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Old 04-05-2010, 10:45 PM   #1
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Can the spring tabs on a brake pad be bent to accomodate a different caliper piston?

I'm upgrading my 93 Mustang LX front brakes. Bought some Hawk performance pads, then found a set of SVO calipers. The piston, although larger than the stock caliper piston (73mm vs 60mm) has a smaller ID and the triangular spring clips do not fit. Can they be bent safely?
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Old 04-05-2010, 10:56 PM   #2
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Can the spring tabs on a brake pad be bent to accomodate a different caliper piston?

I have personally bent the springs just a bit to accomodate new calipers but the difference in the 2 calipers was very minimal.Bending your springs is not recommended by any means.If you know what calipers you have,why not just by pads or new springs to fit the calipers??They do have these springs at your local auto parts dealer.
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Old 04-05-2010, 11:08 PM   #3
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Can the spring tabs on a brake pad be bent to accomodate a different caliper piston?

They wont stay in and you will have a mess...thanks for answering my question
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Can the spring tabs on a brake pad be bent to accomodate a different caliper piston?

Absolutley not, They will not stay in and you will have a disaster. You cannot mix and match brake components ever. You wanna kill somebody/yourself ?
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Old 04-06-2010, 12:42 AM   #5
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Can the spring tabs on a brake pad be bent to accomodate a different caliper piston?

Be safe to your fellow drivers and yourself, find the correct brake pads!! Don't try to be cheap when repairing brakes, it can be a matter of life or death to me or you
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