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Old 05-27-2015, 03:01 PM   #1
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Default powerstop brake caliper?

i see posts about powerstop rotors and pads but nothing really on the calipers. Has anybody used these? Wondering what your thoughts of these are. i am trying to find a used oem set so i can powder coat but came across these oem replacements which are already smoothed and powder coated.

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Old 05-27-2015, 03:52 PM   #2
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LOL. So basically powdercoated reman calipers.

You know you can get the same effect with painting your existing calipers for under $15 in paint and supplies.
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Old 05-27-2015, 03:57 PM   #3
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i just wanted to make sure they were OEM remanufactured vs aftermarket but not even sure if those have any performance differences. I understand i can do achieve the same thing but only reason i want to get a used set or these powder coated ones are because i dont have the time to take off my old ones to send off to powder coat. My current ones look real crappy and i prefer powder coat over paint.
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Old 05-27-2015, 03:58 PM   #4
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Are you going for looks or performance?

Performance wise there are PLENTY of better places to mod than your calipers.
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Old 05-27-2015, 04:00 PM   #5
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i have ready to install stainless lines, new rotors, stoptech street pads and grimmspeed master brace cylinder which is for the performance. The powdercoating is to complete the look.
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Old 05-27-2015, 09:11 PM   #6
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Seriously, just pick up some engine block paint in red. You can paint your calipers after a proper prep, while still on the car
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Old 05-28-2015, 07:35 AM   #7
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Default powerstop brake caliper?

Imo if you have the means, spend the little extra hundred or two and get the 07 wrx swap caliper. You get a double whammy then. Performance increase and they are red from the factory. Just a thought.

Most people on here are going to advise against buying a completely new caliper just for looks. Especially a cheaper (read: less expensive) brand. But to each their own!

Edit: sounds like you have an awesome setup already too. The 07 swap would not hurt at all! Lots of posts on it here.
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Old 05-28-2015, 01:26 PM   #8
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LOL. So basically powdercoated reman calipers.
Yes, powder coated reman calipers. Why would one "LOL" about that? If he wants to refurb his brake system, and he wants red calipers, it seems like a no-brainer to get the Powerstop ones. The powder coated reman calipers basically cost the same as non-powder coated reman calipers, so why not?

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You know you can get the same effect with painting your existing calipers for under $15 in paint and supplies.
The same effect as professionally powder coated calipers? Not likely.

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Seriously, just pick up some engine block paint in red. You can paint your calipers after a proper prep, while still on the car
They would still be 7+ year old calipers. And then he can paint them again when they look like ass within a year, if they even last that long. Been there, done that with high temp engine paint on calipers. IMO the only durable, DIY painted finish is G2 caliper paint, which costs $35-40 (and you might need 2 kits to do both sets of calipers) and takes time to apply.
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Old 05-28-2015, 01:38 PM   #9
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Thank you Patrick my thoughts exactly. I spoke to Powerstop as well and they confirmed that they were OEM remanufactured calipers.
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Old 05-30-2015, 03:18 PM   #10
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Not to hijack your post, but I literally just received this set of powerstop front calipers (S2682A) from Amazon to replace my front calipers due to a stuck piston in my right front. The problem I am having is that they look nothing like the stock front calipers in my 2006 WRX and they are 2 piston (not 4 like stock).

Every place I have looked says that these fit my 2006 WRX, but I am really confused by this. The 2 pistons are larger, but there aren't 4 and the 2 aren't the same. JCWhitney says they are custom fit on their website??? Custom fit??? They look solid, but exactly like the picture in your link, I thought it was a stock photo and I am really confused...If anyone can chime in with anything about this, I appreciate it. Are they a newer model caliper? Are they older? Will they still work okay? I tried calling Powerstop but they are closed today.

P.S. If these do work fine, will I still be able to use the same pads that I would normally order for my 4 piston front calipers or will those pads no longer fit the 2 piston caliper? I only ask because I already have new pads and front rotors on the way.

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Old 05-30-2015, 04:13 PM   #11
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return them man. You don't want to give up your original setup for this. The fronts will bolt right up but just so you know. Ppl pay extra to go from the powerstops to your 4pots. In actually saving up to get them lol. Forget these powerstops
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Old 05-30-2015, 04:42 PM   #12
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return them man. You don't want to give up your original setup for this. The fronts will bolt right up but just so you know. Ppl pay extra to go from the powerstops to your 4pots. In actually saving up to get them lol. Forget these powerstops
Yeah, that's what I'll do then...looks like i'll be getting a rebuild kit for the right caliper instead.

