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    Powerstop Z26 pads; Epic success.

    So I bought a set of Z26 pads. Z26-1405 for the fronts, and Z26-1053 for the rears. Front right was first.....old pads came out no problem, new pads slipped in....but then I couldn't get the lower pin back in. The hole in the pad did not line up with the hole in the caliper. The pad needed to go in about another millimeter, but it was a hard stop. I had to put the pin in at an angle to get it into the hole for the inner caliper but then it would not have lined up with the other caliper. I tried and tried...inserted and reinserted the pad......no joy. Tried all 4 pads (they are all the same in the kit); same problem. Put the old pads back in with no drama, and put everything away. Didn't bother with the other wheels....

    Anybody else run into a similar problem? Very unhappy right now......

    EDIT/UPDATE: Powerstop customer service is awesome; see post #6. I need to try to update the title of this thread from "Epic fail?" to "Epic Success."
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    Loads of guys swapping these out on the Hellcat forum with no issues, I'd call PowerStop & see what they had to say.
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    I've have been hearing the same on the Charger forums, and will probably change out my super dusty Brembos on my Daytona 392 to these pads as well. I bet they just sent the wrong pads out, as I've heard nothing but great things from this company.

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    I've put Z 23's on two SRT Grand Cherokees and my current DD SRT, all because of the OEM pad dust. On every one I had to break the little wear indicator off to get the lower pin in. It was hitting the hat section of the rotor. Might be your issue.

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    I have the Z26 on both my SRTs and have not had issue with pad fitment. But the Powerstop hardware kit for the rears on both cars does not match OEM, and they are aware of it (because I at least have taken detailed photographs and sent them to them) but have not addressed it that I am aware of.

    On the Hellcat, the new pins are a smidge too short. On the Durango, the new pins are a mile too short, and the spring clip is not right - had to reinstall the OE Brembo rear hardware on both cars. Not a huge deal, but they need to supply the right hardware.
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    UPDATE: I am going to change the title of this thread to "Epic Success." I called Powerstop on monday, spoke to a human, who said that the tech support guy was out but that he would call me back. Not believing in callbacks, I also sent them an e-mail describing the issue. Within an hour I got a reply apologizing for the issue, and saying that they would look into it. The next day (yesterday) I got an e-mail saying that they have identified a fitment issue, and that they would send me a new set of pads with the wear sensors removed.

    They OVERNIGHTED them to me; they came today; 2 pads with wear sensors, and 2 pads without. Just like the factory. They fit perfectly. Just got back from the burnishing run. Very happy. Installed the rears, too....no issue. Powerstop RULES.
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    Good to hear!

    You MIGHT be able to edit the thread title to reflect success.. I'm not sure..
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    Great news! They do have pretty responsive customer service compared to other suppliers I deal with. Did they happen to say anything about the rear hardware issues?
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    Quote Originally Posted by tomk View Post

    You MIGHT be able to edit the thread title to reflect success.. I'm not sure..
    Yeah....I can't seem to change the title. Sorry, Powerstop....

    Quote Originally Posted by drag racer View Post
    Great news! They do have pretty responsive customer service compared to other suppliers I deal with. Did they happen to say anything about the rear hardware issues?
    I didn't raise the issue with the rears so they didn't say anything about it. When I did the rears, I noted that the pins and the clips in the package did not look at all like the factory pieces, but I had no intention of using the Powerstop hardware based on the comments here and the other installation comments that I found.

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