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Old 03-19-2015, 04:53 PM
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Replacing calipers

So replacing a sticky brake caliper and I Know TJ's have the plastic piston in the calipers but a guy at Carquest told me they offer a caliper with a steel piston, now my question is should I stick to OEM style or is steel a better upgrade? Not sure if it's a silly question or not but I'm not sure that's why I'm asking lol

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I don't remember seeing any plastic on the stock calipers I removed when I replaced mine. Nor was there any on the replacement calipers.

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Old 03-19-2015, 05:36 PM   #3
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You have phenolic pistons in the calipers if they are stock. Nothing wrong with it but they can crack. Both my rears had cracks. Fronts were fine. Some research at the time did not reveal any benefit going to steel and by some definition it was a downgrade. My 95 and 97 Dodge Viper had Phenolic pistons in the calipers. Probably many cars do now and have been for some time.

I think the problem you might run into switching to steel is the matching up the hardware that holds the brake pads in.

Easy/cheap way is go to Napa. They need a core. Better way is to go thru Blaine. This guy knows plenty about Jeep brakes. Don't doubt a word he says.
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Thanks guys I was just wanted to make sure I didn't want to do something I wasn't 100% sure if I appreciate it.
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You have phenolic pistons in the calipers if they are stock. Nothing wrong with it but they can crack. Both my rears had cracks. Fronts were fine. Some research at the time did not reveal any benefit going to steel and by some definition it was a downgrade. My 95 and 97 Dodge Viper had Phenolic pistons in the calipers. Probably many cars do now and have been for some time.

I think the problem you might run into switching to steel is the matching up the hardware that holds the brake pads in.

Easy/cheap way is go to Napa. They need a core. Better way is to go thru Blaine. This guy knows plenty about Jeep brakes. Don't doubt a word he says.
what is Blaine's name on here? I only saw a newb in the search, I have a brake question for him
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Old 03-19-2015, 06:49 PM   #6
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Do a google search for "Black Majic Brakes". That will get you to him.
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Old 03-21-2015, 06:09 PM
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So replaced both my front calipers, pads, rotors and brake hoses. It stops better than ever now!!

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