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I have come across a Swedish company who manufacturer front/rear disks for Saabs and Volvos, who sell their parts under the name of NorBit.

Can't find anything on the web for the company or product, except a brief positive reference to them on a V*lv* enthusiasts site. (Not sure why anyone would be enthusiastic about V*lV*'s though! )

Has anyone any exerience of the quality/effectiveness of NorBit disks?
 

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Thanks Guys.

I misspelt Norbit, hence couldn't find them on the web.

Should be 'NorrBit' with two 'rr's!

They are part of the well known Brembo Group, NorrBit specialising in after market brake disks, etc, so should be a reputable company. They are based in Gottenberg, Sweden.

Basic info can be found at:
http://www.brembo.it/english/bg_sede10.html#inizio

?? I wonder who actually makes the disks for original fitment to Saab 9000's??

Antony,
Scary feedback!
Neo Bros apparently sell them as standard, and claim they have had no bad feedback.
- How long ago did you purchase them?
- Did you advise Neo of your problem?
 

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It was last year, about June I think. The old disks were worn so I fitted the discs and green stuff pads from demon tweeks. I am always very careful when fitting discs, making sure the hub mating face is spotless and even DTI'd them when they were first fitted..all ok.
I didn't drive it hard but the buggers still warped. Finally fitted textar discs and pads and they were great. I rang Neo's and complained but they said no one else had and didn't want to know.
Not an expensive mistake. Now have textars on my aero, use them pretty hard and no problems.

HTH ant
 

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Thanks for the info, Ant, SteveN.

My calipers are ATE (being a 97/98 year).

Having replaced my disks/pads last Saturday I note that both the old and replacement pads were both "Saab" marked parts and both were also marked "Textar". Hence Textar make Saab original parts!! So presumably, if you buy the chaper Textar pads direct you get the same quality for less money!!

Ant,
Like yourself I very carefully fitted new Norrbit disks and Saab pads, and applied Copper Grease to all applicable parts including the Caliper guide pins. But found that both front brakes were lightly binding. I have freed the nearside and will seek to loosen up the caliper/piston on the offside tonight. The offside is only rubbing on the inside pad/disk.

Did you have a similar problem as this will obviously cause disk heating and warping??

The problem is not the new disks but the existing pistons! As the old disks were worn (hence needing replacement), and the pads low, the pistons would have been at max extension, or not far off. Hence they may have collected break dust or corrossion sufficinet to make them a little stiff when fully retracted with new disks/pads fitted!

Does anyone have any tips on how to free a sticking piston? i.e. it is not releasing properly after applying the foot brake.

I propose to remove wheel, press piston in fully and apply brake - several times! Any better tips most welcome!
 

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Whatever you do don't press the brakes with no pads in and the caliper off the car..you run the risk of ejecting the piston from the caliper which could be a messy job. Generally, all I've ever done is ensure that the slide pins are spotlessly clean and lube them with copperslip and that the sort of "runners" on the caliper are cleaned out where the lugs on the end of the pads run..they can sometimes bind on here.Give everything a good wire brushing to get them clean but mind the caliper seal dust covers.

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That's reassuring Ant, but I must admit I am a bit puzzled about the disk heating/pad sticking scenario.

The car is only 4 years old and the caliper is in good condition. I brushed the calipers clean and carefully applied a smear of copper greese along both guide pins on each caliper.

Thankfully only the right hand disk still heats up, and only medium warm. So disk isn't likely to overheat and the car does not pull to one side. Hopefully it will cure itself shortly - else i will dismantle and recheck on Saturday comming.
 
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