BAD Series Brakes and proper maintenance
Over 18,000 BAD Series brake rotors are in the world as of this email. That is a whole lot of them. We have been offering a Lifetime Warranty on these rotors if you install the supplied master cylinder and bed the rotors in properly. Both are amazing in their own right, but, together, we still need to maintain them.
The PRO's at Airkewld have a stringent policy of proper torque settings, fitment and feel. That is why our clients have confidence in us. Even though we have a protocol, together, we still need to inspect and check the bolt torque periodically.
In the last 15 years of business, we have heard some amazing things. We have also heard some unfortunate things from time to time. But it is what we do with that knowledge, that allows us to learn, grow and build the best products, assemble the tutorials and gain even more confidence in your purchase or future purchases.
Although it is uncommon, we encourage the entire BAD Series Equipped #AirkewldArmy to check your bolts this weekend to ensure many more moons of trouble free enjoyment. If you have any loose bolts, please email us or simply hit reply and let us know. We are here to help.
- Front caliper bracket hardware - The 10mm FHACS (Flat Head Allen Cap Screw) should be installed with blue loctite and torqued to 35 ft lbs. This takes a 6mm allen socket. We have heard from a couple people that these have come loose as they did not use loctite and/or forgot to torque them down.
- Front rotors to Hubs - The 3/8" FHACS are installed by Airkewld and are torqued to 33 ft lbs with out loctite. This takes a 7/32 allen socket. If you replace/remove your rotors for any reason, please use blue loctite when installing and torque to 33 ft lbs.
- Front/Rear bolt pattern to Hubs - The 1/2" FHACS are installed by Airkewld and are torqued to 75 ft lbs with out loctite. This takes a 5/16 allen socket. If you swap bolt patterns or loosen them for any reason, please use blue loctite when installing/tightening them and torque them to 75ft lbs.
- Spindle Nuts - All front rotors should be tightened until the rotor does not turn with force. If you think it is time, try your best to turn it. If it spins, keep tightening it. When it stops, back it off 1/4 turn and lock it down.
- Caliper Bolts - The 10mm SHACS (Socket Head Allen Cap Screw) should be installed with red loctite and torqued to 35 ft lbs. This takes a 8mm allen socket.
- Brake lines in to calipers - The steel fittings should be sealed with thread tape, pipe dope or something similar and tighten snugly.
- Rear rotors to Hubs - The 5/16 FHACS are installed by Airkewld and are torqued to 18 ft lbs with out loctite. This takes a 3/16 allen socket. If you replace/remove your rotors for any reason, please use blue loctite when installing and torque to 18 ft lbs.
- Rear caliper bracket - The 10mm CS (Cap Screws) should have wave washers beneath the heads. If it does not, apply blue loctite and tighten to 35 ft lbs. Normally this is done with a 14mm socket.
- Complete rear rotor assembly to rear axle - The factory torque specs for tightening the axle nut is perfect for a stock engine equipped VW, but not for a peppy or built VW. If you follow this protocol, you will never have to replace your rear hub. Apply some thread lubricant on to the threads. Using a 1/2 air impact (with safety glasses on) and a 36mm impact socket with at least 150psi on the compressor and the gun set to high, pull the trigger and let 'er rip tater chip. Tighten it until the axle nut no longer spins. Check to see if the cotter pin hole lines up with the castle nut. If it does, perfect. If it does not, keep on hitting until it lines up. Never, never back off the nut to install a cotter pin. We have had clients whom have spun hubs with torque tools at factory settings or that did not have a impact or air compressor. If you don't have these, please take the car safely to someone who does to ensure proper life expectancy.
- Rear calipers to the caliper bracket - The 10mm CS should be installed with red loctite and torqued down to 35 ft lbs. This take a 17mm socket.