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Old 03-13-2008, 02:59 PM   #1
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Viggen's Rotors and pads are shot. What to replace with?

I dont wanna go BB kit or spend tons of money, but since the rotors are shot anyway, is there a better pair then what comes stock on the viggen that wont totally break the bank? Also, what pads do you guys suggest for just the front brakes?

Would like to keep the total around $350ish. No more than $400.
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The OEM Viggen rotors are quite good so I'd stick with those.

Pads are wildly different so you might want to say what you intend to use them for.

If it's just street driving, the EBC Green stuff, OEM, or Akebono ceramic euro pads (what I run) are all pretty good.

The Akebono is truly dust free, don't have to clean your wheels!
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The OEM Viggen rotors are quite good so I'd stick with those.

Pads are wildly different so you might want to say what you intend to use them for.

If it's just street driving, the EBC Green stuff, OEM, or Akebono ceramic euro pads (what I run) are all pretty good.

The Akebono is truly dust free, don't have to clean your wheels!
I only street drive. A few hard pulls in second and third at WOT here and there, but beyond that, I drive pretty civil. No track or drag use in the future for me.

So I'm thinking Akebono pads will do the trick fine.

My rear brake rotors are slotted and my front ones arent. Is that normal?

I know the stock viggen rotors are good, but wouldnt slotted/cross drilled rotors be better?

Just curious. Always game to learn something new.
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Akebono pads it is.

My rear brake rotors are slotted and my front ones arent. Is that normal?

I know the stock viggen rotors are good, but wouldnt slotted/cross drilled rotors be better?

Just curious. Always game to learn something new.
The Viggen OEM rotors are slotted.

If the front ones aren't slotted, that just means you have worn through the slots. There is still rotor life past when the slots get worn through.

I like the Akebono pad, it doesn't quite grip as hard as others but it is soooooo nice not having dirty wheels.
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I assume these are POS's, huh? Just speaking on the rotors. I just ordered the Akebono pads.

Happen to have the part number on the viggen front rotors?(assuming the above are shit which Im sure they probably are)

Could really help. Im having trouble finding them.
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I assume these are POS's, huh? Just speaking on the rotors. I just ordered the Akebono pads.
Those rotors are crap!

Many on here have tried them and come to the same conclusion. Stick with OEM Viggen rotors.
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I do have 18" wheels on the car. Should I spring for 345mm rotors? Will the calipers/carriers fit on them?

Or should I just shut up and stick with oem Viggen rotors?
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Keep it stock. They are more than adequate.

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All ordered.

OEM front rotors
SS brake line kit
Akebono Premium ceramic euro front pads(Part #AKACT800)
And obviously, a flush with ATE Superblue

Sound good?
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let me know how the ss brake line kit works out, i think i'll be wanting a set...along with sport trans mount, sport engine mount etc etc etc
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Keep it stock. They are more than adequate.

http://www.genuinesaab.com/catalog/p...9f8bd15e7bcaa4

It's the pads that make the difference. It was 2 sets of OEM pads to 1 set of OEM rotors for 35K miles. Since I switched to EBC Greenstuff, I have almost the same number of miles and haven't changed pads (or rotors) yet.
And that includes a few autoX and track days
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I do have 18" wheels on the car. Should I spring for 345mm rotors? Will the calipers/carriers fit on them?

Or should I just shut up and stick with oem Viggen rotors?
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I assume these are POS's, huh? Just speaking on the rotors. I just ordered the Akebono pads.

Happen to have the part number on the viggen front rotors?(assuming the above are shit which Im sure they probably are)

Could really help. Im having trouble finding them.
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All ordered.

OEM front rotors
SS brake line kit
Akebono Premium ceramic euro front pads(Part #AKACT800)
And obviously, a flush with ATE Superblue

Sound good?
Sounds excellent


Update on the SS lines, that's something I should probably do myself as well.
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Old 03-13-2008, 05:39 PM   #13
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The Akebono pads are awesome, I've run them for 5 years, much better than having black saab wheels.
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I have been enjoying EBC greenstuffs for about a week on my viggen's. Nick also has the non slotted aero rotors by brembo for like $60 each now too.
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