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Forgive my soapbox moment

So I've had a bit of a love/hate relationship with my Lude lately. Was going to swap in new NGK spark plugs last weekend, but decided to have my local shop do it instead (didn't have the tools and they did it for cheap). Besides, I wanted to take it in to the shop to put new brakes on. Anyways, glad I took it in because they found a whole laundry list of issues. They took the old plugs out and found them coated in oil :(.

Turns out it was a leaking valve cover gasket and spark plug tube seals had to be replaced. Also had to get a new engine mount. While they were in there I went ahead and had them flush out all the old brake and steering fluid and perform an air fuel induction cleaning service to get all that carbon out.

Good news is my Lude runs like new now. No rough idles, easier shifting, and I definitely can tell I'm getting better MPGs.

Curious though how long everyone's OEM brakes lasted them? This is an '01 with 77k and it still has the original brakes on them! Shop told me they still have 5mm of life left on 'em
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Re: Brake Life

Honda factory pads wear like iron...unfortunately, if you push them hard, they provide about the same stopping power. I think I put 75k-80k on my original pads (it was a long time ago) even with autocrossing the car twice a month. Upgraded to better pads and started braking deeper into corners right away. :)
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^ what'd you upgrade to?
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Forgive my soapbox moment

So I've had a bit of a love/hate relationship with my Lude lately. Was going to swap in new NGK spark plugs last weekend, but decided to have my local shop do it instead (didn't have the tools and they did it for cheap). Besides, I wanted to take it in to the shop to put new brakes on. Anyways, glad I took it in because they found a whole laundry list of issues. They took the old plugs out and found them coated in oil :(.

Turns out it was a leaking valve cover gasket and spark plug tube seals had to be replaced. Also had to get a new engine mount. While they were in there I went ahead and had them flush out all the old brake and steering fluid and perform an air fuel induction cleaning service to get all that carbon out.

Good news is my Lude runs like new now. No rough idles, easier shifting, and I definitely can tell I'm getting better MPGs.

Curious though how long everyone's OEM brakes lasted them? This is an '01 with 77k and it still has the original brakes on them! Shop told me they still have 5mm of life left on 'em
How much did you pay for all that ?
also when ppl upgrade there brakes HAWKS seem to be very popular unless someone says otherwise.
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Re: Brake Life

trust me you don't want to know how much I paid... well in the >$500 neighborhood :(
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^ what'd you upgrade to?
I've settled on Axxis Metal Masters on stock rotors for the past ten years or so. They stop well, they're not too dirty, and they're kind to the rotors -- I've only changed the rotors twice in 240,000 miles. I've been using EBC Yellowstuff on the Miata for the last year, and while I like them, they're about the dirtiest pads I've ever run and a bit harder on the rotors. If I ever put the Prelude back into competition, I'd probably try them out, though.

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also when ppl upgrade there brakes HAWKS seem to be very popular....
Hawks are good pads, but even the street compounds have a reputation for rotor wear. Stock rotors are fairly cheap these days, and not difficult to swap, but it still adds $100-$150 to a brake job if you have to replace them.
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Re: Brake Life

wow 80k miles is alot to put on them, mine are probably stock too then, want them to go dowb so i can put EBC pads on soon :D.
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