10. Replace the studs into the caliper bracket, and position the caliper over the brake pads. There should be no issue putting the caliper on as the pistons have already been pressed in and as long as the brake pads are correctly oriented.
11. Bolt the caliper to the caliper bracket using the 12mm socket and the torque wrench. Torque the bolts to 25 lb-ft.
12. Re-mount the wheels and tighten them as much as possible with the wheels off the ground. Lower the vehicle to where the tires just barely contact the ground, and then put the final torque on the lugs (90 lb-ft).
13. Different brake pad manufactures call for different “break in” periods for their pads. These Akebono ProAct brake pads actually require no real break in period according to the manufacturer’s website. To confirm this, (as I had my doubts about a brake pad that has no required break in period) I called Akebono customer service and they assured me that after the pads are installed, they are ready to go. Despite the Akebono representatives’ reassurance, and since I also replaced my rotors, I decided to follow the brake bedding procedure according to the brake rotor manufacturer (Baer). This included 5 moderate to aggressive stops from 40-5 mph without letting the brakes cool, followed by 5 moderate stops from 25 to 5 mph letting the brakes cool after each application.
14. Note that after driving the car for a day or so, the brake fluid level will most likely have dropped slightly. If so, add brake fluid to the reservoir until the fluid level is even or slightly below the max fill line located on the side of the reservoir.