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  1. #61
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    So, I’m having problems fitting the brakes. Apparently early ‘79 and late ‘79 have different thickness rotors and from the details I found on my car I have the right rotor thickness. But the pads don’t fit.

    Here are a few pictures of the old and new pads which according to size is the exact same.

    Anyone with info or help on this issue, please share I really can’t figure this out. My last resort is, overhaul kits for the callipers and just pulling it apart, cleaning it and then fresh seals etc.





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    I had the same issue and had to reorder pads for ones that were thinner. they looked identical and I thought my calliper wasn't all the way input I eventually found it was pad thickness that was the problem...

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    Quote Originally Posted by guile View Post
    I had the same issue and had to reorder pads for ones that were thinner. they looked identical and I thought my calliper wasn't all the way input I eventually found it was pad thickness that was the problem...
    Went and double checked with the shop I bought from and there are two pads listed with the exact same thickness.

    Worst case scenario, I buy overhaul kits for the callipers and maybe do the same and search for exact pad but slightly thinner. Yellow 4 Door Project...


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    I just machined off the extra thickness on a set of bike pads...
    The material is the same on both types, just the thickness that’s different.
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    You should upgrade to the MK1 GTI front brakes. Ventilated disks and the pads are twice the size. Gives you much better stopping power.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sports racer View Post
    You should upgrade to the MK1 GTI front brakes. Ventilated disks and the pads are twice the size. Gives you much better stopping power.
    That is future plans for the car. At the moment my main focus is to get the car on the road, and start driving her.


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    Late model cabriolets (ie clipper kit ones) came with gti brakes.
    From memory, You just need the callipers and then get new disks + pads.
    '90 Mk I Cabriolet 1.8L - My toy... err... Daily driver... - Replaced with ‘93 Mk1 Cabriolet 1.8L <- Soon to be mine...
    '99 Mk IV Bora V5 <-- RIP - Replaced with ’10 Tiguan 147kw <-- Wife's Daily Driver
    '05 Volvo T5 S60 - 2.5L Turbo AWD Replaced with '09 Ford LV Focus Sedan <-- Used by the kids

    '07 Eos 2.0 TFSI - Project Eos...

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