Front brake caliper thoughts

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#1 Front brake caliper thoughts

Post by Monkeyfinger » Thu Sep 27, 2018 8:25 am

My front calipers need addressing. So I've been looking at my options:
1. Refurb existing with new pistons, seals etc.
2. Buy new (exchange) calipers to standard spec.
3. Buy new uprated caliper kit

Option 1 is not cost effective as the rebuild parts come out more expensive than Option 2, to achieve three same standard. Option 3 is more expensive again, but perhaps the extra cost for some alloy calipers is worth it? From other posts, I gather that improvements to S2 front caliper are not required for normal use, however.

Grateful for any views and insights...
Richard
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#2 Re: Front brake caliper thoughts

Post by mgcjag » Thu Sep 27, 2018 8:40 am

Hi Richard....no problem with standard S2 front brakes.... have you been in contact with http://www.biggred.co.uk they are very good ..on service and price...had a couple of pairs of calipers refurbed by them...and one pair of exchange......Steve
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#3 Re: Front brake caliper thoughts

Post by Monkeyfinger » Thu Sep 27, 2018 9:53 am

Thanks for the link. I will check them out.
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#4 Re: Front brake caliper thoughts

Post by chrisfell » Thu Sep 27, 2018 4:58 pm

I have a pair of S2 calipers hat I have just cleaned ready for a rebuild. They didn’t need new pistons so the rebuild costs just the seals. And a cat of paint (I’m too cheap to get them plated).
However, I did split the calipers to clean them and that has left me with a dilemma. None of the seals kits contain the small square section seals between the caliper halves. And I have yet to source and purchase some. None of the normal sources can help and the few specialists I have contacted will not supply these seals.
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#5 Re: Front brake caliper thoughts

Post by Series1 Stu » Thu Sep 27, 2018 5:00 pm

Or Classicar Automotive near Macclesfield. They did my 420 calipers superbly and they are the same parts as a series 2 E Type.

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#6 Re: Front brake caliper thoughts

Post by 288gto » Thu Sep 27, 2018 5:28 pm

Another thumbs up for Classic Car Automotive, they made an excellent job of rebuilding my master cylinders with stainless sleeves.


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#7 Re: Front brake caliper thoughts

Post by politeperson » Thu Sep 27, 2018 5:45 pm

S2 calipers are very good, no need to upgrade.

Pastparts offer a fast cost effective reconditioning service. The last ones I sent them were returned in three days and were perfect.

http://www.pastparts.co.uk
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#8 Re: Front brake caliper thoughts

Post by mach2andy » Thu Sep 27, 2018 6:32 pm

Another thumbs up for Pastparts. They refurbished my whole braking system last year. Beautiful professional work, nice people to deal with & not expensive.
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#9 Re: Front brake caliper thoughts

Post by Bfastr » Thu Sep 27, 2018 8:04 pm

chrisfell wrote:
Thu Sep 27, 2018 4:58 pm
I did split the calipers to clean them and that has left me with a dilemma. None of the seals kits contain the small square section seals between the caliper halves. And I have yet to source and purchase some. None of the normal sources can help and the few specialists I have contacted will not supply these seals.
XKS.com shows 162 in stock for 59 cents! but they will probably charge you another $20 to ship them..
I would try calling as they will sometimes put a small seal in an envelope, and four of these surely will fit.

search for GR-67320782
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#10 Re: Front brake caliper thoughts

Post by ManniB » Fri Sep 28, 2018 4:43 pm

chrisfell wrote:
Thu Sep 27, 2018 4:58 pm
I have a pair of S2 calipers hat I have just cleaned ready for a rebuild. They didn’t need new pistons so the rebuild costs just the seals. And a cat of paint (I’m too cheap to get them plated).
However, I did split the calipers to clean them and that has left me with a dilemma. None of the seals kits contain the small square section seals between the caliper halves. And I have yet to source and purchase some. None of the normal sources can help and the few specialists I have contacted will not supply these seals.
Google for Girling P/N 67320782

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#11 Re: Front brake caliper thoughts

Post by Monkeyfinger » Wed Oct 03, 2018 8:48 am

Following up my post, I note that brakeparts.co.uk have reconditioned front calipers for £65. At that cost, I don't think I will trouble myself with buying the parts for a rebuild. They have good prices for the disks and sundries also.
Richard
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