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Old 05-30-2015, 06:01 PM   #13
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Yes, powder coated reman calipers. Why would one "LOL" about that? If he wants to refurb his brake system, and he wants red calipers, it seems like a no-brainer to get the Powerstop ones. The powder coated reman calipers basically cost the same as non-powder coated reman calipers, so why not?





The same effect as professionally powder coated calipers? Not likely.





They would still be 7+ year old calipers. And then he can paint them again when they look like ass within a year, if they even last that long. Been there, done that with high temp engine paint on calipers. IMO the only durable, DIY painted finish is G2 caliper paint, which costs $35-40 (and you might need 2 kits to do both sets of calipers) and takes time to apply.

Granted i was in a sunny state before, but properly prepped, spray painted calipers lasted 4+ yrs, till they started to look bad. And that mainly due to using the wrong wheel cleaner that ruined the paint. The G2 paint on my current calipers only needed one kit, and a clear coat. You're mis-informed. There is plenty in a single kit to do an entire car.

You're about as bad in temperament as uncle s. Ive invited folks out for beers in the cities i go to, and each month im in alaska... Nope, not interested. Lack of vitamin d?
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Old 05-31-2015, 11:17 PM   #14
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Not to hijack your post, but I literally just received this set of powerstop front calipers (S2682A) from Amazon to replace my front calipers due to a stuck piston in my right front. The problem I am having is that they look nothing like the stock front calipers in my 2006 WRX and they are 2 piston (not 4 like stock).

Every place I have looked says that these fit my 2006 WRX, but I am really confused by this.
Did you try Power Stop's own website? They don't list the S2682A calipers for the 2006 WRX. As Hitdatsit said, return them - they will bolt up to your car, but they are not the correct calipers, and your new pads will not work with them.

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Granted i was in a sunny state before, but properly prepped, spray painted calipers lasted 4+ yrs, till they started to look bad. And that mainly due to using the wrong wheel cleaner that ruined the paint.
So, it's possible that your paint would also have lasted less than a year had you chosen the wrong wheel cleaner sooner, right? It's certainly possible that the high temp engine paint I used on my calipers looked ugly within a year because I used the "wrong" wheel cleaner more quickly than you did. Obviously there's nothing on the can of wheel cleaner that says "Safe for use on VHT and other engine block paints!", so it's a crap shoot. Hence my comment that the only durable caliper paint in my experience is the G2 stuff.

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The G2 paint on my current calipers only needed one kit, and a clear coat. You're mis-informed. There is plenty in a single kit to do an entire car.
That's great. I specifically did not say "you will need 2 kits" because I wasn't sure. Instead I said "you might need 2 kits" because it's been probably 5 or 6 years since I did mine, maybe even longer than that, and I'm not even sure if I did the fronts and rears at the same time. Oh, and you're misinformed - there is no hyphen in misinformed, and you don't need a clear coat on the G2 caliper paint. [See, that's me calling you misinformed for saying something that you didn't actually say.]

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You're about as bad in temperament as uncle s.
The OP didn't seem to be offended by my response. Am I bad in temperament because my personal experience with high temp engine paint on calipers didn't match yours? Or am I bad in temperament because I didn't immediately belittle the OP's decision, as you did in your first reply?

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I[']ve invited folks out for beers in the cities [I ]go to, and each month [I']m in [A]laska... Nope, not interested. Lack of vitamin [D?]
You're not interested in being in Alaska each month? Or you're not interested in a lack of vitamin D? I'm confused.

I went to Alaska once in 2004. It was nice.
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Not to hijack your post, but I literally just received this set of powerstop front calipers (S2682A) from Amazon to replace my front calipers due to a stuck piston in my right front. The problem I am having is that they look nothing like the stock front calipers in my 2006 WRX and they are 2 piston (not 4 like stock).

Every place I have looked says that these fit my 2006 WRX, but I am really confused by this. The 2 pistons are larger, but there aren't 4 and the 2 aren't the same. JCWhitney says they are custom fit on their website??? Custom fit??? They look solid, but exactly like the picture in your link, I thought it was a stock photo and I am really confused...If anyone can chime in with anything about this, I appreciate it. Are they a newer model caliper? Are they older? Will they still work okay? I tried calling Powerstop but they are closed today.

P.S. If these do work fine, will I still be able to use the same pads that I would normally order for my 4 piston front calipers or will those pads no longer fit the 2 piston caliper? I only ask because I already have new pads and front rotors on the way.

