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Removing brake calipers

I am planning on painting my brake calipers and it order to do it properly and cleanly, I would like to partially remove the calipers. Are there any instructions around on how to remove the calipers/change the brake pads? I don't want to break anything or not be able to put everything back together.
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Re: Removing brake calipers

Don't know for sure but if they are like most other calipers then there will probably be two bolts to take out and then it should just slide right off the rotor. I assume you are not going to take off the brake line because if you do you will have to bleed them.
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Re: Removing brake calipers

Most just leave them mounted and paint them since it sits securely. But if you really want to move them, here is a good DIY from LXforums. It's for replacing pads but something you're looking for according to your post. http://www.lxforums.com/board/f140/b...p-step-101366/
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Re: Removing brake calipers

just remove the two caliper bolts and slide them off. You may want to make a custom spacer for the pads to slide between the pads in the void while removed.
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Re: Removing brake calipers

The brakes in those instructions don't appear to have the pieces that I've highlighted in yellow in these pics. This is the piece that I am most concerned about getting paint on or trying to paint around. Do these pieces just pull off with a pair of pliers? With these pieces off, I can leave the rest of the calipers and pads in place.



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Re: Removing brake calipers

I think that is the "anti-rattle" clips that hold the brake pads on snug, atleast that is what they do on my chevy truck. They shouldn't fall out when you take the caliper off, just be gentle with it and don't let the caliper hang by the brake line. Use rope or wire to hang the caliper from while you paint it.
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Re: Removing brake calipers

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I think that is the "anti-rattle" clips that hold the brake pads on snug, atleast that is what they do on my chevy truck. They shouldn't fall out when you take the caliper off, just be gentle with it and don't let the caliper hang by the brake line. Use rope or wire to hang the caliper from while you paint it.
Did you mean the should fall out?
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Re: Removing brake calipers

They normally come out when you take the brake pads out of the caliper. Most brake pads when you buy them come with new clips (based on your vehicle model) to replace the old ones. The metal is sort of "springy" and pop out on you when you pry them out (after taking the brake pads out). Since your not taking the pads out of the caliper they should stay in there just fine but I am basing this off of other vehicles I have changed the brake pads in. If your looking to not get paint on them then you will probably have to remove the brake pads and then remove the clip but I suggest just leaving them in there and painting them as well. A lot less trouble.
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Re: Removing brake calipers

So if I want to remove the clips, what procedure should I follow? Do I need to unbolt the calipers or can I just compress them with a C-clamp, remove the pads and then the clips? I have seen this method used on other cars.
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Re: Removing brake calipers

Just pry the pry them out with a screw driver, they are held in with tension.

The lower part of the clips attach to the caliper carrier while the top fit in to the two hole on the caliper.

If you are removing the caliper you will have to pry them off.


Clean everything down and use the spray on (duplicolor engine paint) or brush on paint of your choice.

* I would spray everything down with brake part cleaner then I would use some bulldog prep solvent. (those specialize solvents are expensive) So you can just wipe everything down with some Laquer thinner to prep the surface for paint.

I have thought about painting my calipers but I haven't decide what color to go with.....
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Re: Removing brake calipers

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Just pry the pry them out with a screw driver, they are held in with tension.

The lower part of the clips attach to the caliper carrier while the top fit in to the two hole on the caliper.

If you are removing the caliper you will have to pry them off.


Clean everything down and use the spray on (duplicolor engine paint) or brush on paint of your choice.

* I would spray everything down with brake part cleaner then I would use some bulldog prep solvent. (those specialize solvents are expensive) So you can just wipe everything down with some Laquer thinner to prep the surface for paint.

I have thought about painting my calipers but I haven't decide what color to go with.....
Thanks! That's what I needed to know. I am using G2 red paint, which I think will look good with black. I used the G2 paint on my Corvette and they still look perfect after 2 years. They can also mix up custom colors using a paint code.
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Re: Removing brake calipers

Do the Caliper Bolts require loctite on the threads?
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