[s-cars] Re: brake upgrade w/used calipers?

Brett Dikeman brett at cloud9.net
Thu May 19 20:24:50 EDT 2005

On May 18, 2005, at 6:56 PM, Kenneth Keith wrote:

> I know people have used used calipers before successfully, but perhaps
> someone has a story about buying used calipers and it not going
> smoothly?  At this level, would it be foolish to try to save some cash
> by going used?  Is there a third option that is cost competitive, like
> rebuilding some used calipers myself?

Especially with a monobloc caliper, I don't see much in the way of  
things that could really bite you.  If we were talking rear Audi  
calipers that would be one thing (I'd never buy one of those used),  
but there isn't much to go wrong in a regular caliper, save seals and  
boots.  If the boots are ripped, you might have bore or piston  
pitting/rust.  A seal kit would be a good idea if they're a couple  
years old, as would disassembly, cleaning, and reassembly.

If you don't get any definite answers, I have a friend who is a  
Porsche mechanic, and I wouldn't mind giving him a ring to ask.

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