Here’s a fascinating one and a question I hadn’t given any thought to whatsoever.
In the previous post on this blog I showed a picture of my new wheels:
In comments, Edusaab has noted that perhaps my brake rotors are on backwards! This is entirely possible as I didn’t realise they could go one way or the other. I figured they’d be made foolproof so they could only be put on one way. Notice in the photo above that at the top of the rotor, the vent groove is leaning ‘forwards’ toward the front of the car.
Edu’s also included a few URL’s to some Saab-authorised Viggen photos, though having looked at them I’m no clearer on the issue than I was before….
This shot shows the vents in the rotors facing the same way as mine (photo enlarged and extra contrast dialled in to enhance the vents):
…..but then this photo, also from Saab stock, shows the vents (looking at the top of the rotor) pointing back towards the rear of the car:
Now, to confound things even more, I had another look at the photos of my own car and as Edusaab’s pointed out, my rotors are pointing two different ways. The rear rotors are pointing rearward and the front rotors are pointing forward!!
I’m so confused.
Edusaab suggests that one direction is more aggressive than the other. Is the setup on my car an example of typical Swedish aggression, with a lot up front but more mild mannered “behind closed doors”? Or is it an example of my mechanic making a slightly embarrassing error?
Any thoughts welcome.