Assembly procedure for Alcon bobbin drive discs

Two types of bobbin are available:

  • Bobbin drive system with bolt (X401, series)
  • Bobbin drive system with integral stud (X405 series)


Assembly procedure

  1. Place the bobbins in the slots in bell, with the ‘ears’ of the bobbin at right angles to the outside diameter of the bell, unless otherwise specified.
  2. Push the bolt through the bobbin so that it engages in the disc.
  3. Apply a small amount of thread retainer, enough to cover 2-4 threads, to the portion of bolt protruding from the disc. Fit a nut onto each bolt and finger tighten.
  4. Tighten the nuts in a star sequence, rather than a rotational sequence, to the specified torque using the appropriate tools.  Prevent the bolt from rotating when applying the specified tightening torque to the nut.  Do not hold the nut and tighten the bolt as it will cause the bobbin to rotate and the bell will lock up.
Where bobbins with integral studs are supplied (405 series bobbin) Alcon tool TSB3430X577 is available and is used to prevent the bobbin from rotating during tightening.   This tool can also be used to ‘square’ both 401 & 405 series bobbins after tightening to ensure the bell is not locked up. Once assembled, the bell should be a ‘rattle’ fit on the disc and bobbins.
Once assembly is complete, use feeler gauges to check that the float between the bobbin and bell is correct and uniform on all bobbins.
General notes
  1. Ensure that all parts are clean and grease free
  2. Approved thread retainer: - Loctite 243 (Blue)
  3. Tightening torque: 0.25” UNF 16-18Nm (11.8 – 13.3 lb ft)

Installing Alcon Extreme Advantage Brakes


Alcon Advantage Extreme brake kit installation instructions

Important: read these instructions carefully before fitment.

Alcon Advantage Extreme brake kits are designed to replace the original brake calipers and discs. However, vehicle production tolerances may exceed those that the kit will accommodate, and the points below must be carefully observed during installation to ensure that the correct clearances are maintained. This brake kit must be fitted by a suitably qualified mechanic.

  1. Remove the original caliper and disc
    Read more: Installing Alcon Extreme Advantage Brakes

How to bed in your brake pads


Disc and pad bedding and running in

1. We require proper bedding before use.  The purpose of bedding the disc is to deposit an even transfer layer of friction material on to the surface of the disc. The secondary reason for pre-bedding the disc is to thermally condition the disc. The objective of pre-bedding the pad is to take the pad through a heat cycle during which the resins contained within the pad are cured, additionally, any high spots on the surface of the pad are removed. After the discs have been bedded and allowed to cool, the disc and pads can be bolted on to the car and should be ready for competition use providing that the discs and pads are “run-in” correctly.


2. Care needs to be taken during “running-in” to obtain the best performance and life from pre-bedded discs and pads. The running-in of discs and pads on the car immediately prior to use ensures that the face of the disc and pad are mated, removing any high spots. Lightweight discs like ours are particularly sensitive to potential problems during use, failure to correctly run-in the discs and pads can result in problems including:


  • Long pedal
  • Poor feel and modulation
  • Vibration
  • Premature wear
  • Disc cracking


All discs can suffer from premature cracking, this is normally caused by thermal shock, occurring when the disc is either cooled or heated too quickly. Additionally, an excessive rate of disc temperature increase can result in failure of the heat to be absorbed into both braking faces and the vanes evenly. Any significant temperature variation between the opposing flanges, including the mounting flange, can cause and promote disc coning and stresses within the disc cheeks, normally leading the problems listed above. Heavier-weight discs are more stable and less prone to these problems, due to the increased structural rigidity gained from 48 vane design and generally increased flange thickness. It is still advisable to run-in the discs carefully as per instructions to follow.


To prevent these problems, an appropriate and proven “running-in” procedure needs to be followed. We require that the following procedures are employed:


Standard Discs


  • Make 5 – 10 light stops from slow speed and light pedal pressure to complete system check.
  • Undertake 15 decelerations from 80 to 40 kph, light to moderate pedal pressure. (2.5 - 3.0 seconds, line pressure 20 bar)
  • Undertake 15 decelerations from 120 to 60kph, light to moderate pedal pressure. (4.0 seconds, line pressure 20 bar)


Lightweight competition Discs


  • Blank cooling duct completely (if possible)
  • Make 5 – 10 light stops from slow speed and light pedal pressure to complete system check.
  • Undertake 15 decelerations from 60 to 40 kph, light pedal pressure. (2.0 seconds, line pressure 25-30 bar)
  • Undertake 15 decelerations from 80 to 40 kph, light to medium pedal pressure, (2.5-3.0 seconds, line pressure 20 bar), surface temperature should be around 350 C.
  • Remove ducting blank (again, if possible)


 If you experience shudder - the discs need to be cleaned up using garnet sandpaper only to remove the transfer layer and bedded again.

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