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Old 07-16-2013, 05:19 PM   #1
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RacingBrake caliper rebuild DIY

Done with simple hand tools that anyone has

step 1 remove caliper from
spindle and the lines from caliper
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prepare to catch brake fluid and dont lose the crush washers
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disassemble the pads from the caliper using a hammer and punch of small screw driver. once pins are removed clip comes out and pads slide out

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caliper removed and clear of pads looks like this. prepare to take dust boots out
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i used a small SOFT metal screw driver to fit between dust boots and caliper. soft metal screw driver so you don't score or gouge the caliper
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to take pistons out I used the same screwdriver and some channel locks. be gentle and take your time. when using channel locks it might take some twisting
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the oil seal is the same...small soft screw driver and patience
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I did mine on card board so the extra fluid in caliper didnt stain my work area and made for easy clean up
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this is the bag of goodies supplied by racing brake. includes lube, pistons, dust boots, and oil ring seals. all packaged very nicely.
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the pistons are different sizes and have matching seals and boots for each size
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push in new oil seals with finger, once in the groove they fit nicely...again use the right size!
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slip dust boots onto the new pistons...remember big on big small on small!
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generously lube the new pistons with supplied lube to make reassembly much much easier
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gently slide new pistons in the correct hole in the caliper
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make sure new dust boot seats properly
before inserting piston all the way in
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i was a little afraid of damaging my caliper by applying uneven pressure when inserting new pistons so i used a small hand clamp
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gentle pressure and they literally pop in. using liberal amounts of lube makes it easier and using your fingers to insert piston is fine as long as you use consistent pressure on all sides of piston.
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reassemble caliper to spindle and put pads back in. dont forget to bleed the brakes and or do a complete flush with dot 4 fluid while you are at it
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Old 07-16-2013, 05:20 PM   #2
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video of dust boots being popped out


easiest way to get pistons out is to blow compressed air through this slot...excuse my wrong language, english is hard


taking pistons out using tools everyone has
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Old 07-16-2013, 08:06 PM   #3
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Awesome post.
What made you decide to rebuild?
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Old 07-16-2013, 08:43 PM   #4
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added heat management of the pistons and i fried my boots and seals. wanted to rebuild before i sell to a v6 guy as i am upgrading the calipers. pedal felt better as well
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Old 07-16-2013, 08:46 PM   #5
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Old 07-16-2013, 09:39 PM   #6
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Good DIY.

Here is another post/video...
http://www.camaro5.com/forums/showthread.php?t=305558

Besides, yours do not look bad.... these look bad....



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Old 07-16-2013, 10:40 PM   #7
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those were my rears that had been rebuilt with oem products already. my fronts the dust boots were next to impossible to remove and i spent a few hours taking them out piece by piece.

my new calipers will be manufactured properly and will not need or require dust boots
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Old 07-17-2013, 07:08 AM   #8
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Good write-up
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Old 07-17-2013, 12:13 PM   #9
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Nice write up!

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Old 07-17-2013, 12:21 PM   #10
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Nice job. What did you use to plug the brake line so that it didn't leak the master dry?
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Old 07-17-2013, 12:26 PM   #11
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You can use a metric bolt (I think they're M10?, whatever the banjo bolt is), nut, and 2 rubber washers. Worked great when I did my swap.
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Old 07-17-2013, 06:11 PM   #13
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I like to put a piece of wood between caliper and use an air pump wherethe brake hose goes. All 4 pistons pop out evenly.

Also, i take off bleeders and blow fluid on one side and have it come out the other to clean internals.
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I like to put a piece of wood between caliper and use an air pump wherethe brake hose goes. All 4 pistons pop out evenly.

Also, i take off bleeders and blow fluid on one side and have it come out the other to clean internals.
i did something similar to that the other ines rebuilding...i was trying to do a write up for the every day guy with simple hand tools.

to he question about saving fluid...i let mine leak dry and changed fluid... i like to change fluid often because of the abuse mine takes being an auto on road course.
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