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Old 09-30-2009, 03:14 PM   #1
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Those are some warm rotors



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Old 09-30-2009, 06:51 PM   #2
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I've seen some pictures from the Rim of the World rally, had some brake rotors glowing just about like that...
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Old 09-30-2009, 07:39 PM   #3
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I had a Ranger friend tell me he watched a woman riding her brakes down a long, steep downhill in Hawaii Volcanoes NP. She pulled into a parking lot, and he went over to advise her to gear her car down and not ride her brakes so much.

Her reply was a haughty, "But this is an SUV!," like it was the key to invincibility.

About that time, my Ranger friend told me, her red-hot rotor melted a brake line, pouring flammable brake fluid onto said red-hot rotor, and the SUV caught fire and burned up.
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As a counterpoint to that, the other day I got out of my car at work, and reached in and touched my brake rotor. It was very much touchable, about as warm as the tires were. Driving without brakes!
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As a counterpoint to that, the other day I got out of my car at work, and reached in and touched my brake rotor. It was very much touchable, about as warm as the tires were. Driving without brakes!


My brakes get like that when I'm bedding the pads in but I never thought to photograph them. Season the rotors in the oven and then bed those pads immediately after install. You know you've done it right if the rotors are gold when you're done. I've only done that with carbon metallic pads tho, I didn't on these ceramics I'm running and they're dusting more than I'd like.

That lady is an idiot. An SUV is MORE reason to use engine braking! I hardly use the brakes at all on mountain roads.
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Her reply was a haughty, "But this is an SUV!," like it was the key to invincibility.
Saw something similar years ago when ABS brakes were coming on the car scene.
A driver charges off the freeway just ahead of me down an off ramp at about 90 Kph (55 mph) (advised speed was about 60 (35 mph) due to a set of traffic lights at the bottom where the offramp crossed a main road) and jumps on the brakes with the inevitable result...a three car nose to tail shunt.

The "logic" was..."but... but I have ABS on my car" Jackass.

I thought at that point we really should be IQ testing car licences as some of these people are just too dumb to drive a car !

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Yeah, I'm coming round to the idea that the ideal "safety car" would be a cross between a Corvair and a Pinto, with 145 wide hard compound crossply tires, 5 inch drum brakes all round, no driver seatbelt, a knife in the middle of the steering wheel and a row of 3 inch spikes all over the dash.
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I had a Ranger friend tell me he watched a woman riding her brakes down a long, steep downhill in Hawaii Volcanoes NP. She pulled into a parking lot, and he went over to advise her to gear her car down and not ride her brakes so much.

Her reply was a haughty, "But this is an SUV!," like it was the key to invincibility.

About that time, my Ranger friend told me, her red-hot rotor melted a brake line, pouring flammable brake fluid onto said red-hot rotor, and the SUV caught fire and burned up.
Got to love Karma eh?

It's a shame that the automakers have to waste so much time making the car smarter and safer since the general public can't take responsibility for being a safe driver.

Just think of what cars could be like if drivers were smart, the automakers could be making 50mpg easily.
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Brings back memories of working for Porsche 85-87, at the old Riverside track, now condos, at the famous turn 9, a banked slow sweeper, we would stand in the center of the 180 degree corner at night watching cars come in off a 145 mph straight and it would be like search lights circling around you coming off the hot rotors, wish I would have had a film or video camera back then.
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Yeah, I'm coming round to the idea that the ideal "safety car" would be a cross between a Corvair and a Pinto, with 145 wide hard compound crossply tires, 5 inch drum brakes all round, no driver seatbelt, a knife in the middle of the steering wheel and a row of 3 inch spikes all over the dash.
Somebody should photoshop that car into existence.
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