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Old 08-21-2014, 02:24 PM   #1
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Removing brake calipers?

So Im going to be attempting to paint my calipers red either today or tomorrow and not sure how I would do it while they are on the car, so dos anyone know how difficult of a process it is to remove your calipers?
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2 bolts hold the caliper to the carrier on the back side, and then just un bolt the brake line. You will likely need to flush your brake fluid after this, becaue you will lose quite a bit and there will be air in the lines.
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You'll need to bleed your brakes. You can collect the fluid and put it back in, just be sure to get all the air out when you put everything back together. Good luck! I've been wanting to do the same thing. I want to do it right which to me that means taking them off, not painting them while they are on, which means it's a longer process.
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^^^ Brake fluid is cheap! Never recycle it. Don't take the of chance dirt, dust, debris in your hydraulic system. Not worth it in my opinion.


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Also removing calipers is like wrenching 101. If you can change oil you can figure out a brake assembly. I suggest taking them off. You'll even learn a bit about your car.


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If you use vise grips or a clamp to gently pinch the brake line just before the fitting on the cali, you'll lose less and bleeding is easier.
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^^^ Brake fluid is cheap! Never recycle it. Don't take the of chance dirt, dust, debris in your hydraulic system. Not worth it in my opinion.


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Brakes

Another trick you can do is open the bleeder and put a piece of tygon tubing on it then let it flow into a cup/can/jar. Good old physics will do the rest. Let it sit for an hour or two , close the bleeder, viola, your done.
Learned that trick bleeding clutches and ATV's.
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A lot of work will be made out of a simple painting job if, for no other reason, you remove the calipers from the brake lines. Just leave the calipers in place and mask everything. Or unbolt the calipers and hang them within the wheel well mask off everything and shoot them....
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Motivated me to do mine tomorrow. Probably going to go with black since I have a black and silver theme going
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Easier but longer method due to waiting for paint to dry is just to leave them hanging on the hose, set it up on the brake disk or spindle and paint one side at a time. Use lots of newspapers to wrap everything under and around so you don't get paint on everything. Paint one side, wait till it dries enough to flip it over and do the other side.

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