Saturday, June 20, 2015

Expectation is the mother of all frustration

 I scored some garage time this morning and expected to get the front brakes on the car finally.

I gathered the required parts (now nicely organized in my cabinets) and with tools at hand, I proceeded to install the steering arms, ball joints and caliper brackets.  Looks good, doesn't it?
 I mounted the passenger's side spindle because I can easily access it without moving the car.  The spindle went on without hassle and things were progressing nicely.  I pulled one of the Wilwood calipers out of its box and held it up near where it would be mounted.

This is when I started to wonder about this Airkewld kit.  There's about 3mm of space between the caliper and the rotor.  Not ideal but not the end of the world, right?

I just can't quite wrap my head around 'tight tolerance' on one side and 'a stack of hardware store washers' on the other side.
 Then we have a look at the back side...See the gap between the caliper and the bracket?  It's easily a 1/4" - 3/8" wide and intended to be filled with washers provided by Airkewld - which I didn't realize when I bought the kit because there are no instructions included in the box.  The instructions are online only, vague and reference blurry photos they posted on Facebook.  The instructions have reference numbers to photos that don't exist.

The bolts that are provided are to be mounted in such a way that washers are used to keep the bolt from being driven in too far (and striking the brake rotor).

I'm still thinking that this 'might' be okay.  We're talking about a braking system here and the fewer number of Mickey Mouse adjustments the better, in my opinion.

I'm irritated at this point...A $900 brake kit that's mounted with a handful of washers.  What the fuck?  If this was a $50 lesson, no shits would be given, but that's not the situation.
Ah, the coup de grace!

The hardware they provided doesn't fucking fit the brake caliper.  Yes, I can drill the holes out but that's not the point.  Why didn't they design the fucking thing to go together properly?

If you're going to sell a product for a premium price, make sure your shit works and all of the pieces fit together properly.

I'm really starting to wonder if I should simply exit this hobby.  Sell all of this shit off and go back to mountain biking.  I'm getting really tired of spending so much time accomplishing so little while enjoying nearly nothing in the process.

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