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If I was to put my 2 cents in I recently learned a fact about UK Brembo supply...

We have an auto parts store 'euro car parts' I am yet to read up on it but where there's smoke there's fire. 🤷‍♂️

I learned that Euro's have a deal with Brembo and sell them as 'mid-range' discs/rotors but they are not what you would call 'Brembo Brembos'.

I have no reason to not believe the guy who told me and it wasn't in a pub so not the local bull poo server talking over a pint.

I'm sure there are stores the same over your side of the pond but I've always bought discs based on my application or future plans.

Selling the vehicle... cheap and cheerful will do.
drive as I do... go for quality because you will only warp them.
 

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Warped brake discs are a persistent myth. What you're referring to is typically uneven deposits of brake pad on the rotor surface.

Hey if my Front brake rotors are the ones worn out and they were all replaced at the same time. Don’t you think the rear ones would typically go first? or do the front rotors usually go first? And wouldn’t the pads go first before the rotors?
 

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I did this job recently on my daughter's Touareg. It went fairly smoothly but here are a few caveats - Make sure to have a hand impact driver to get the small short screw holding the rotors to the hub off. Mine were rusty and I had to hammer the sh*t out of them to get them off. Also take pictures of the parking brake assembly before taking apart. They are kind of counter-intuitively put back together. There is a folding arm actuator that is odd so the photo helps. No special tools necessary to depress pistons. Also the springs that hold the parking brake shoes together are very stiff so a spring tool of some sort would have been good, although I did it with needle nose pliers but nearly blew a gasket doing it. Hope this helps.
 

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I wouldn’t think there was any other real choice than ATE ceramics and Std quality discs. These are the industry stand outs by a long shot
 

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I got the full rotor and pads kit for my front brakes from FCP Euro. The pads are supposedly OEM and create the most dust I've ever seen. Would not recommend. I replaced rear pads with Z23 Evolution Power Stop carbon fiber ceramic pads and they've been excellent. Very little dust and great stopping power.

For a full rotor and pads change you'll need a 21mm socket and T27 to remove the front rotors and a 14mm triple square bit to remove the rear caliper. Parts wise you'll need the rotors, pads, and new wear sensors for each wheel.
I used this video to replace rear pads.
This is a good video on front brakes and rotors.

I never removed the rear rotors so I can't speak to that complexity with the parking brake but the front is fairly straight forward. Hardest part is finding an impact wrench with a short enough nose to get in behind the rotor. I also found out after the fact that reinstalling the wheels has a special procedure to reduce/eliminate vibration.
 

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Who’s got the best how to do 2015 Touareg brake rotors and pads? I am looking to try this on my T-reg for the first time and I want to probably stay as close to OEM or better. Any recommendations on parts I should get to do this? Any particular rotor or pads y’all could recommend?What other parts or supplies will I need to do a pro job of the brakes? View attachment 254585
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Who’s got the best how to do 2015 Touareg brake rotors and pads? I am looking to try this on my T-reg for the first time and I want to probably stay as close to OEM or better. Any recommendations on parts I should get to do this? Any particular rotor or pads y’all could recommend?What other parts or supplies will I need to do a pro job of the brakes? View attachment 254585
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I got the full rotor and pads kit for my front brakes from FCP Euro. The pads are supposedly OEM and create the most dust I've ever seen. Would not recommend. I replaced rear pads with Z23 Evolution Power Stop carbon fiber ceramic pads and they've been excellent. Very little dust and great stopping power.

For a full rotor and pads change you'll need a 21mm socket and T27 to remove the front rotors and a 14mm triple square bit to remove the rear caliper. Parts wise you'll need the rotors, pads, and new wear sensors for each wheel.
I used this video to replace rear pads.
This is a good video on front brakes and rotors.

I never removed the rear rotors so I can't speak to that complexity with the parking brake but the front is fairly straight forward. Hardest part is finding an impact wrench with a short enough nose to get in behind the rotor. I also found out after the fact that reinstalling the wheels has a special procedure to reduce/eliminate vibration.
You meant to say a T50 torx bit to remove all four rotor retention bolts, a 14mm triple square as the rear caliper bolts, and a 5mm triple square to reuse and reposition the parking brake adjuster port plug to the new rear rotor.
 

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Discussion Starter · #35 ·
it’s interesting that so many people chose zimmerman. I had those kind on an older t reg before and they seemed squeaky and left much more brake dust than original. Any thoughts on why people are choosing zimmerman?
 

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Do you realize that you are not discussing specific components? You're just mentioning brands.
If I say a Ford is more durable than a Chevy but leave out the details, I could be saying that an F350 is much more stout than a Spark.

Almost all manufacturers offer multiple compounds (component types) to choose from.
 

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Do you realize that you are not discussing specific components? You're just mentioning brands.
If I say a Ford is more durable than a Chevy but leave out the details, I could be saying that an F350 is much more stout than a Spark.

Almost all manufacturers offer multiple compounds (component types) to choose from.
yeah I agree with this i didn’t want to get super specific with the general post but I addressed that somewhere in this thread. I am curious then ..... you know what i’m thinking. So which specific components would you recommend if you had this choice?
PS we have basically the same vehicle. Mines 15 and we have R Line in Canada. I heard y’all didn’t get R Line in USA. Not sure if the brakes are different on R line, but I don’t think that they are different so probably we have the exact same brake set-up.
 

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I won't give you my input. I do my own wrenching, and as such, I bought the cheapest junk I could find to test out value\performance ratio.
You sound like someone who pays others to wrench and who expects to get 75k out of them because that's how long the others lasted.... so replace the ones that you liked with the EXACT same brand\spec if you want similar results.
 

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I won't give you my input. I do my own wrenching, and as such, I bought the cheapest junk I could find to test out value\performance ratio.
You sound like someone who pays others to wrench and who expects to get 75k out of them because that's how long the others lasted.... so replace the ones that you liked with the EXACT same brand\spec if you want similar results.
Yes but i’m not as stressed about as you portray. I’m simply asking opinions. And to clarify... the same supposed OEM pads and rotors were installed on them last time as what originally came on the T Reg. So it’s not that I switched brands or anything. Don’t get me wrong i’m just seeking others opinions because i find that this site has a lot of people on it that are really knowledgeable. And by me paying others to “wrench”, does that mean do the work for me? Then no, i’d prefer to do these brakes by myself if that’s what you mean because i’ve heard several times that they are relatively quite easy to do. I’m not an expert but I could definitely follow instructions for this if I just buy the correct parts. I’m trying to decide which parts to use this time.
 

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I'm not portraying anything......I'm making observations.
You said some shop did the work. If you didn't verify\confirm what parts they used, you can't know that they used OEM parts. They just "said" they did. If they did use the same parts, how and why would they have worn out faster and with lighter use?

If you want to know what I used, here.... the cheapest possible parts that I could find!
Like I said, I did the work myself, so I know what I put in there and how they looked\felt, etc.
I'm also pretty much the only person who drives this vehicle, so I have full visibility on how they perform, last, etc.

As per above statement, I am doing this because I can, and because I want to gauge first hand the difference between $300 parts and $1200+ parts (for my use pattern)

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