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Old 05-14-2011, 06:58 PM   #1
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rebuilt calipers

Just in the process of rebuilding my calipers with seals, but one piston is pretty badly rusted.

autopartsway has rebuilt calipers for 74 bucks . I'm curious what rebuilders do with crappy pistons. Since there's no way to find out other than pulling the caliper apart. Any one have any experience good or bad with rebuilt calipers?

Also wondering what the price for rebuilds are at other places like napa etc ?

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Old 05-14-2011, 07:13 PM   #2
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I bough m3 calipers rebuilt for like $70 a pop.
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Old 05-14-2011, 07:14 PM   #3
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where did you get them from ?
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Old 05-14-2011, 07:27 PM   #4
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You can't get pistons from general parts suppliers. You may be able to find someone who rebuilds and buy them or find a specialized supplier. Really by time you do all that and get all the bits that come with the rebuilt units, you're better off buying a rebuilt unit.
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Old 05-14-2011, 07:29 PM   #5
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bimmerworld carries them but they are out of stock, and at 60 for a pair plus the rebuild kit I would have to agree with you.

As I said just curious if anyone has any negative experiences with rebuilders

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Old 05-14-2011, 07:37 PM   #6
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Napa, they are Nugeon rebuilt calipers. One side a brand new piston in it, one had an original one.
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Old 05-14-2011, 07:53 PM   #7
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Napa, they are Nugeon rebuilt calipers. One side a brand new piston in it, one had an original one.
Hey, did they still have the /M stamp on them? I wanted to get rebuilt ones so I can paint them and make the brakes all fresh.
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Old 05-14-2011, 08:46 PM   #8
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Yes, they come with the appropriate m-stamping. And they weren't picky on cores either, I probably could have returned a non-m set and they wouldn't care.
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Old 05-14-2011, 09:28 PM   #9
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Hi, can you please give for details re: bimmerworld?
Are they online or local (or both).

I rebuilt both my fronts myself last fall. I will never do it again. Very tough to get the pistons back in.

Anyway, it still seems like the driver side caliper takes more force to push the piston back into the caliper. I am concerned that this is causing the brake to drag a bit. I have slightly more brake dust on that side.
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Old 05-14-2011, 09:37 PM   #10
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Yes, they come with the appropriate m-stamping. And they weren't picky on cores either, I probably could have returned a non-m set and they wouldn't care.
Last question, did they come with the caliper brackets or just the caliper itself?
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Old 05-14-2011, 09:54 PM   #11
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at my old shop (my new shop just buys brand new OEM calipers or we rebuild ourselves) we used to get our rebuilds from Midland Calipers. never had an issue with them and they were all rebuilt OEM calipers (so if your car came with stamped M on the calipers, chances are you're gonna get a refreshed caliper that is the same)

FYI, most of the calipers we got didnt come with brackets. just the caliper and two copper washers.
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Hi, can you please give for details re: bimmerworld?
Are they online or local (or both).

I rebuilt both my fronts myself last fall. I will never do it again. Very tough to get the pistons back in.

Anyway, it still seems like the driver side caliper takes more force to push the piston back into the caliper. I am concerned that this is causing the brake to drag a bit. I have slightly more brake dust on that side.
bimmerworld is a US company www.bimmerworld.com

They only sell the pistons in pairs (the are currently out of stock) for 60 bucks and you will pay shipping etc. so if I were you I'd just get a rebuilt caliper from napa for 70 bucks and not worry about it.

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Old 05-14-2011, 11:19 PM   #13
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seals the deal for me. I'm just going to get a rebuilt from napa.
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Old 05-15-2011, 02:02 AM   #14
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Last question, did they come with the caliper brackets or just the caliper itself?
With brackets.
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Old 05-15-2011, 09:32 PM   #15
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midland caliper rebuilds for 60$ and some are even 50$
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