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New brake caliper replacement

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by bevo2000, Jan 10, 2024.

  1. Jan 10, 2024 at 6:27 PM
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    bevo2000

    bevo2000 [OP] Well-Known Member

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    No. Red flags.

    For a similar price there are the same or better factory calipers including new.

    Or rebuilding calipers yourself for significantly cheaper which you can coat or paint in any finish you want.
     
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  3. Jan 10, 2024 at 6:37 PM
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    Thank you.

    What’s a good caliper for about $100?

    For rebuilds, I know OEM kits are better but what’s the opinion of this kit?
    https://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B00Y8JYDEI?smid=ATVPDKIKX0DER
     
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  4. Jan 10, 2024 at 6:41 PM
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  5. Jan 10, 2024 at 8:13 PM
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    No way I would take off that trustworthy oem calipar and replace with offshore crap. Just rebuild them with a quality kit. Will likely last three times as long. Disassemble and clean off all the rust and rebuild.
     
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    PMB performance offers zinc coating.

    never did that though as I’ve never had a caliper look quite bad enough to need it (not in rust belt)

    but that may be another option. I don’t know what Toyota does to their calipers. There likely cast iron and heavy.

    I know zinc coating to prevent rust is common on German cars and their caliper suppliers such as Ate. Such as an aluminum caliper that is then zinc coated, offering an additional layer of protection from corrosion. That when new is typically just that.

    unless someone puts even more coating on top such as G2 caliper paint.
    That’s probably cheaper and easier than blast and PC.

    LimeAWay, water, and steel wire brush is pretty good at cleaning the outside of calipers. Or other ways.
    But I’ve never tried something like that on excessive rust.

    there is rust remover chemicals too that are acidic and may be more for a light amount of rust.
     
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    Amazon isn’t the place to buy brake parts. A lesson I learned the hard way.
     
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    LOL. thanks
     
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    The rebuild takes time to disassemble and clean properly with 3m pads internal bores and pistons as well as painting the external. Been there and works well.
    Replacement much easier. I looked at NAPA rebuilts but they were coated and a big mess when I physically looked at them so passed.
    Most Amazon new ones are Chinese so who knows how they will last. Note sold by Amazon but that warranty is not so good luck with using it.
    For the low price you could try them and see and then rebuild the OEM ones at your leisure if needed later.

    As a 2005 change the flex brake hoses at the same time to avoid other issues.
     
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  10. Jan 12, 2024 at 7:18 AM
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    Thank you for the part number and instructions.
     
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    I forgot to ask you all this important question: How do I check if the existing caliper is OEM or not? If these are not OEM calipers, then it's pointless to rebuild them. I owned this ride for 3 months and previous owner passed away so I can't ask him these questions.
     
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    I hate rebuilding calipers. While I’ve never done it on a Tacoma. The GM ones I did needed the cylinders honed and I had about 70% success rate.

    I’d go with PowerStop caliper from RockAuto.
    $110.00. Send in your core and you’ll get $40 back. You’ll have about $70 in a new caliper.
     
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    certain cars honing is advised against in repair manual. It also would remove any protective coating if there is any. And change fitment between the parts such as piston.

    mine were old and high miles. Popped out the pistons with compressed air and a block of wood. Bores looked fine. Slapped on the new kit. The boots and retainers go on easier than other designs.

    if the bore looks bad then you’re out $20 to verify.
    Finding cheap good OE used set to rebuild and put on is another option.

    or if upgrading to used bigger 4runner calipers then a rebuild should be done anyway.
     
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