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I need to replace my brakepads on my 1983 S3 NA. Does anyone know if there is a partnumber for greenstuff pads which will fit my Esprit please?

 

I am in Canada so I want to try and source locally if I can, rather than ordering and shipping from the UK

 

thanks

simon

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Don't fit greenstuff, they're dire. :)

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Its just to ensure it gets through the import safety inspection, so I can register it here in Canada. I have a limited time to register it here.

 

Once that's done I can take my sweet time over sorting something better out. :)

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Great, thanks alot bibs, I'll ping the local stockist and see if they can get them :)

 

Yeah I've moved to toronto, and decided to bring my Esprit with me. Now the -40oC winter has gone, I am hoping to get out in the Ontario countryside for some nice weekend trips.

 

Just out of interest, what alternative pads would you suggest?

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Bibs.....I've always found Greenstuff pads to be very good. In what way have you found them "dire"??

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Well that's perfect then!  mine's a hatchback!

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Day to day they are ok, I have driven Geoffs V8 which has them and the initial bite is quite good.

I would not trust them on track though, I'd go for Ferodo DS UNO/Performance Friction/Pagid type stuff. Horses for courses...

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looks like I'm gonna need to source new discs/rotors as well :(

 

Does anyone know what kind of discs I can fit to my car without me having to ship (heavy) rotors from the UK?

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Im obviously not a great driver as the brakes on my TE seem really pretty good. Well as good as anything I have ever owned myself. I know Bibs hates the Greenstuff but thats what I have. Maybe when they wear out and I change them I will have a revelation but for me so far they feel good. Im not a big breaker though I like to go round bends without braking.

 

Budddsy

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Then you weren't going fast enough on the straights :lol:

 

Simon, the EBC discs are ok, can you get them in Canada?

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I can get EBC rotors for the Esprit - but only 1975-1980 and 1985-1990 models  - not the 1980-1985 range which my car falls into  - and even then only the fronts I think

 

I wonder if the 1985 EBC fronts will fit on my '83

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Buddsy - if you ever take it on a track, you may change your mind.

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ok so just to update on this

 

The garage I took the car to (official lotus dealer) for the canadian equivalent of an MOT, said I required:

 

New front tie rods - both sides

New rear brake discs

New Front brake calipers

New windscreen washer pump

New reverse light

at least 9 hours of labour and thats not including anything they find when actually doing the work

 

I immediately went and collected the car back off them and took it to a lotus specialist about 60 miles away.

 

The car passed the test that afternoon requiring:

1 new wiper blade

1 short blast of air into the windscreen washer hose

1 new reverse light

an advisory that the rear discs are getting close to manufacturers limits within a couple of thousand km

 

Wont be going back to the official dealer anytime soon

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Nicely done! Doubt the official dealer has seen an s3 for the past decade or two by the sound of it!

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I questioned them about the 'safety issues' and they were sheepish about the specifics which I failed on

 

clearly didnt occur to them that rather than try to fleece me on my 1st visit, they might get a fortune from all my future servicing (and the fact I am pondering buying an elise)  as it stands I doubt I will ever step foot in there ever again.

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Braking on tracks is entirely different from braking on the road. In the real world of road driving, I've found Greenstuff pads to be excellent...good  "grab" and no fade, they just work. Possibly if you were applying them to the maximum every few seconds they might not stack up so well....but I'm with Buddsy on this one, I use the brakes rarely....so when I DO need them, they are going to be cold and I want to know that they will stop me effectively. Not be like an E type used to be; cold brakes and not much happened!!

 

My supercharged MG TC of fond memory had hard racing linings....140lb pedal pressure and she would stop nicely, drums were sprayed with the same matt black paint that Greeves motor cycles used on their cylinder fins, black body radiation to get rid of the heat. My father drove it to work one day and couldn't believe how hard he had to push the pedal!! It's all horses for courses....

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Is that your memories of green tuff pads on the old, solid discs, or on your shiny new wilwood 4 pot ones?

I, too, prefer to stay relatively legal speed wise and just not slow down for the bends, and I'll soon (hopefully) be out OTR in the Lotus again. Just rebuilding my calipers now, but will probably be up for a new set of pads when the time comes, so interested to know.

Dave

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It's my memories of when I first fitted the Greenstuff pads to the old calipers and discs. The discs were new and I had overhauled the calipers, but if I were doing it again I would go straight for the uprated Wilwood kit I have now. I was never happy with the original brakes, although changing the pads did help.

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