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Brake Caliper Suggestions (1/7)
 12/18/19 11:17pm
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Rutherfordton, NC - USA

1972 Ontario Orange Convertible, 454, 4 Speed with Air

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Looking to replace my 72 original four calipers due to leakage. Any suggestions as to which ones I should buy? Looking for good quality calipers and good deals. Thanking you in advance!

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Re: Brake Caliper Suggestions (2/7)
 12/18/19 11:53pm
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Overland Park, KS - USA

1973 Orange Metallic Coupe (orig owner), L82, 4 spd (WR), PS, (A/C & PW (I installed from wrecked 73)), leather, AM/FM Stereo, ran with '65 FI unit earlier & will again some day.

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Vette Brakes and Products sells st-st lined calipers.  Probably other vendors also.  I suspect there's only one or two actual manufacturers.


1973 L-82 4 spd

Re: Brake Caliper Suggestions (3/7)
 12/19/19 10:45pm
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Duncanville, TX - USA

#1-1974 L-48 4spd Cp Med Red Metallic/Black deluxe int w/AC/tilt/tele./p/w-p/b/ Am-Fm/map light National/Regional/Chapter NCRS "Top Flight" #2-1985 Bright Red/Carmine Cp.L-98/auto Member: NCRS, NCRS Texas, Corvette Legends of Texas

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You can also get the SS sleeved calipers from local auto parts places. I have two on my '74 that came from Autozone...one I installed 20+ years ago.

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Re: Brake Caliper Suggestions (4/7)
 12/20/19 11:33am
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Equinunk, PA - USA

1972 conv, 4-speed, 350, 200hp, numbers match, rally wheels, war bonnett yellow w/white top. good condition, nice driver.

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From experience, Anything remanufactured from ANY auto parts store is Junk! I have a 72' as well, and had Multiple problems with remans. I went with Lone Star out of Texas. They have quality products, and NO problems after replacement of SS inserts. 

Re: Brake Caliper Suggestions (5/7)
 12/20/19 12:45pm
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1974 Stingray and 2004 Six-speed Convertible

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If I'm not mistaken, Vette Brakes closed up shop earlier this year. If you are a DIYer at all, they are not that hard to rebuild. There are several videos on YouTube depicting caliper rebuilds (the Ecklers Garage is a good depiction but I emailed them and they no longer rebuild your calipers but do have units available for purchase). You have to make sure the interior surfaces of the caliper are not rusty and pitted but if they're in good shape you can get a rebuild kit and refurbish them yourself. I do agree with ManchesterShark regarding stainless steel sleeves if you do it yourself or have it done. Then you get the added bonus of keeping the originals on your Vette. Good luck!

Re: Brake Caliper Suggestions (6/7)
 12/27/19 6:22pm
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Phoenix, AZ - USA

1979 Corvette Survivor; L82, M21 close ratio 4spd, AC, Leather, gymkhana suspension.

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Lone Star Caliper out of Texas has a good product and you can specify the correct date code for your car.

Re: Brake Caliper Suggestions (7/7)
 1/10/20 1:09pm
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Howell, MI - USA

1981 Numbers matching, Red w/Silver Leather Interior, Original, 49000 miles. Multiple Trophy winner.

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I had the same problem for years. Changed 4 sets of calipers in just 6 years. Last fall I installed a set of Wilwood by Duntov Motors calipers out of Texas. I replaced EVERYTHING!!! Master cylinder, lines, calipers and pads. I am a very happy Corvette owner now.

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