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Bedding in your brakes properly:

Bedding in your new brake pads properly can mean the difference between night and day in achieving overall performance, longevity and results from your chosen brake compound.

Without a doubt there's a right way and a wrong way to go about ensuring your new brake pads are ready for optimal use. If you're thinking that it's possible to simply 'whack them in and hit the road, or the track' think again. Doing this, or not putting in the effort to bed your pads in correctly can spell trouble for your rotors as well as the cost to your wallet, not to mention your safety.

Would you take your brand new, fresh fitted engine straight to the road or racetrack? No. There is a specific run-in procedure to achieve the best from your engine, and brakes are no different here.
For all ENDLESS brake pad compounds, here's what we specify at Prosport Auto:

PRE-BEDDING PROCEDURES:

Make sure your new pads are mounted on clean disks free of contaminants, dirt and friction material if switching to ENDLESS brake pads from a different manufacturer.

This can be done by resurfacing the rotor surface and will ensure the best performance from your new ENDLESS brake pads.

Make sure the brake pads are installed correctly. They should be "loose" in the caliper to allow for thermal expansion. If you're using ENDLESS brake pads on the racetrack, we always recommend using rotor temperature paint on the brake rotor's vanes and cheeks to monitor disk temperatures. This will also assist in making sure the brake system is working at optimum conditions.

NOTE: This is especially important if you are using ENDLESS brake pads with Porsche PCCB, Brembo/SGL CCM, or Nissan NCCB brake disks on the racetrack. Why? This is because brake disk wear on CCM disks can greatly increase if the disks are used beyond the acceptable temperature range.

Do not use CCM disks for extended periods of time over 600 degrees Celsius. If your pink temperature paint has turned white on the rotor cheeks, then extra care should be taken.

BEDDING PROCEDURE: 

Brake pad bedding will help optimize the overall braking performance of ENDLESS brake pads by laying down a transfer layer of pad friction material on the brake rotor.
This utilises the adhesive friction properties of brake pads and disks to offer best braking performance.  Bedding also burns off the initial bonding resins and helps seat the pad on the disk. 

Proper bedding involves slowly heat cycling the pads and disks so that initial pad glazing, and other potential issues are avoided as much as possible. This will help the ENDLESS brake pads and disks last as long as possible. 

Allow plenty of safety space when performing bedding.  Do this in a safe and controlled environment. 

Using around 70% of pedal pressure, stop the car from 130kph to 40kph over a total of 7-10 braking executions.  Your brakes should start feeling better (more usable) with each stop. 

DO NOT bring the car to a complete stop, and DO NOT hold your right foot on the brake pedal while you have hot brake disks.  DO NOT use left foot braking for your bedding procedures. If you do, this will often cause glazing from overheating the surface of your new brake pads. 

During the process of bedding, bring the brake rotor temperatures to 400ºC - 500ºC.  If your disks have temperature paint on them, the green paint should have turned fully white.   
Once you have successfully completed your brake bedding executions let your brakes cool down to ambient temperatures (less than 100ºC) before you start any ongoing, or hard use.

This will allow your brakes to settle into their optimal state, and soon you'll be ready to pound on them as much as your heart desires.

If bedding in your ENDLESS brake compound on a racetrack, 2-3 hot laps of the circuit at race speed (with above braking executions) should be enough to complete bedding of pads and disks. It's recommended to cover your brake ducts. Split up any long straights with a braking execution to keep the cars maximum speed down while you are performing the bed-in procedure.

After you're complete with bedding your ENDLESS brake pads, take a close look at the brake disks. There should be an even, smooth pad transfer layer on the disk. If this has not been achieved, it means the rotors haven't been brought up to the correct temperature and you'll need to repeat the bed-in procedure again.

With all of the above complete, you'll be set and ready to enjoy all of the performance that ENDLESS brake pads provide - fantastic pedal feel, high initial bite and superior longevity.

If you have any questions or need help selecting the perfect ENDLESS brake compound for your particular use please contact Prosport Auto on 09 238 3560 or email mike@prosportauto.co.nz