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    This is a great post, very informative. . I have a pending brake job on my '04 JDM WRX. It has the regular 4-pot caliper on the front brakes. Can anyone advise me on the procedure to change pads on this vehicle?

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    will this be the same procedure for the rear brakes because i am having a hell of a time

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    Quote Originally Posted by nic3krnnamja83 View Post
    will this be the same procedure for the rear brakes because i am having a hell of a time
    Yup, same procedure.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nic3krnnamja83 View Post
    will this be the same procedure for the rear brakes because i am having a hell of a time
    you get it figured out yet? what trouble are/were you having?

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    here is my brake saga: any help appreciated.

    i went cheap (1st mistake) on my replacement pads for my 02 wrx. the new pads did not fit inside the metal clips that are on the upper and lower side of where the pads go. i removed the clips, followed this tutorial (which is great btw), and put everything back on with brand new pads, but without those clips. the new pads fit without those clips, not with them. anyway, everything seemed fine until all of a sudden, my brakes make this obnoxious clickity clack whenever i drive. almost sounds like someone is clapping the pad against the rotor. everytime i check, the pads are in place and look fine. anyway, the noise is hideous and i have essentially reinstalled them three times. i am going to give up and i want true, original OEM parts. does anyone know what is happening or where i can get FACTORY pads (and the clips and plates you need)?
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    Quote Originally Posted by grizzle View Post
    here is my brake saga: any help appreciated.

    i went cheap (1st mistake) on my replacement pads for my 02 wrx. the new pads did not fit inside the metal clips that are on the upper and lower side of where the pads go. i removed the clips, followed this tutorial (which is great btw), and put everything back on with brand new pads, but without those clips. the new pads fit without those clips, not with them. anyway, everything seemed fine until all of a sudden, my brakes make this obnoxious clickity clack whenever i drive. almost sounds like someone is clapping the pad against the rotor. everytime i check, the pads are in place and look fine. anyway, the noise is hideous and i have essentially reinstalled them three times. i am going to give up and i want true, original OEM parts. does anyone know what is happening or where i can get FACTORY pads (and the clips and plates you need)?
    A couple months late but.... subaru changed the front pad design on the 2002's midway through the year. So depending on your manufacture date (before or after 5/02) you had to get that certain pad. Maybe that's it?

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    Pace: Thanks for creating this guide. Hope you don't mind but I PDF'd it and formatted it for easier reading.

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    break saga continued

    Quote Originally Posted by grizzle View Post
    here is my brake saga: any help appreciated.

    i went cheap (1st mistake) on my replacement pads for my 02 wrx. the new pads did not fit inside the metal clips that are on the upper and lower side of where the pads go. i removed the clips, followed this tutorial (which is great btw), and put everything back on with brand new pads, but without those clips. the new pads fit without those clips, not with them. anyway, everything seemed fine until all of a sudden, my brakes make this obnoxious clickity clack whenever i drive. almost sounds like someone is clapping the pad against the rotor. everytime i check, the pads are in place and look fine. anyway, the noise is hideous and i have essentially reinstalled them three times. i am going to give up and i want true, original OEM parts. does anyone know what is happening or where i can get FACTORY pads (and the clips and plates you need)?
    I did the same thing to my 02 yesterday. I pretty much ghetto rigged the pads so that I could have one of the clips on the top and i wegded the pad in there after a bit of sanding and cutting with a hack saw. The fit is nice and tight for what it's worth; i tried to replicate the "snugness" of the oem pads.

    My car isn't making the same "clacking" noise youre talking about (yet) but it definitely has a annoying squeek when im about to come to a full stop.. I haven't really broken the brakes in yet either (there's 1,000 theories on the correct way to do this...) so I'm hoping the sound will go away.

    one thing to note, they gave me a miserable amount of (pink colored)grease stuff for the pads which i did my best to spread evenly between the plastic and the pads(ceramic). I have heard that lack of grease could also cause the squeek-of-death sound.

    sorry this was long--anybody have some insight??
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    Hi all.

    I followed the guide on the forum and thought i'd share my experience.

    I have a my06 wrx (only for 2 weeks now) and it is the first rex i've owned. Anyhoo, to cut a long story short, I need(ed) to change my brake pads as they are pretty worn. Following the guide, I undid the 4 bolts that hold the caliper together on the front, when i got to the fourth, brake fluid started wizzing out from the caliper. I guessed this was wrong, did it back up, found the video for HSPN from this thread which shows a similar but different caliper/brake dismantle procedure compared to mine and got it right. Basically, for the My06, you have one wire pin holding the two metal prongs in which run through the holes in the pad assembly. You remove the wire pin and the prongs slide out. You can then put pressure on the pads/pistons to free the pads and replace as required.

    Two things: 1) the pads were the wrong size (if anyone knows the Bendix or similarly priced brand sizing for this model rex, please let me know!)
    2) When I opened up the caliper incorrectly the first time, it let a massive amount of air in to the brake line, basically giving me no brakes when i tested them after putting everything back together. I had to bleed the air out and top up the fluid which had leaked (which the level had not dropped on because the air had replaced the volume of fluid which had leaked out)

    So anyway, interesting first experience changing brake pads. Definitely learnt a few lessons!

    If anyone can recommend an appropriate fitting pad and retailer in syndey, it would be appreciated!

    Edit: Just realised this is a US forum so the whole thing about a retailer in Sydney (AU) might not work too well...
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    Well, I've gone through the brake-changing expereince of both the older 04 models, and the 06 models. I have to tell you, the brake systems are completely different in the 2. The 06 is like you said a double pin holding a tension spring. For my money, I just did the brakes using the "depress the piston" method, which is easier that the "bleed the brake" method.

    As for brakes, Hawk makes a good OEM and better-then-OEM for the 06 WRX. While they might not be available in Sydney, you could proably order them online from over a dozen places and have them shipped...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Truckster27 View Post
    As for brakes, Hawk makes a good OEM and better-then-OEM for the 06 WRX. While they might not be available in Sydney, you could proably order them online from over a dozen places and have them shipped...
    Hi Truckster,

    Are you able to help me out with a model number to assist in my search? The distributors i've found in Australia so far are mostly contact by email for information so I'd like to be able to specify a model when I email them.

    Thanks for your advice

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    I can do you one better:

    Pads Link

    This is the SKU you would use for the WRX. There are 2 types:
    HPS (better then stock, better bite)
    H+ (Crazy bite, maybe a little more then a daily driver not
    drag racing would need)

    This is not the best price. But, they price match. Just google these and see if you can find them cheaper, and they will match the price. I know I did, but for the life of me can't find the websites anymore.
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    Thanks for your help Truckster. Got the Hawk pads fitted and so far so good

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    Enjoy! Hope it works out for ya!
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    I've been looking for a good how-to on replacing the 4-pot pads and rotors, and the 2 pot rear pads but haven't found it. Anyone got a link?
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