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Old 06-15-2019, 10:15 PM
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Where is the best place to get brake calipers with o rings
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Assuming you already have stainless sleeves in good condition (which is a bit of an assumption), rebuild them yourself with a kit from CSSB Inc.! For off-the-shelf calipers, I've had luck with Lonestar Caliper rebuilds, via the biggest Corvette vendor in my state. CSSB also sells complete rebuilt calipers, though I haven't tried them myself, just the kits. It is likely worth specifying "Delco Moraine" castings, whatever route you follow.

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Just did the rears and used Willcox-happy with the product and service.
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Lonestar is the best U.S. reman available.
Many others (like Cardone and BBB) are now having their calipers rebuilt in Mexico to save $$$ and having a very high failure rate.
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I found Lonestar is in Canton,TX, but they told me they only sell wholesale. Who resells their parts?
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I found Lonestar is in Canton,TX, but they told me they only sell wholesale. Who resells their parts?
Probably most of the vendors. Zip (the largest Corvette retailer in Virginia) certainly does. Call any of them and ask/confirm. They may sell from other retailers, too, so if you want something specific, you may have to call or email.

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Why not check out auto zone or o'riellys? Next day and a lifetime warranty
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I bought autozone and they leak because they are lip seal I want to change to o rings seal. Talked to Mike at lonestar today and he doesn't have any with o rings right now because of trumps tariffs he is having a hard time getting parts I guess. Said it would be about 2 weeks so I guess I'ii wait. I wonder if he will pass the cost of tariff on to the buyer.
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Autozone sells BBB calipers. Rebuilt in Mexico. High failure rate.
I've been through 6 complete sets on 2 cars through Autozone.
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Have had very good results from NAPA calipers
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I have had very good luck with NAPA in the past as well. They use Cardone. But Cardone recently moved the reman center from Philadelphia to Mexico.
Now I've returned 3 sets to NAPA in the last 8 months for premature failures.
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Originally Posted by Greg View Post
Lonestar is the best U.S. reman available.
Many others (like Cardone and BBB) are now having their calipers rebuilt in Mexico to save $$$ and having a very high failure rate.
Here is my pile of Lonestar O-ring failures.

Total 9 failed calipers. Now replaced with wilwood's. All failed with piston leaks. Failure with-in the 1-3 year time period.


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I have had bad luck with autozone calipers especially the drivers front side...went thru about 4 calipers and got a refund and bought a lone star caliper from a local corvette shop..I learned my lesson...
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I have seen lone star calipers for sale on eBay ..a pair for around 200$...
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[QUOTE=cagotzmann;1599613917]Here is my pile of Lonestar O-ring failures.

Total 9 failed calipers. Now replaced with wilwood's. All failed with piston leaks. Failure with-in the 1-3 year time period.

Well I have to say I'm very surprised to hear this. I realize no reman center is infallible but have you spoken to Mike at Lonestar about these failures and determined a reason? He is the owner and a very approachable guy.
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Financially it's hard to beat the value of the Wilwood parts. Unless you're sold on the purist look of the iron parts I suppose.


All four calipers, pads and ss hoses. To the door. For a bit over a $grand. HERE

Do it once and forget about it.
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[QUOTE=Greg;1599614219]
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Here is my pile of Lonestar O-ring failures.

Total 9 failed calipers. Now replaced with wilwood's. All failed with piston leaks. Failure with-in the 1-3 year time period.

Well I have to say I'm very surprised to hear this. I realize no reman center is infallible but have you spoken to Mike at Lonestar about these failures and determined a reason? He is the owner and a very approachable guy.
Well the problem with all the corvette vendor parts is the poor quality seals. What I mean by poor quality is that they don't hold up to heat. eg all the caliper failures of mine are due to heat. Also all the power steering parts suffer from the same problem heat heat and more heat. And its from doing this.

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[QUOTE=cagotzmann;1599620165] And its from doing this./QUOTE]

Fair enough!
You clearly demand much more from your car than I do.
Under those rigorous circumstances Wilwood and Flaming River are probably excellent choices.
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As mentioned earlier, if the calipers have already been sleeved in stainless steel, purchase an O-ring kit for about $150. It will include new pistons, O-rings, dust seals etc. The rebuild is easy with a few hand tools. The secret is to thoroughly clean each caliper half with denatured alcohol and pipe cleaners. Assemble using clean brake fluid. You will have better quality control than a rebuilder in Mexico. Jerry
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