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Old August 30th, 2005, 04:23 PM
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Caliper rebuilding, suggested or to be avoided?

Looks like I might have some issues with one of my brake calipers, I started hearing the dreaded scraping that sounds like the pads are gone. I didn't have enough time before work to check all 4 corners, but both left side wheels look like they have a decent amount of brake pad remaining. Of course, on the drive TO work I figure out the noise is from the right side.

Anyways, have any of you guys done your own brake caliper rebuilds? I believe that RN stopped selling their rebuilts recently, so that kills that option. (Though they now have new for $199.00)

Since it looks like rotors and pads too, any preferences?
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Old August 31st, 2005, 12:00 AM
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I dont know if you really need a caliper rebuild. New pads and rotors would eliminate the scrapping sound caused by worn pads. If your brakes work fine minus the noise and you are not leaking fluid at piston , then I would not rebuild the caliper. JP
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Old August 31st, 2005, 01:00 AM
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well, looking at it..... 3 of the 4 pads are worn down to almost nothing now. Of course, the one that i've been watching to check how the pads are doing... is the one that has some meat left to it. Been so damned focused on the exhaust and engine issues I kinda dropped the ball on watching the brakes. Oops.

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Old August 31st, 2005, 09:28 AM
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Hans the rebuild is pretty easy! With Rds taking up scuba I think you could get parts from Bill at TLR or Bill at Gbr. By the way lets give a thought to George. I would get stainless cups if I were you.
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Old August 31st, 2005, 07:50 PM
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I ended up ordering from DAP, simply because they are closer to me and UPS ground can get it all here in 2 days.

On a side note, anybody know what size hub nut wrench I need to get?

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I think it's either 30 or 32 mm, I'll have to measure it later
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Old September 3rd, 2005, 02:48 PM
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Hans, did you get the spacer for the calipers so you can use the wider roters
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Old September 3rd, 2005, 03:53 PM
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Hub Nuts are 2 1/16 or 52mm.
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Old September 3rd, 2005, 05:19 PM
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Pete... the 90's all came with the vented rotors as stock, but I did visually look for the spacers and vents before ordering the rotors to make sure.

I've got to order the hub tool, I didn't realize how much larger it was than my available tools....30 and 32mm I had. Nothing else I had on hand worked either, the previous idiot really overtightened the locknut.

I also need to order a new spindle seal for one side, I had gear oil coming out between the spindle and axle shaft. But at least I was able to get new pads in there for now so that I can drive it until next chance to do it all properly. I think this all needs to get photographed and put up on my website.

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Old September 3rd, 2005, 06:55 PM
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Hans, you 90 guys are lucky!
Here's one I ran across.
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LOL Luck is all relative I guess, you 110 folks may have a few drawbacks but you also have A/C, heated front windows and a few other goodies I wouldn't mind.

I think I'll probably order the tool from DAP, he's got a good price there for it and is only 2 days shipping to my door.

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