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PostPosted: Sun Apr 05, 2020 8:17 pm 
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might as well make the best of corona 19.

I wire wheeled these brake parts for my 92 toro
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I then applied two coats of por-15 (sounds like a virus to me :). this stuff is great.
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rattle canned red on the calipers (looks sort of orange) and black on the brackets:
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ups is supposed to deliver rotors and pads tomorrow.


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PostPosted: Mon Apr 06, 2020 6:56 pm 
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They look good!

Let's see them on the car when they're ready.

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PostPosted: Tue Apr 07, 2020 4:35 pm 
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Whatever you did must be contagious! I painted the calipers on my wife’s 2018 Civic this past weekend. Yours look great! Nice to have them off the car so you can spray them. What color is your car? I didn’t want to pull things apart any more than I had to so I opted for the G2 brush-on paint (same stuff I painted the SSEi calipers with).

Factory color wasn’t bad, just not very exciting.
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I didn’t have to do any corrosion removal like you did. Pressure wash and some brake cleaner and we’re ready.
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The brush-on paint flows pretty good and gives a fairly smooth finish.
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Just like the blue calipers on my black car, the red calipers on the blue car give a little extra dimension.
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 07, 2020 9:15 pm 
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Sirius: Nice job! They look great, especially with the open profile of the wheels. If I ever have brake parts that aren't so rusted out, I'll keep your method in mind. Actually, I'm going to use your method to paint the front "brackets" that are built into the hub. There's not much to paint black. You can barely see the brackets above and below the front caliper. Thanks for the idea. Also, this is what the calipers went on. I need to get some 5 spoke wheels to show my handy work:)
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I made good progress today. Here's the obvious before pictures:
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The after:
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 08, 2020 12:03 am 
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I'm working on the big brake upgrade for my 92 Toro. I've got a set of JL9 Cadillac front calipers (dual piston aluminum calipers on 12" rotors) that manage to fit under the original 16" wheels just barely. I'm using the knuckle from the 97 Eldorado, new Eldorado struts, with the Toro springs and sway bar links and spring mounts/strut mounts. Waiting on weather to get back to the powdercoating, and of course finish the van project, before I get it all together and share the writeup. Too much projects, not enough time.

What pads did you end up with?

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PostPosted: Wed Apr 08, 2020 8:04 am 
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Hey Matt: I bought a kit on ebay and I was supposed to receive Bendix ceramic pads but they shipped me semi-metallic (got a price adjustment as I didn't want to wait).

Funny you should post your version of a brake job. Mine pales by comparison. Post pics when you can. Always interested in you re-engineering wizardry.


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Those calipers and rotors look mighty fine. You definitely need some wheels that will show those off!

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PostPosted: Fri Apr 17, 2020 10:27 pm 
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bling bling bling

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