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    Hi Guys

    I too am a motoring enthusiast but niether family commitments nor budget allow me to indulge very much.

    I am driving a 2.0dti Vectra C. Not everyones cup of tea I know but certainly fits in with said family and budget. So far very reliable and resonably priced motoring.

    Mods are only done as and when a need arises. I put an alloy wheel and tyre package on the car as it worked out only slightly more expensive than just 4 tyres. I had to replace the springs last week as I had discovered a broken spring. Fitted a set of KONI sport springs only to find that both front springs where actually broken.

    Next job is discs and pads all round. Thinking of buying MINTEX kits off eBay for £70 front and £70 rear. Might paint the callipers while I am at it. Does anyone have any better options for brakes. I don't need anything other than standard brakes so won't pay for drilled or groved discs unless they are similar price to the Mintex options.

    Has anyone got a brake rewind tool and are you willing to lend it out. Don't live too far from Jonesy.

    Also looking a decent panel filter. Which one and who does it for the best price?

    One more thought. Has anyone got a full set of calipers (front and rear). That way I could paint a set of calipers and let them dry before swapping them for mine. We could pass them round to anyone else wanting to paint their calipers. Had thought about getting a set from a brakers yard, painting them up, then returning mine.

    Perhaps we could have an NI swap shop to save on postage to the Mainland.

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    try belfast brake specialists just off the crumlin road they are very good for feroda discs and pads, the black diamond range is very good

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    the k&n panel filter is the way to go for that. also becareful with the brake rewind tool for the rear as the pins in the rear piston are a different size to most others. the best thing is thhe 314mm conversion for the front but it would blow your budget a bit lol

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    i just used a big g clamp lol

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    you cant on the rears tho as they need screwed in at the same time as being pushed

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    Hi Guys

    Word of warning. You cannot use a big clamp on the back calipers. Owing to the handbrake mechanism the piston screws out as and when the handbrake adjusts. When you go to change pads etc. you need to wind the piston back in using a rewind tool. I hear it is possible to wind it in using snipe nose pliers but the rewind tool is the mutts nuts and makes things so much easier.

    Use a big clamp on the front of you like. The pistons just push in and out. Use a big clamp an the back and you will have a big bill for replacement calipers.

    You have been warned.

    BJR

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    If you want cheap pads and discs that are good quality, then you're wanting QH discs and Apec pads. I use them all the time on any of the various Vauxhalls around me. £20 for a set of pads for each axle, and the discs are around £45. I find the discs better than the Vauxhall ones, and the Apec pads are considerably better value.

    Mintex I find are too hard, so are noisy and grainy, and wear the discs too quickly.

    I get mine off Motoparts in Dundonald (directly across from XtraVision on the Comber Rd).

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