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      12-02-2011, 03:49 PM   #1
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Replacing rotors with wheel studs intalled?

I'm trying to replace my front rotors but I have wheel studs installed. I can't remove the rotors without removing the studs or (possibly) removing the caliper housing. It looks like it only has two 18mm bolts holding on the housing so it should be pretty easy to remove, but I thought I check to see if anyone else had already tried it.

or do I jut need to remove and replace the studs?
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      12-02-2011, 04:09 PM   #2
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The studs are attached to the hub, so the rotor should pull right off after you remove the caliper. Have you removed the two small machine screws holding the rotor to the hub?
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I'm trying to replace my front rotors but I have wheel studs installed. I can't remove the rotors without removing the studs or (possibly) removing the caliper housing. It looks like it only has two 18mm bolts holding on the housing so it should be pretty easy to remove, but I thought I check to see if anyone else had already tried it.

or do I jut need to remove and replace the studs?
Unless there's something peculiar about your studs, you can leave them in place.

To remove the rotors:

- Remove the calipers the same way you would if you were changing pads
- Remove the caliper bracket (the two 18mm bolt heads)
- Remove the two retaining screws on the face of the rotor between the wheel studs

If you get all the stuff above off and the rotor won't come off, then it's stuck.
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yes I got the rotor free from the hub but the caliper housing and the studs won't let me take it off the hub. I removed the calliper with an alan wrench and still have a housing that held the caliper attached to the rotor. I just want to confirm that it is easy to take off (the arrow is pointing to the piece I'm talking about. It looks like it is just 2 18mm bolts.
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Yes, that is the caliper bracket and it comes right off. In fact, you can take it and the caliper off as a unit, since the caliper pins attach to the bracket.
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You haven't removed the caliper looking at the above pic. The caliper is a 2 piece design, you just removed the part holding the brake pads in. That is the only piece you need to remove if you are changing brake pads. The entire assembly (including the bracket) needs to come out to take the rotor off. It should be just two bolts holding it on.

I have yet to understand why European cars like using all these allen key bolts and nuts. It would make more sense just to use regular hex head bolts so it is easier to remove...
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Cool, thanks for the reply. I thought that was it, but it never hurts to check


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You haven't removed the caliper looking at the above pic. The caliper is a 2 piece design, you just removed the part holding the brake pads in. That is the only piece you need to remove if you are changing brake pads. The entire assembly (including the bracket) needs to come out to take the rotor off. It should be just two bolts holding it on.

I have yet to understand why European cars like using all these allen key bolts and nuts. It would make more sense just to use regular hex head bolts so it is easier to remove...
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are those ebc yellowstuff pads?
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I'm guessing Pagid RS19 or RS29 "Yellow" racing pads.
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I don't know, the photo is from the brake pad replacement sticky on this site, not from my car.
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