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Old 09-21-2014, 10:56 AM   #1
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Rebuilding Calipers

Anyone have experience with rebuilding calipers? Is it a waste of time and money?
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If you have access to compressed air it's actually very easy providing the caliper and piston are rebuildable.
I don't have much choice on my car... The calipers are no longer available.
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For a Bullitt? You can get the big fronts from Rockauto already rebuilt, plenty of other places to get PBR or even ones that say "COBRA" if you want. I'm going to have to have my fronts rebuilt at some point in the near future or see if Autozone can get them, (IIRC they can if you have cores).

With that said, yeah there are kits all over to rebuild them, its seals and snap rings and you will want to have a good compressor. I'm lazy and will just exchange mine as they last 100k with maintenance.
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The Bullitts are red with the pony emblem. The rebuilt units look to all be the Cobra style.
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I need to look it back up, but there are PLENTY of places that will take blank PBR calipers and do whatever sort of patterning you want in powdercoat.
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Lol
There was a brand new set of front Bullitt calipers on Ebay a while back for over a thousand dollars!
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There was a brand new set of front Bullitt calipers on Ebay a while back for over a thousand dollars!

Ford Racing Red Bullitt/Mach 1 Running Pony Calipers (Front Pair) at AmericanMuscle.com - Discontinued
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For the cost of a non-specialty caliper, I find it much easier to just buy new ones and be done with it.
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Ron, here are the ones I found for Bullitt and Mach 1's

Bullitt (Red) 13" Blank Rotor Brakes Kit with Banjo Bolts Only, Speed Concepts

RockAuto Parts Catalog

SVE makes a knock-off red calipers for the 13" rotors

http://www.latemodelrestoration.com/...nt-Caliper-Kit

http://www.yourhotcar.com/prod/Ford_..._50055/639504/
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yeah, they discontinued the cobra calipers as well. Not sure why? It's a very common mod and they should find a new supplier.
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Cardone rebuilds are $60 plus core charge on Rockauto. Get them, ship your old ones back in a flat rate box and for $120 you have new front calipers. Paint them while they are off the car with caliper paint if you are feeling froggy.
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YIKES!!!
$800?!?!!??
Luckily, the calipers on both of my cars seem to be in good shape but that can change in an instant on 14 year old cars.
I'd try to save them by rebuilding first and then look at other alternatives.
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YIKES!!!
$800?!?!!??
So you can see that the E-Bay guy is not too far off for OEM calipers and he probably knows that they are slowly fading away on the aftermarket, supply and demand.
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So you can see that the E-Bay guy is not too far off for OEM calipers and he probably knows that they are slowly fading away on the aftermarket, supply and demand.
I think that he was at $1500 at one point! But they were brand new, in the box, OEM calipers.
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That's idiotic, rebuilt ones are all over the place and are just fine. Not to mention that there are multiple kits available to run GT500 brakes in SN95 cars if you really want to stop like a mofo. Vintage Venom makes a really nice spacer/stud/bracket kit but it's not exactly cheap.
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Lol

There was a brand new set of front Bullitt calipers on Ebay a while back for over a thousand dollars!

Tell you what. Buy me a Baer big brake kit and I will GIVE you my Bullitt brakes lol


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That's idiotic, rebuilt ones are all over the place and are just fine. Not to mention that there are multiple kits available to run GT500 brakes in SN95 cars if you really want to stop like a mofo. Vintage Venom makes a really nice spacer/stud/bracket kit but it's not exactly cheap.

GT500 brakes aren't exactly that great......


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Tell you what. Buy me a Baer big brake kit and I will GIVE you my Bullitt brakes lol


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I might consider that. You have to throw in the two mud flaps and the air intake as well...

Wait a minute. Let me look into this Baer kit first!
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I'll think about it!















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GT500 brakes aren't exactly that great......


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On a 3300lb car they should be with a set of good pads/rotors. I remember when the 00R brakes were available for $800 and everyone thought that was so super expensive lol.
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You probably didn't even look at the one i actually want lol.

Front Extreme+ Big Brake System 1994-2004 SN95 4261008 - Baer Brakes

And thats just the fronts, they have a matching set for the rear.
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You probably didn't even look at the one i actually want lol.

Front Extreme+ Big Brake System 1994-2004 SN95 4261008 - Baer Brakes

And thats just the fronts, they have a matching set for the rear.
Lol.
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You probably didn't even look at the one i actually want lol.

Front Extreme+ Big Brake System 1994-2004 SN95 4261008 - Baer Brakes

And thats just the fronts, they have a matching set for the rear.
I can buy a complete SC setup for that kind of money front and back
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Yeah but he road races.
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I can buy a complete SC setup for that kind of money front and back

Because corner carving lol. Being able to hang with high level Porsches in the corners will require brakes like that.


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Plus I've got a SC coming anyway, so I need something to help stop better lol. Gotta upgrade tires first. These Sumitomos won't last long now.


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