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Postby 009silverado [OP] » Feb 20 2021, 12:39am

I am in need of new calipers for my 2008 along with pads and rotors and while watching a video how to replace the caliper the guy said he got them from the junk yard. What’s your thoughts on getting calipers from say pull a part? Also looking at power stop or Detroit axel pads and rotors.
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Re: Used Calipers

Postby Chevy-SS » Feb 20 2021, 12:48am

My thoughts on used calipers would be about same as going into the COVID ICU isolation ward and kissing all the patients, especially the ones on ventilators......... :o

In all seriousness, I never mess around with brake parts. Your life, and that of your friends and family, literally depends on good solid brakes. If you're lucky, you'd just get stuck. If you're unlucky, you might end up killing someone just to save $50. It ain't worth it.
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Re: Used Calipers

Postby 009silverado [OP] » Feb 20 2021, 12:50am

Chevy-SS wrote:My thoughts on used calipers would be about same as going into the COVID ICU isolation ward and kissing all the patients, especially the ones on ventilators......... :o

Now that’s funny. I’m broke as a joke so trying to do this the broke man way without getting covid I guess. Lol. I’ll just order new ones.
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Re: Used Calipers

Postby Chevy-SS » Feb 20 2021, 12:53am

Have you looked at overhaul kits? You might find some fairly cheap. Then you can do it yourself, and you know they'd be like new. I'm not 100% they are available for your truck.
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Re: Used Calipers

Postby Chevy-SS » Feb 20 2021, 12:58am

Check this out. If bleeders are OK, this might be a good idea. You could save ~$200 on all four wheels.

This one fits 2008 1500 LT with 5.3L - front - does one caliper... O'Reilly Auto Parts:
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Re: Used Calipers

Postby i82much » Feb 20 2021, 1:04am

FYI, I bought two different sets of reman calipers for an old car a few years back and they did a terrible job remanufacturing them. Both sets leaked at the copper sealing ring where the brake lines bolt to, because the concentric sealing rings cast into the caliper body were shot. I wound up buying new calipers that worked great.

No idea whether you might run into something similar, but if you have more time than money, rebuilding your own doesn’t sound like such a bad idea IMO.
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Re: Brake kits.

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Re: Brake kits.

Postby Walkers » Feb 20 2021, 3:11am

I just paid more than that for my 2 rear rotors on my 2500!
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Re: Brake kits.

Postby Chevy-SS » Feb 20 2021, 1:04pm

009silverado wrote:What do you guys think about this? https://www.amazon.com/Calipers-Drilled ... erado+1500


I would say it's a very good deal. However, if you know someone at your local auto store, they may give you the 'jobber' price and come pretty close to those numbers. At the local store though, they would insist on caliper core exchange, but that wouldn't matter to you in the slightest. And this way, if something was not quite right, it's easy to exchange right there at the local store.

I have had too many times where I bolt everything up and start bleeding, only to have a caliper leaking fluid at the banjo bolt (like in i82much post above), and upon close examination, the rebuilt caliper(s) have a little wear around the washer seating area, and brake fluid leaks. It's a PITA to take it all apart again, but at least the store is close and it's a quick exchange process. If you have ANY issues at all with those Amazon parts, you'd be stuck. Still, it's a Helluva deal. ;) I gotta admit, I'd be very tempted to swing the bat on this.You can do whole truck for $400?? Wow
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Re: Brake kits.

Postby rebelman06 » Feb 22 2021, 1:54am

I recently installed drilled and slotted rotors with the PowerStop Z36 kit on my truck. Call me a brand snob, but I went with a well known name brand that I believe will warranty their products if I have any issues. Plenty of reviews available. I’m not familiar with that brand and what kind of quality you will get.

You aren’t likely to get quality at that price point. Brakes are not the system to cheap out on. I think you would be better off with quality OEM style parts.
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