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Old 06-08-2010, 05:23 PM
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Dodge Dakota Disc Brakes

I am replacing the calipers and pads on a 89 Dakota 2 WD and I am at a loss where this "Frog Leg" wire is supposed to go.
I am sure it has to do with the anti rattle of the pads bit it does not want to fit anywhere and look like it is supposed to ride there!!
A pic would be worth 1000 words or more!!
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Old 09-05-2011, 08:59 PM
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ANYBODY, have a picture of Dodge Dakota 89 caliper so I can see how the "cricket leg" attaches to the disc pad?
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This is the later style, but I think it is the same. Hope it helps.
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Old 09-06-2011, 07:21 AM
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This is why it's a good idea to take apart one side at a time.
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I am replacing the calipers and pads on a 89 Dakota 2 WD and I am at a loss where this "Frog Leg" wire is supposed to go.
I am sure it has to do with the anti rattle of the pads bit it does not want to fit anywhere and look like it is supposed to ride there!!
A pic would be worth 1000 words or more!!
You can go to Autozone's site and access full shop manuals for your vehicle (may have to sign up 1st). Also, make sure you have the right pads, I just bought a set for my '98 R/T and was given a set for a standard Dakota. Didn't find out until the front end was all apart, then the wife had to go to three other places before finding the correct ones!

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Everything on this truck came out of a box!!
I did not have one to look at it is all hand built, so I need a picture of one side to build my front brakes.
Thanks for the pic but it is on a 6 lug caliper and rotor which is "newer" than my 5 lug
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Old 09-06-2011, 10:00 AM
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2WD CALIPER ASSEMBLY


FRONT BRAKE AND SPINDLE ASSEMBLIES
There may be more than just one caliper used, depending on the year by the looks of things. The top caliper above uses an attached clip while the bottom caliper above (and the 4WD caliper, below) shows a separate rattle spring/clip affair. In any event, you can see the orientation of it.



4WD CALIPER ASSEMBLY

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Old 09-06-2011, 11:40 AM
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Now we are getting closer!!
Outboard pad spring.
Ok, I will see if I can orientate it in the right direction!

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Don't know how well it shows up on your monitor, but the two ends locate on the caliper, where the 'divots' are. Then the clip acts as a 'bail' to capture the outer pad.

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Don't know how well it shows up on your monitor, but the two ends locate on the caliper, where the 'divots' are. Then the clip acts as a 'bail' to capture the outer pad.


It still dosen't look right!!
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The ends go in the holes in the caliper that are clearly visible.The loops go over the caliper mounts.
They do not go between the pad and the caliper.
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Put the O s in the X s
then flex the spring into position where the arrows are
The clip should be on the outside of the caliper not between the caliper and the pad.
The third pic is close, just flip the spring/clip over put the arrows in my pic together on the caliper mount.
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In cobalts post, pic #2 shows it pretty clearly
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O K, so what keeps the pad tight in the caliper, if it goes on the outside?
There appear to be a bit of clearance on the pad between the anchor and caliper. I thought this frog leg was to keep it from squeaking!
I tried that and it fits BUT what is it supposed to accomplish?
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It keeps the caliper from clunking around when hitting bumps.
There should be anti rattle hardware with the pads, unless you got the cheapies, but you may be able to get it seperatley.
There is also an adhesive that can be used on the pads backing to keep them fixed tight to the caliper, but I prefer the proper clips.
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