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Fitting front pads - anti rattle springs

PostPost by: NYK » Tue Jun 08, 2021 9:19 am

About to order pads for my Plus 2 (full restoration, car bought in boxes so no experience of front brakes). Manual shows the shims as having anti rattle feature clearly no longer available. SJSportscars have no anti rattle springs as part of their shim kit. Paul Matty have these, shown in pic. What do people generally do, fit anti rattle springs or not bother?
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PostPost by: 69S4 » Tue Jun 08, 2021 11:25 am

Not seen those curved wire things before. Are they something specific to +2 brakes? The shims at the top I use but they look different to the ones I have on my S4
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PostPost by: NYK » Tue Jun 08, 2021 12:17 pm

69S4 wrote:Not seen those curved wire things before. Are they something specific to +2 brakes? The shims at the top I use but they look different to the ones I have on my S4

Paul Matty only show them being used on the Plus 2, although they seem to share the same calliper, seems a bit odd to me.
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PostPost by: Craven » Tue Jun 08, 2021 3:15 pm

Different size caliper Type 14 on Elan Type 16 on +2. Type 14 pad anti squeal kit found listed under Triumph Spitfire brakes. eg.
https://rimmerbros.com/Item--i-GRID005768
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PostPost by: Billmack » Tue Jun 08, 2021 4:49 pm

Hard to understand how those wire things would fit in around pistons and pad
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PostPost by: DavidLB » Tue Jun 08, 2021 5:09 pm

There are two types I seem to remember. They fit between the shim and the calipher body
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PostPost by: mbell » Tue Jun 08, 2021 6:37 pm

Billmack wrote:Hard to understand how those wire things would fit in around pistons and pad


There is a photo that shows them fitted at:
http://shop.roverp6cars.com/FRONT-LATER ... E-EXCHANGE
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PostPost by: h20hamelan » Tue Jun 08, 2021 8:22 pm

Billmack wrote:Hard to understand how those wire things would fit in around pistons and pad


The pins go though spring, and add resistance (push out) to the inside of pads.
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PostPost by: Hawksfield » Thu Jun 10, 2021 4:53 am

Never had those springs in mine don't seem to at a loss
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PostPost by: Bigbaldybloke » Sat Jun 12, 2021 11:27 pm

No springs on my early Plus 2, no rattles or squeals either. No harm in fitting them I guess, just a bit of extra weight!
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