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Old 11-24-2022, 08:49 PM   #1
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I need a new front caliper for my 740, it's a large single-piston caliper. Rockauto has lots of options so I was wondering if anyone has any advice for which brand to buy, and refurbished or new is better bang for buck. Thanks.
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Old 11-25-2022, 01:39 AM   #2
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What year is your car, and do you have ABS?

As far as I'm aware, new calipers are not available (at least for any reasonable price). All of the ones available are remanufactured.
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Old 11-25-2022, 03:41 AM   #3
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1990 with Abs. Had the large single piston caliper, believe referred to as the jumbo style.
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Old 11-25-2022, 10:44 AM   #4
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Pretty much everything these days is a remanufactured part. I recently did the rears on my 240. Went to the local oreillys. I ended up with what seemed to be calipers from two different rebuilders or two different tiers of reman. Both looked to be about the same. Same bleed screw, pistons, seals, etc. The big difference is one had a really nice thick coat of paint and the other had a thin silvery coating that'll probably rust in two seconds. I am assuming Shoreline, WA is near the ocean, so I'd go for whichever calipers have a nice coating so they don't flash rust in two seconds.
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Old 11-25-2022, 10:52 AM   #5
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I just got a pair from a non-salt state and a pair of Volvo rebuild kits.
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Old 11-25-2022, 11:13 AM   #6
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I just got a pair from a non-salt state and a pair of Volvo rebuild kits.
This is probably a good way to go. California calipers are generally in good shape. I only replaced my rear ones because the bores were thoroughly screwed up.
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Old 11-25-2022, 04:20 PM   #7
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I bought two Raybestos reman rear calipers for my 740. When they arrived the left and right were different colors gold/silver and one had additional hardware and the other didn't. They both work fine on my Lemons car, but I was just surprised how different they look. Seems like same experience as spock345.
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Old 11-25-2022, 04:41 PM   #8
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Centric brand has served me reliably and well for years. They’ve been my go-to for rebuilt master cylinders and calipers. They are the parent company to Stop-Tech (which may not actually indicate quality in the Centric brand) and their rebuilds seem to be a higher quality than the cheaper and more common A1 Cardone and the like.
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Can always go the extra mile and get some hi-temp caliper paint, mask the boots/pisons/etc and then spray them yourself for extra rustproofing.
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Old 11-26-2022, 12:11 AM   #10
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Can always go the extra mile and get some hi-temp caliper paint, mask the boots/pisons/etc and then spray them yourself for extra rustproofing.
Definitely do this if you live near the ocean or in a place that uses road salt. You won't get the same sort of terminal rot from ocean air that you would from road salt, but it can cause things to flash rust in no time.
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