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I currently have drums on my 1998 Forester, I have plans to track the car and eventually WRX swap it. Firstly I understand the WRX swap isn't the most cost-efficient thing for power, I should just sell my forester for something more sporty. I'm doing the swap out of my love for the 97-02 foresters as I believe them to be the best-looking forester.
Anyways, today I and my buddy pulled off one side of the brakes as we will go back for the other next week. I was wondering if the rotor I attached images of can be resurfaced or needs to be replaced or if I need to take it to my local shop and have them decide that in person. This is only one of the rotors but the other looks identical. The brakes had what I see as good pads and brake shoes as they have lots of thickness left, but I was wondering if using pads off a junk car would be a bad idea for some obscure reason I can't think of.
Also, today, when we went to pull off the back plate (The part of the brakes everything goes onto that is attached to all the linkage), wouldn't come off the axle. Since we planned to come back next week anyways we sprayed it with copious amounts of WD-40 and are just hoping that it will come off next time. We also sprayed everything on the other brakes we are coming for including where the axle goes into the backplate to hopefully do the same thing. I was wondering if anyone had tips to get said axle out as all the videos we've seen slide out easily. Even if you don't have any advice thank you for your time (y)
 

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IMHO it's not worth resurfacing rotors and reusing old junk pads. Just get new rotors and pads. I just did the rear ones on my 2001 and waiting for new rotors and pads for the front.

It's still up to you if you're trying to pinch pennies.
Thank you for the input will for sure be getting new rotors and pads (y)
 

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Dirt track with 10% slope, maybe?
Planning on racing at Thunderhill Raceway, I would love to race on a dirt track because there is one 20 minutes away but I'm worried about the potential to break something as there are many many holes in that track and it feels rough to go over. I did do it once but it felt very sketchy. I will definitely consider it though once I get some new springs/ shocks as the stock ones are very wobbly and I don't expect them to hold up on rally stuff.
 

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Thank you everyone on this thread for your advice. I will be going for new rotors and pads for sure. Does anyone have any advice on getting the back plate off for the brakes? I'm going back tomorrow morning and I very much expect both sides to be firmly stuck on the axles.
 
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