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Good info!
 

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Just trying to help as much as I can. I don't get much time to surf with work so I give what I can to the Z family.

I actually tried this last night on the highway about 1:30am. If you do try it make sure you're the only one on the road
I thought I would be the only one on the road but I was wrong. Two cars pulled on to the highway from the off ramp and I'm sure they thought I was on drugs. They stayed behind me the whole time I was driving. I even had my flashers on and they would just slow down when I slowed down.


Like it stated about type of brakes, I think one series of 8 is probably good.
I have the Hawk HPS and after a series of 8 the rotors looked nice and smooth with that coloration they talked about. I may give it another run, if a good wheel off inspection isn't sufficient.
 

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It should be noted that different types of pads require different bedding techniques. Street pads are typically bedded in as described in the link. However, many race pads need a different bedding technique that Zeckenhaus describes (4 additional 80/100-10 stops). For race pads, 2 laps of moderate pedal pressure, followed by two laps of hard pedal pressure, followed by two laps of light pedal pressure, and then another pair of moderate pressure should suffice. It's ideal to let the pads "cure" for another 24 hours after that.
 

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:headshake: According to the 350Z Service Manual, the procedure noted in the link is simply not correct.
The following was taken directly from the April 2004 edition of the 2003 350Z Service Manual page BR-30:

BRAKE BURNISHING PROCEDURE
Burnish the brake contact surface according to the following procedure after refinishing or replacing rotors,
after replacing pads, or if a soft pedal occurs at very low mileage.
CAUTION:
Only perform this procedure under safe road and traffic conditions. Use extreme caution.
1. Drive the vehicle on a straight smooth road at 50 km/h (31 MPH).
2. Use medium brake pedal /foot effort to bring the vehicle to a complete stop from 50 km/h (31 MPH).
Adjust brake pedal /foot pressure such that vehicle stopping time equals 3 to 5 seconds.
3. To cool the brake system, drive the vehicle at 50 km/h (31 MPH) for 1 minute without stopping.
4. Repeat steps 1 to 3, 10 times or more to complete the burnishing procedure.
 

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When I was breaking in my Stoptechs, I had a much different procedure.

First off, to break in the pads and rotors, I had to make a series of 8 beddings. Each bedding was started when driving up to 60 mph and then apply medium pedal effort until you come to about 10 mph, in a straight line obviously. When I was doing this, it was funny because I was having smoke come from the rotors, which was normal, but it looked funny to others. Anyway, they also said that once you do the series of 8 beddings to let the rotors cool down and then repeat teh procedure.

One important thing that they also noted was to NOT come to a complete stop during the bedding process or you will burn an image of the brake pad onto the rotor which is not somethign you want to do.
 
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