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Posted: Thu Feb 16, 2006 12:43 am 
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Hey gusy

Just wondering how hard it is to rebuild calipers (all 4). I just purchased a caliper kit for front and back and ned to install them.

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Posted: Thu Feb 16, 2006 12:53 am 
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What exactly do u get in a calliper rebuild kit ?

 

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Posted: Thu Feb 16, 2006 12:54 am 
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looks like rubber seals and some bolts in the rear kit and just seals in the front kit.
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Posted: Thu Feb 16, 2006 10:34 am 
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I dont have any Falcon-specific knowledge to give you, but if you're doing a seals, clips & pins type of rebuild, ie not replacing pistons, it should be easy.

Circlip pliers will be handy, and probably brake pipe spanners would be useful.
It shouldnt be hard at all, but it is brakes, so pay attention and double-check everything you do.

We've done about 5 pairs of Volvo calipers for ourselves and other guys we race with and are just about to start doing a Mazda pair.
There've been no problem doing any of them so far, with the exception of finding rebuild kits for the Mazda calipers (RX7 series 2, 5-stud) being a pain.

 

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Posted: Thu Feb 16, 2006 10:52 am 
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its not hard as long as u put the boot for the piston the correct way around, so check which way the old one comes off.
you proberly wont be able to pull the piston out, so u will need a compressor and a air gun to force it out. put a piece of wood infront of the piston so that u dont damage it when it pushes out as it will come out very fast with the forced air behind it.

clean the piston up and bore, use a good amount of rubber lube, brake lube. on the piston and seals.

when installing piston make sure it goes in even then push it in, u may find its hard so may have to use a piston push back tool, or multi grip pliers.

its not to hard to do.
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Posted: Thu Feb 16, 2006 9:05 pm 
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The hardest part is to get the boot to sit in the groove while you are putting the piston back in. Be prepared for some frustrating times. :x I usualy don't have anything to drink until I have done that part. The rest is very straight forward, just replace the old bits with the new bits.

Make sure you clean out the groove that the piston rubber sits in really well, as this can make or break your reconditioning.

You can bleed the brakes yourself, alone, by partialy filling a jar with brake fluid, and inserting the open end of the bleeder hose into the fluid, so that it doesn't draw up any air. Been doing this for years :D

BTW, replace yor pads @ the same time, and best to have your discs machined too, while everything is apart :D
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