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Old 12-01-2007, 02:01 AM
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Is taking apart calipers a bad idea?

I'm about to buy a set of new stainless steel caplipers for my vette, and I was wondering if taking them apart so that I could get them powder coated before installtion is gonna be trouble. Are there any consumable parts that I should buy ahead of time for easy assembly?


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Old 12-01-2007, 05:24 AM
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Now I am just speculating here


I would think
you need to remove the rubber boot.

2 nd
the heat might distort the cylinder so the piston or something else might have to remain in place to keep it form {i forget how hot power coating gets}

you will want to keep all the slider points clean the extra material might not let it work properly.


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check with the manufacturer many times you can order them powdercoated when you buy them . if not you will certainly need a rebuilding kit or you could try and remove the o-rings being very careful not to rip them.powder coating is done at a temp of around 400 degrees .there is also a brush on ceramic caliper paint from duplicolor which has limited colors but comes with a special cleaner works well and costs around $30
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SSBC offer all kinds of colored calipers - I just grabbed an '02 'Vette for an example. Scroll down to the bottom:

I wouldn't make any attempt to powder coat a caliper - too many pieces that are in close proximity that need to move plus masking off the bores and fluid inlet. Let the manufacturer have that responsibility. Just take a walk thru a powder coat shop - they are generally filthy as the powder materials get in everything - including your parts.

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STAINLESS! I would just polish them up real nice..... You can take them apart if you have the correct tools and should be able to reuse all the parts as long as you don't deform them during the tear down. On the race car we have a set of Wilwood Calipers that I have torn down once and they work excelent, no leaks, etc
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I powdercoat calipers all the time. I remove everything pistons seals bleeders.
I don't recommend powdercoating since it insulates the caliper, but is is possible.

just make sure to mask off the clyinders and bleeders etc or you WILL be screwed!
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