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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 07-03-2019, 06:51 AM Thread Starter
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How to fix - Hawk HP Plus Pads that are too Thick

Since I spend over 2 hours trying to figure out why my front pads were too thick, or why I was unable to depress the caliper piston 'far enough', I figured I would leave this here for others:

I ordered the following pads for the Elise:
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Finally after struggling to figure out why they did not fit, I noticed the black tab on the rear of the pad was sticking out further than the OEM pads. A little metal file work and they fit perfectly (pictures borrowed from another thread)! Hopefully this saves others hours of frustration and headache.
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post #2 of 9 (permalink) Old 07-03-2019, 12:09 PM
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Good idea to post this... this is a common problem on more than one brand of pad.
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Thanks, I just hope is helps others.....I spent hours banging my head against the wall wondering why the caliper piston was no depressed far enough. Having worked on cars for years, I am a bit embarrassed it took me so long to figure this out.
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Dremel grinding disk makes short work of that little tab.........
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This will help me out soon


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I wouldnt remove that! Pads are going to fall out now!
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Nah.. The pins will hold them in place.
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Think you put the pads in place on thee calliper
Then calliper gets mounted
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With Hawk front pads, you have to grind the "nubs" flush with pad backing plate....been doing it for the last 10+ years.
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