A time to choose: to UFO or not to UFO

Edward J Kellock ekellock at juno.com
Wed Aug 14 19:43:40 EDT 2002

(cross-posted to the V8 list)

Obviously there are upgrade options.  These should be considered for
the long range depending on what you plan to do in the future and what
you can afford right now.

G60's are a downgrade in braking performance, however they do set the
stage for easier modifications later.  Right now though, they would
more work and parts than just rotors and pads as Taka indicated.

The least cost option right now is to retain the UFO's.
$600 for rotors and pads and 2-hours labor (conservatively speaking)
will get you back on the road and stopping confidently as Audi intended.

Not sure what your current rotors look like or if Big-O's opinion is
considering.  If your pads went metal on metal on the rotors, then
probably right.  What kind of noises are being made?

Where are you located?  If you're local, I'd be more than happy to help
replace UFO's and pads.

Colorado Springs

On Wed, 14 Aug 2002 17:38:20 -0400 Brett Dikeman <brett at cloud9.net>
> At 4:54 PM -0400 8/14/02, Zoot531 at aol.com wrote:
> > After calling Sac. Audi, they quoted me around $1,000 for new
> > UFOs, pads, fluid, a 2 year gaurantee, and all labor.   I'm thinking
> > this may be the best option.  My questions are...is this a reasonable
> > price?
> Absolutely not.  The rotors are well under $250 each, and it should
> take about half an hour for a professional mechanic to change them
> both.
> You remove the wheel, undo the metal retaining clip, unscrew the
> torx-head setscrew, and pull the rotor off.  Remove inside pad, press
> the piston into the caliper, install the new inside pad, put the new
> rotor on, slide new outside pad in, reinstall the clip and the set
>    Add in another half an hour for a full brake bleed.
> Pads are $100 for a set at most.  There's no way in hell it costs
> $400 in labor to do the job.
> Our cars don't belong at the dealer- you'd be lucky if they even
> had the repair manual.
> FYI, it takes about 4-5 OR MORE sets of rotors before BIRA becomes
> cost effective- no other options are cost effective for the life of
> the car except putting G60's back on.
> Brett

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