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I decided to pull off my PCCB brakes at 60K miles. Love them. BUT, I had a full set of steel rotors, pads, and calipers I decided to swap those on for a while, and box the PCCBs up for storage.

Glad I did... The rotors are fine. The calipers are fine. Even the pads have plenty of life left. Problem is, the brake pad dampers are all corroded are crumbling. They have fallen apart and have left the little metal crowns that hold them in place stuck into the caliper pistons. The dampers have ruined the backing plates, I dare not reuse the pads given the uneven contact surface. Lastly, the brake line nipples and bleed screws are all showing signs of corrosion. Good time to clean this all up and get it in tip top shape again.

SO... my question is: I am going to replace, with new, the PCCB pads when I reinstall the yellows. Do I need the brake pad dampers again, or can I just install the pads without the dampers?

http://www.suncoastparts.com/product/4X99635208600AND4X99635208602.html?Category_Code=997CarreraSbra

These dampers are a weak link in the longevity what is otherwise a dynamite braking system.

If you can get PCCB don't hesitate.... you'll love them. (I never track this car so I only speak from the perspective of using PCCB on a street car / daily driver.)

(My quick review of PCCB: Pros: GREAT performance. Clean.... don't underestimate the joy of no brake dust. Longevity, on a street car don't expect to replace pads or rotors anytime soon.... these brakes just plan last! I do not find them noisy. Yes they make more noise than a steel rotor with factory pads. But if you use aftermarket pads on steels, you will often get more noise than the PCCBs will ever produce. Cons: Cost... really is staggering to think of paying $4000 for one rotor. Diminished initial bite when wet. In heavy rush hour rain I found myself actually lightly applying the brakes to sweep the water off the rotors. Wash the car... be careful moving it around, your stopping distance is not what you think. Overall, they are great! I Would buy again (I only buy used cars, so the sting of the option cost is not so bad).

Thanks!

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On the change from PCCB Yellow calipers to Red calipers the brake lines that connect to the calipers are slightly different from yellows to reds. If you do this swap , order the 4 new brake lines in advance.

Found out from the dealer parts guy that the dampers are "Porsche recommended", but not necessary functionally.

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