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Old 07-22-2014, 12:57 PM   #1
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Re-Use Caliper Bolts? Or Buy New?

What do you recommend? Some red lock tight on the old ones or buy new?
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Old 07-22-2014, 05:34 PM   #2
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I've heard of both ways. The manual says to always replace them, so that's what I did. $20ish of bolts is cheap insurance and should be an infrequent cost.
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Old 07-22-2014, 06:01 PM   #3
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Buy new. They're only $4 a piece.
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Old 07-22-2014, 06:59 PM   #4
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I've heard of both ways. The manual says to always replace them, so that's what I did. $20ish of bolts is cheap insurance and should be an infrequent cost.
I'm contemplating getting my calipers powder coated sometime in the near future is the only reason I'm potentially on the edge of just using some lock tight for now. I'm just wondering if anyone has ever had any bad experience ' s going that route.
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Old 07-23-2014, 02:23 PM   #5
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I used red locktite and haven't had any issues. Just don't over-torque them.

Or buy new.. they aren't that expensive either.
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Old 07-23-2014, 02:48 PM   #6
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I used red locktite and haven't had any issues. Just don't over-torque them.

Or buy new.. they aren't that expensive either.
I ended up buying new. The risk to $ ratio wasn't worth it in my eyes lol.
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Old 07-23-2014, 04:34 PM   #7
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You should use Loctite if you use new or if you reuse. I used Blue on my suspension install.
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Old 07-23-2014, 06:58 PM   #8
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You should use Loctite if you use new or if you reuse. I used Blue on my suspension install.
I agree, I usually use the blue but the bolts I get from JDP come pre threaded with red lock tight.
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Old 07-23-2014, 07:14 PM   #9
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I have reused them a couple of times with no problems. Just used some blue lock tight. Granted when I did my CTS-V swap I got new bolts from Maureen @ Rodgers Chevrolet.

Think it was $35 but that was also with two new wiper blades.
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Old 07-23-2014, 08:13 PM   #10
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I have reused them a couple of times with no problems. Just used some blue lock tight. Granted when I did my CTS-V swap I got new bolts from Maureen @ Rodgers Chevrolet.

Think it was $35 but that was also with two new wiper blades.

You just reminded me that i need new wiper blades!

I figure even if i re-use the old ones it will be good to have an extra set laying around.. Im prbly going to end up pulling them off here soon anyways to get my calipers powder coated..
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Old 07-23-2014, 08:35 PM   #11
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I used to remove and reinstall calipers constantly on my track cars. I used the same bolts with some Loctite. Reason being was that I was doing it so much it would have been insane to replace the bolts every single time. I never had a single issue. However, if you're doing it once, how could it hurt to replace.
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Old 07-23-2014, 09:14 PM   #12
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You just reminded me that i need new wiper blades!

I figure even if i re-use the old ones it will be good to have an extra set laying around.. Im prbly going to end up pulling them off here soon anyways to get my calipers powder coated..
Call Maureen if I remember correctly it was $35 for all bolts and both wipers shipped to my door.
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Old 07-23-2014, 09:20 PM   #13
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Call Maureen if I remember correctly it was $35 for all bolts and both wipers shipped to my door.
I ended up getting a killer deal thru my boy at JDP for the bolts. I'm not sure if he sells the wiper blades or not though..
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Ah cool JDP are good too

No clue about the blades from JDP
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been using red Loctite and old caliper bolts working in the shop as a mechanic since they started using Loctite. never had any issues. make sure you remove the old Loctite per manufacturer before applying new Loctite. wire wheel works great
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Old 08-07-2014, 12:00 PM   #16
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In general, it is accepted in the industry to use TTY (Torque to Yield) bolts once after the initial factory install. When removing and replacing a second time, the bolt has been stretched even more and you will likely not achieve proper clamping. So...for the first time, I'd throw them back in with some loctite as others have mentioned...but the next time, have some new bolts ready and make sure you torque to the proper spec. as well as tighten to the proper angle after that.
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Old 08-07-2014, 01:22 PM   #17
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In general, it is accepted in the industry to use TTY (Torque to Yield) bolts once after the initial factory install. When removing and replacing a second time, the bolt has been stretched even more and you will likely not achieve proper clamping. So...for the first time, I'd throw them back in with some loctite as others have mentioned...but the next time, have some new bolts ready and make sure you torque to the proper spec. as well as tighten to the proper angle after that.
I went ahead and just got some new ones. seemed like the best idea for the $. I didn't have any red loctite.. so i factored in buy that and it just made sense to buy some new ones for added security. But i will be for sure using the loctite this next go around when i get my calipers powder coated.
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Old 08-12-2014, 11:32 AM   #18
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I went ahead and just got some new ones. seemed like the best idea for the $. I didn't have any red loctite.. so i factored in buy that and it just made sense to buy some new ones for added security. But i will be for sure using the loctite this next go around when i get my calipers powder coated.
Blue loctite should be sufficient. I would avoid the red if possible cause it will really suck to get them off the next time.
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Old 08-12-2014, 04:00 PM   #19
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Old 08-12-2014, 07:45 PM   #20
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Blue loctite should be sufficient. I would avoid the red if possible cause it will really suck to get them off the next time.
I figured blue would be sufficient. Never tried taking red off after application but I'm sure it wouldn't be to exciting lol. Especially in the small area they provide you with to remove the rear calipers.
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I might use red hi temp silicone.. red loctite might be hard to take apart.. and blue loctite can't handle high heat..
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