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Brakes now work..... 
Tuesday, January 31, 2006, 09:48 PM - Maintenance
Okay, worked on the brakes and bearings last weekend.

Bought all parts from: Online-Auto-Parts.com AKA Auto Parts Place Seemed like the best/cheapest place with free shipping (I knew that'd be substantial on discs pads etc!) Surprisingly they delivered all the parts within a few days from a variety of different locations, and thay all showed up within a week and were correct!!! Can't do better than that.... Judging by the site and shipping they're a partner of the Worldpac/Carquest Group. Excellent service.

Discoveries - Need 7mm short Hex Socket to get the caliper slider pins out. Difficult to use other tools as limited accessibility due to brake pipes/speed sensor wires etc.

Changed both front brake discs as showing uneven pad transfer, accounts for tremors under heavy braking. Brembo discs Their part number was JLM 20341 for the front discs.

Installed new Akebono Brake Pro Ceramic pads front and rear: ACT394A and ACT688. Perfect fit, very good quality pads with special shims and moly lubricant, but expensive....

Installed new wheel bearing set on R/H front as looked somewhat worn and felt like some particles in the grease. Part SKF BR8 outer/ BR17 Inner bearings in a kit K8020-37040 complete with inner seal.

Changed front brake hoses for MNA 5680AA just as a precaution (10 years old) and to make sure pedal is firm. Bled brakes through all the way with Synpower Fluid. Think it's the best on the market.

When changing hoses, I noticed BOTH the braided wheel hub grounding wires were broken, so I reconnected one and replaced the other with some high-flexibility Iron flex ("_"). Hope that'll work for now. Probably non-essential, but this works the opposite way too... if Jaguar felt it wasn't necessary, they wouldn't have put it on there in the first place.... have to get some braid to fix this permanently later...

What a difference. Much smoother low speed braking and driving, with no shimmying. Pads bedded in nicely after frying them a bit on the recommended high-speed fast stops with lots of heat, then gentle cooldown, and they seem to be reasonable when cold now.

Still need to change the propshaft Center Bearing as I'm sure that's where the acceleration clunking and vibration at 50mph is coming from, but that's going to be a pain in the ass as it's right above the exhaust joint to the rear mufflers (which of course is permanently welded by rust).
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Sidebar to the project 
Saturday, January 14, 2006, 03:36 AM - General Info


Just saw these today in my travels.

I can see how this could be true... then again, which would you rather have????
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To Kick Off the project.... 
Wednesday, June 28, 5544, 02:53 AM
Found my ideal car on the Jag-Lovers site....



1995 Jaguar XJR. 92,000 miles, excellent condition
1/2 price of one I had seen go on eBay a few days before.
No, it can't be true....

Negotiated via email for 3 days.....

He sent me pictures (see link in Photos on right)....

Ran around raising cash to take with me....

Flew up to Michigan to see the XJR.... fully expecting to have to fly back disappointed as it was probably a great-looking total dog.

He showed me the car...
I fell in love....
....and the rest is history....

Hmm, on reflection I shoulda taken my mechanic...{"-_-"}
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