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#2865978 - 10/10/14 04:32 PM Brake Calipers
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After 104K miles, my pads are thin and need replacement. Will be replacing the rotors at the same time. Rear pads are wearing unevenly so the calipers probably need replacement too. Because of the age and mileage, do you think I should replace all 4 calipers while I'm there?
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#2865982 - 10/10/14 04:48 PM Re: Brake Calipers [Re: Doberman]
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#2866390 - 10/14/14 03:09 AM Re: Brake Calipers [Re: Doberman]
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Brakes do have rubber parts that do take a pounding due to heat. To restore braking efficiency and to get good life out of the pads, replacement of those parts is recommended. Reman calipers are supposed to be high quality cleaned up replacements for OEM but I as well as others have found variable quality on the replacements from Cardone. I got my calipers reman'd by the following outfit, www.goldlinebrakes.com. Excellent work and you can pick the color. I had him put in stainless steel pistons for technical reasons which are also used in racing. Stainless steel pistons are used in racing applications and are expensive. Without that though, his work is impeccable and beautiful and should be competitive with other sources.
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On my LTC the following mods/upgrades were added. Heinous motorsport control arms, Command Automotive SD-1 rotors (these rotors can no longer be obtained), Calipers by Goldlinebrakes.com in silver with Hawk HPS pads (now running Ford OEM), MSD COP's. MZT is also applied with programming from BOC. j-mod is now done. Final rebuild of transmission done by Gearstar.

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#2867093 - 10/17/14 10:42 AM Re: Brake Calipers [Re: stalag]
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Registered: 11/19/07
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Originally Posted By: stalag
Brakes do have rubber parts that do take a pounding due to heat. To restore braking efficiency and to get good life out of the pads, replacement of those parts is recommended. Reman calipers are supposed to be high quality cleaned up replacements for OEM but I as well as others have found variable quality on the replacements from Cardone. I got my calipers reman'd by the following outfit, www.goldlinebrakes.com. Excellent work and you can pick the color. I had him put in stainless steel pistons for technical reasons which are also used in racing. Stainless steel pistons are used in racing applications and are expensive. Without that though, his work is impeccable and beautiful and should be competitive with other sources.


So I take it, it is pretty expensive to go this route?
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#2867118 - 10/17/14 12:50 PM Re: Brake Calipers [Re: Mrvic2004]
stalag Offline
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Registered: 03/29/09
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Loc: Columbus, OH
Originally Posted By: junior
Originally Posted By: stalag
Brakes do have rubber parts that do take a pounding due to heat. To restore braking efficiency and to get good life out of the pads, replacement of those parts is recommended. Reman calipers are supposed to be high quality cleaned up replacements for OEM but I as well as others have found variable quality on the replacements from Cardone. I got my calipers reman'd by the following outfit, www.goldlinebrakes.com. Excellent work and you can pick the color. I had him put in stainless steel pistons for technical reasons which are also used in racing. Stainless steel pistons are used in racing applications and are expensive. Without that though, his work is impeccable and beautiful and should be competitive with other sources.


So I take it, it is pretty expensive to go this route?


Not too bad all told. IMHO, I got excellent working brakes out of this.
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2001 Lincoln Town Car Cartier L, 1997 Mercury Grand Marquis (extinct)
On my LTC the following mods/upgrades were added. Heinous motorsport control arms, Command Automotive SD-1 rotors (these rotors can no longer be obtained), Calipers by Goldlinebrakes.com in silver with Hawk HPS pads (now running Ford OEM), MSD COP's. MZT is also applied with programming from BOC. j-mod is now done. Final rebuild of transmission done by Gearstar.

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#2867120 - 10/17/14 12:54 PM Re: Brake Calipers [Re: stalag]
Mrvic2004 Offline

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Registered: 11/19/07
Posts: 1403
Loc: Kansas City, MO
Originally Posted By: stalag
Originally Posted By: junior
Originally Posted By: stalag
Brakes do have rubber parts that do take a pounding due to heat. To restore braking efficiency and to get good life out of the pads, replacement of those parts is recommended. Reman calipers are supposed to be high quality cleaned up replacements for OEM but I as well as others have found variable quality on the replacements from Cardone. I got my calipers reman'd by the following outfit, www.goldlinebrakes.com. Excellent work and you can pick the color. I had him put in stainless steel pistons for technical reasons which are also used in racing. Stainless steel pistons are used in racing applications and are expensive. Without that though, his work is impeccable and beautiful and should be competitive with other sources.


So I take it, it is pretty expensive to go this route?


Not too bad all told. IMHO, I got excellent working brakes out of this.


Well looks like I'm a have to try this then. Especially since I want them painted and freshen up. Makes sense, since the car is 11 years old.
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