lucas 54 calipers off of mk3.5 cabrio

      Mk3 discs - 256mm

      Mk3 brake pads

      Everything fit together nicely but tight.

      I bled the brakes and everything went ok there.

      It is really hard to spin the wheel with a tire on and it was as hard before I bled it.

      It seems like the brake pads are too thick.

      Are there any brake pads with the shape of front mk3 brake pads but are thinner ??

      Thanks
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      03-13-2017 06:29 PM #2
      3 silly questions
      A) Are the caliper pistons completely pressed in
      B) Did you bleed the entire brake system with cap off the reservoir or just the fronts?
      C) are the carriers oriented properly left on left right on right side?
      Good luck resolving this problem.

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      03-16-2017 12:39 AM #3
      Yes, the cylinders were completely pressed in.

      I bled all 4 corners.

      I was not aware that there was a difference between the right and left carrier.

      I remember thinking about it but then compared right and left one and they seemed to be the same.

      No R or L markings on them either.

      Can anyone confirm that they are indeed different ?

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      03-17-2017 02:47 PM #4
      Ooops my bad on the front carrier orientation. I was confusing myself with are rear carrier setup which is different than the fronts also no left/right distinction , I apologize.
      Is the part # 357615125B ?
      Have you tried swapping pads?
      Good luck otherwise

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      03-18-2017 10:36 PM #5
      The pads are all same thickness.

      What do u mean swapping pads?


      Also, should there be any resistance on the wheel when no brakes are applied ??
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      03-18-2017 11:44 PM #6
      Ok there are 2 things that I can think of...
      - Check the end of the c.f. joint and the hub to see if there is a clip or something creating the resistance for the wheel not spinning freely.
      - are the caliper slides properly lubed so the move freely regardless if they're new or used if they are good then next check the caliper piston to see if it's properly lubed and moves freely.
      There is a pretty good write up by hookdub for a DIY rebuilding a set of Girling 54 calipers and carriers. Google it
      Girling 54 calipers. This may shed some more light as finding out what's wrong.
      Good luck man, really.

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