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Old 06-11-2019, 03:32 PM   #1
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Replacement Brake Calipers

I've been buying OEM/Motorcraft replacement parts for every maintenance part but I found an incredible deal on Power Stop front brake calipers ($80 pair, free shipping, no core charge). I got them and I'm not sure they're up to snuff. Motorcraft remanufactured pair are $180 +$100 core. Curious what others have done. I'm not even sure I need to replace my calipers. I don't have any rust, 116k miles.
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Old 06-11-2019, 04:02 PM   #2
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I've been using and will continue to use OEM parts----having seen that Power Stop brand I notice they tend to be sold by the discount parts houses, most like "popular" because they're cheap and not necessarily good.

Sadly I've seen a few on FTE who swear by that brand but having seen the nature and relative lack of any real mechanical knowledge or experience of those making such claims I'm highly prone to greatly discount those accounts.

I'm running a full set of OEM front calipers and rotors for well over 100K miles and they've held up well without a single operational issue. I've rarely seen any of those cheaper brands come close to that longevity.

Cheap is cheap because they're cheap---there's no other reason. No one is out to help us with superior quality parts at a greatly reduced cost readily available. Anyone selling them does so because the make a profit if they sell us something---if parts wear out sooner that's okay with "them"---they believe we'll be back to buy more of the same.
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Calipers?

You may well need new caliper pins and seals, but you almost certainly don't need new calipers.
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What year van? This matters, because the best upgrade for a 2007 or older van, is to upgrade to the 2008+ stock brakes.
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I've only had good luck with Ford calipers and rotors, others not so much.
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I'm not even sure I need to replace my calipers. I don't have any rust, 116k miles.
Rust on the outside of the calipers doesn't really hurt much, its the condition of the pistons, slider pins and seals that count. If your current' calipers aren't leaking, or have rust in the slider pin bores your probably fine, but there is also a chance that when you retract the pistons to install new pads, you will disturb dirt or grit that can get into the seal and cause leaking, (that is unless you rebuild them). It's rare for that to happen, but I've seen it.
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What year van? This matters, because the best upgrade for a 2007 or older van, is to upgrade to the 2008+ stock brakes.
It's a 98. What do I need to do the new brakes? There's other advantages to picking up a complete 2008+ front suspension too?
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What year van? This matters, because the best upgrade for a 2007 or older van, is to upgrade to the 2008+ stock brakes.
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It's a 98. What do I need to do the new brakes? There's other advantages to picking up a complete 2008+ front suspension too?
I did this upgrade to my own 2003 E250 EB a few years ago:

http://www.sportsmobileforum.com/for...tos-11255.html

Any questions please ask---glad to share anything I can.
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Did the full front upgrade to my 98 E250 six years ago. Very happy I did!
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