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Old 03-15-2017, 12:41 AM   #81
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I have suspicions that my left front brake caliper is dragging.

In one instance, I measured my rotor temperatures after driving for 5 miles without using the brakes. Left front rotor was at 140 degrees Fahrenheit, right front rotor was at 70 degrees Fahrenheit.

And hearing a dreadful noise, I finally decided to check it out.


The left front brake pads are done.

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The right front brake pads still have life left in them.

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*sigh*, I gotta wait at least a month for my Endless MX72PLUS brake pads to arrive in the USA...
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Old 03-18-2017, 01:28 PM   #82
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*sigh*, dragging caliper possibly confirmed...

https://youtu.be/QsxkaBV-XdU
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Old 04-06-2017, 07:37 PM   #83
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On Tuesday, I took on a part of Hollister Hills SVRA on the Adventure Track that I had doubts my Subaru would do. I managed, video footage pending as it is being edited, but consider this video a small preview. I drove it mostly dry, but of course I took a line that may be considered "cheating", but nonetheless, the Subaru XV Crosstrek made it through. Despite the abysmal 18 degrees of approach angle, these Subaru crossovers are still surprisingly off-road capable compared to most other crossovers.

Again, this is not my video but a video to preview what video footage may come this month or so. This is the same area I drove on, but I drove it in dry conditions.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u1vZbpojnoU

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Old 04-25-2017, 06:12 PM   #84
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Well... I'm done using polyurethane bushings.

I think I'll stick with Subaru OEM rubber bushings for daily driven use. My local Subaru mechanic warned me about polyurethane bushings, and it turns out he was right. Though there is an initial improvement in handling, NVH suffers as the bushing wears and then one ends up with a damaged bushing later on.

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