Feb 27, 2009 update to the Dodge Neon ACR project car

Neon Brake Upgrades

Jacking up the Neon for some work.
Racing Brake rotors and Carbotech pads should make for some decent stopping power.

The brakes on our Neon weren’t up for much performance use, fading after just a few stops from 60 mph. We decided to replace the rotors with new cross-drilled and slotted pieces from Racing Brake and pads from Carbotech. We chose Carbotech’s XP8 autocross pad for our Neon, as it should also work well in a rallycross setting.

Unfortunately, one of the phenolic caliper pistons decided to shatter as we were retracting it into its bore. We’ve got a new one ordered, and we’ll be able to test our new brakes soon.

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Carson
Carson Dork
2/27/09 5:02 p.m.

Put some jack stands under there!

Per Schroeder
Per Schroeder PowerDork
2/27/09 5:36 p.m.

The jackstands were sitting right next to me as I took that picture....they were then put under the car.

Per Schroeder
Per Schroeder PowerDork
2/27/09 5:59 p.m.

The brakes on our Neon weren't up for much performance use, fading after just a few stops from 60 mph. We decided to replace the rotors with new cross-drilled and slotted pieces from Racing Brake and pads from Carbotech. We chose Carbotech's XP8 autocross pad for our Neon, as it should also work well in a rallycross setting.

Unfortunately, one of the phenolic caliper pistons decided to shatter as we were retracting it into its bore. We've got a new one ordered, and we'll be able to test our new brakes soon.

Carson
Carson Dork
2/28/09 10:19 a.m.

Oh good, safety first, especially for new fathers!

VanFab
VanFab New Reader
2/28/09 6:51 p.m.

Thanks for all of the progress updates, Per! Keep up the good work.

VanFab
VanFab New Reader
2/28/09 6:53 p.m.

P.S. What's that crazy oil filter you're using?

neon4891
neon4891 UltimaDork
3/2/09 9:06 p.m.

Drilled and slotted and all that fancyness? How will those hold up?

iceracer
iceracer PowerDork
3/4/09 9:40 a.m.

A lot of expense for no benefit. OEM type rotors work best.

can
can
3/15/09 9:49 p.m.

I had a bad experience using Carbotech bobcat pads with Racing Brake rotors. Racing brake doesn't recommend using Carbotech pads and Carbotech doesn't recommend using Racing Brake rotors. I experienced poor stopping and overheating. Switched to Hawk pads. The Carbotechs worked great with the OE rotors.

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