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#1 Starion86ESI

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Posted 15 September 2020 - 02:16 PM

So it looks like rear brake calipers are now NLA. I reached out to Centric to see when they may have more and they basically told me that they aren't able to find cores in order to rebuild their stock. Looks like every parts house is out of rear calipers for the car. Any options for a caliper swap?





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Posted 15 September 2020 - 05:01 PM

Not really with the unique e-brake setup the factory used.
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Posted 15 September 2020 - 07:10 PM

View Postscott87star, on 15 September 2020 - 05:01 PM, said:

Not really with the unique e-brake setup the factory used.

Thatís not a hard fix. Very easy to install a hydro ebrake in the center console and connect it to the factory ebrake. Lots of room in there.

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Posted 16 September 2020 - 11:56 AM

In 28 years of driving these cars, I don't believe I ever heard of anyone swapping rear calipers.  Fronts yes, but not the rears.  Although I'm not saying it can't be done..  

btw, centric will rebuild them if you provide the cores

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Posted 17 September 2020 - 11:21 AM

Wildwood makes rear calipers that have a e brake option. I use them on my Miata. Wouldnt be hard to make an adapter plate to use those. However I will say that the park brake is somewhat weak even at max adjustment so make sure to leave it in gear

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Posted 18 September 2020 - 07:51 PM

It takes a little finess, but if you can get the seals and piston, it isn't too terribly hard to rebuild the caliper yourself.  I found a video on youtube, and did it on another car.  Like I said,  takes finess with the seal being at the very bottom of the piston and "accordianed" out, and not pulling it off while you are trying to press it into the grooves of the caliper.  I had the piston pop out a million times and had to start over, but once I got it to stay on the bottom of the piston AND pushed it into the grooves of the caliper to create the seal, it sucked itself down in and it was good to go.

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Posted 21 September 2020 - 06:26 PM

Our rear calipers arenít too hard to rebuild on your own providing you have a good piston and bore.  Pistons use to be available but are expensive (in my opinion)

The hardest part is the reinstallation of the ebrake lever. I have a step by step tutorial on that in the faq forum but the darn photos are down. Hopefully this will be resolved soon.

Iíve resealed my rear calipers twice in the past 18 months thanks to switching to DOT 5 brake fluid...big mistake.

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Posted 22 September 2020 - 08:19 AM

Just looked on rockauto.  They have the rear piston for only $38.  It was over $80 when I was considering it years back!  

With new pistons and a seal kit, you can rebuild these yourself, if you have access to a bead blaster.   One other item that you may need are the bearings for the e-brake lever.  Original ones are KOYO P/N 15BM2110.  They are 21MM OD, 15MM ID, and 10MM thick needle roller bearing.  They use to be difficult to find but I just did a search and they popped up at a variety of different places, including amazon.   You need two for each caliper.

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Posted 22 September 2020 - 11:49 AM

You should put that part number on here so I can find it again.  I have noticed some rebuilt calipers had a bushing instead of a bearing.
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Posted 22 September 2020 - 01:25 PM

Itís in this thread in the faq forum:

http://www.starquest...31#entry1541030

A bushing would work though

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Posted 23 September 2020 - 05:27 PM

Autozone.com still shows them available for oder.

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Posted 26 September 2020 - 11:42 PM

View Postkev, on 21 September 2020 - 06:26 PM, said:

Our rear calipers aren't too hard to rebuild on your own providing you have a good piston and bore.  Pistons use to be available but are expensive (in my opinion)

The hardest part is the reinstallation of the ebrake lever. I have a step by step tutorial on that in the faq forum but the darn photos are down. Hopefully this will be resolved soon.

I've resealed my rear calipers twice in the past 18 months thanks to switching to DOT 5 brake fluid...big mistake.
The issue is the e brake assembly side. The ones I had that were bad are seized on the external ebrake side. Parts are not available for this side
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Posted 27 September 2020 - 11:20 AM

The e-brake mechanism seal comes with the seal kit. You need the two bearings I mentioned earlier.  All of the rest can be bead blasted and reassembled.




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