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cheap calipers from rockauto?


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#1 the sucker king

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Posted 14 October 2012 - 10:24 PM

Rockauto.com has tons of remanned gen 2 calipers for cheap, like $40 and up. Brands like Beck-Arnley and Raybestos, which generally i like but didn't know they made calipers. Anyone have experience with these? I hesitate cause the price seems too low to be quality stuff.

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Posted 14 October 2012 - 10:49 PM

depends more on who remanned it. the rebuild kits or seals probably all cost the same or close so I can see where someone could get cores in of whatever quality and rebuild them for about the same price. unless you can see who rebuilt it, or what rebuild kit they used, its pretty much a crapshoot. i actually like the idea of someone who doesnt sell a reman at a higher price than the kit + labor simply because its got a name.

most people have good expieriences with Rock Auto, I would give it a try. Iin fact I likely will, since I have a sticky caliper and I like the price.

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Posted 14 October 2012 - 10:55 PM

I saw the same add.

As I have been told the mfg. have to meet some kind of specifications.

Understand your concern. Vendors have close out specials to dump excess items that don't make them $. Old subaru parts are hogging shelf space.

I think it's a chance to save $. So far Rock Auto has been good to deal with... but yes there are cheap items out there...

I was thinking of getting break hoses all the way around.. mine are almost 30 years old...

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Posted 14 October 2012 - 11:04 PM

Im running two Beck-Arnley re-mans from Rockauto right now.

Ive put about 30k on them now, without any problems.

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Posted 14 October 2012 - 11:11 PM

Thanks for the heads up. Lots of old stuff on closeout. Picked up a pair of Beck/Arnley rear calipers for my XT6 (using Nissan 200SX stuff)



I've never been let down by RockAuto or Beck/Arnley. These will be my first BA calipers, but I used all BA stuff when I did the rear brakes on my girlfriend's Kia (drums, cylinders, shoes, hardware).

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Posted 14 October 2012 - 11:41 PM

I am using them in the JUsty (beck/arnley) and have no issues.

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Posted 15 October 2012 - 08:29 AM

Thanks for the heads up and info on this!

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Posted 15 October 2012 - 08:49 AM

i would run Beck Arnely stuff, I generally favor them for suspension/brake stuff if I don't go OEM. Rock Auto should have nothing to do with it - they're just a distributor. Maybe the stuff has some age or whatever but they've got no say in the quality of the parts.

rebuild kits cost a few bucks (i've bought them as cheap as $3 before) and it takes a couple minutes to rebuild one. a shop set up to rebuild them would take about 5 minutes or less to rebuild a caliper...the logistics, boxing, and keeping track would take longer. they could rebuild 10 in an hour.

EJ calipers are insanely easy and quick - there is only one part - the piston. basically just resealing the piston to the caliper bore.
1. remove piston
2. clean up piston and bore
3. reinstall piston with new seals/dust boot/clip

older EA/ER stuff has to be "turned" on since it's threaded front piston due to the front integrated e-brake, but they're still just as easy, just a little more time.

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Posted 15 October 2012 - 06:05 PM

thanks for all the opinions, I ordered up a couple BA calipers, less than $100 plus shipping for both calipers, loaded with hardware, pads and even come with brackets. Damn that's cheap.

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Posted 15 October 2012 - 06:15 PM

that is seriously cheap, loaded with pads, pins, new boots, and clips and brackets too?

core charge?

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Posted 15 October 2012 - 08:53 PM

that is seriously cheap, loaded with pads, pins, new boots, and clips and brackets too?

core charge?


No core charge and was listed as fully loaded. I agree with the poster up above, this old subie stuff moves slow and is taking up room on somebodies shelf. I really like rock auto, it seems that they are a network of warehouses, probably independant of each other. I have ordered a bunch of stuff from them in the past and had one order ship from 4 different locations. the amount of stuff they have for our old cars is amazing.

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Posted 15 October 2012 - 08:58 PM

No core charge and was listed as fully loaded. I agree with the poster up above, this old subie stuff moves slow and is taking up room on somebodies shelf. I really like rock auto, it seems that they are a network of warehouses, probably independant of each other. I have ordered a bunch of stuff from them in the past and had one order ship from 4 different locations. the amount of stuff they have for our old cars is amazing.


You just have to watch the shipping prices, as they are a series of warehouses.

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Posted 15 October 2012 - 09:16 PM

FYI, I didnt get pads with mine. I prefer to buy the pads I want.

Interesting note though, with mine anyways.... is that the new e-brake cam boot on the caliper is stamped "made in USA" :D

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Posted 15 October 2012 - 09:18 PM

core charge?


Closeout......they're not planning on making more :-p

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Posted 15 October 2012 - 09:28 PM

Closeout......they're not planning on making more :-p


WOHOO there are core charges for Justy calipers from some suppliers, go figure.

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Posted 15 October 2012 - 11:25 PM

that's true. I f you look at the more expensive ones on rock auto, there are core charges. So the ones who are blowing them out are discontinuing them. I think there are gen 2 calipers on there for as little as $27.

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Posted 16 October 2012 - 05:49 AM

should check and see what brake pads the same suppliers are discontinuing.

might be that the fully loaded ones will have high quality pads if thats what the distributor has in stock to get rid of.

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Posted 12 November 2012 - 12:18 AM

Hey, I wanted to follow up with this: They came fully loaded indeed, Beck Arnley rebuilt. I think I paid about $47 per piece plus about $30 shipping. So for $130 -


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Posted 12 November 2012 - 12:19 AM

Nice.

Are those painted? Mine came raw, and I made the mistake of installing them without painting them.

WAY easier to paint before them go on.... :D

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Posted 12 November 2012 - 12:26 AM

Not painted.

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Posted 12 November 2012 - 02:15 AM

Are those the thick vented rotor ones or the solid rotor ones?

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Posted 12 November 2012 - 02:41 AM

vented. if you need some for solid rotors i have a good set and there are a couple sets at u pull and pay too.

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Posted 12 November 2012 - 08:18 AM

Don't get Kelsey-Hayes calipers. I got a pair, and one of them doesn't fit. The mounting holes on the caliper bracket are too far appart. Same goes for putting the caliper on the old bracket.
The warehouse said they're all the same measurement as the one that didn't fit, and have no idea how one actually worked on my car :confused:

I'd just avoid that brand.




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