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They sent you the wrong calipers.
Do not try and use them. Return them!!!!!!!

Get your money back and buy a rebuild kit.
They are easy enough to rebuild. There is a very good how to thread on it in here (search and you will find).

And no your pads won't work on the calipers they sent.
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Not to hijack your post, but I literally just received this set of powerstop front calipers (S2682A) from Amazon to replace my front calipers due to a stuck piston in my right front. The problem I am having is that they look nothing like the stock front calipers in my 2006 WRX and they are 2 piston (not 4 like stock).

Every place I have looked says that these fit my 2006 WRX, but I am really confused by this. The 2 pistons are larger, but there aren't 4 and the 2 aren't the same. JCWhitney says they are custom fit on their website??? Custom fit??? They look solid, but exactly like the picture in your link, I thought it was a stock photo and I am really confused...If anyone can chime in with anything about this, I appreciate it. Are they a newer model caliper? Are they older? Will they still work okay? I tried calling Powerstop but they are closed today.

P.S. If these do work fine, will I still be able to use the same pads that I would normally order for my 4 piston front calipers or will those pads no longer fit the 2 piston caliper? I only ask because I already have new pads and front rotors on the way.

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Here is that thread on rebuilding the 4 pots I was writing about.

http://forums.nasioc.com/forums/showthread.php?t=881881
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Old 06-02-2015, 08:17 AM   #17
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Here is that thread on rebuilding the 4 pots I was writing about.

http://forums.nasioc.com/forums/showthread.php?t=881881

Thanks for this...I already contacted Amazon and they should be picking up the incorrectly advertised calipers today...

On another note, I have looked over the Caliper rebuild thread before. I'm still deciding if I want to rebuild or just buy a Centric Reman for the front right? My problem is that I replaced both front calipers about 13-14 months ago with A1 Cardone remans and I am already having this problem with the front right having a sticking piston (or 2?) I put new slide pins and greased them about a week ago hoping it was that and hasn't been it so far. I'm driving slowly and using the brakes sparingly in hopes that maybe it might have been something to do with messed up slides and it needs time to work itself out a bit? I have noticed a lot less shaking in the wheel and I am checking the front right rotor/wheel for excessive heat every time I get home. I was thinking about possibly taking the wheel and caliper off this weekend to see if I can find the culprit and maybe work it in and out and apply some silicone grease to the lip of the boot as maybe it has dried and is helping it stick a bit. IDK....I hope. lol

I still have my stock calipers, as I never sent them back for the core charge so potentially if I rebuild any I might rebuild those, but I think the are in desperate need of sandblasting as they have sticking pistons and have been sitting on the shelf for over a year. Lots of crud/rust near the pistons.
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Thanks for this...I already contacted Amazon and they should be picking up the incorrectly advertised calipers today...

On another note, I have looked over the Caliper rebuild thread before. I'm still deciding if I want to rebuild or just buy a Centric Reman for the front right? My problem is that I replaced both front calipers about 13-14 months ago with A1 Cardone remans and I am already having this problem with the front right having a sticking piston (or 2?) I put new slide pins and greased them about a week ago hoping it was that and hasn't been it so far. I'm driving slowly and using the brakes sparingly in hopes that maybe it might have been something to do with messed up slides and it needs time to work itself out a bit? I have noticed a lot less shaking in the wheel and I am checking the front right rotor/wheel for excessive heat every time I get home. I was thinking about possibly taking the wheel and caliper off this weekend to see if I can find the culprit and maybe work it in and out and apply some silicone grease to the lip of the boot as maybe it has dried and is helping it stick a bit. IDK....I hope. lol

I still have my stock calipers, as I never sent them back for the core charge so potentially if I rebuild any I might rebuild those, but I think the are in desperate need of sandblasting as they have sticking pistons and have been sitting on the shelf for over a year. Lots of crud/rust near the pistons.
We had a set of 2006 4 pots here that came from OH on a trade for Brembo's.

We rebuilt/replaced pistons/honed etc. We could never get them to work right again.

I thought maybe the high salt use there and similarly in your area might just be too much to repair?

Sorry to hear Amazon had the incorrect listing though.
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Old 06-03-2015, 07:43 AM   #19
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We had a set of 2006 4 pots here that came from OH on a trade for Brembo's.

We rebuilt/replaced pistons/honed etc. We could never get them to work right again.

I thought maybe the high salt use there and similarly in your area might just be too much to repair?

Sorry to hear Amazon had the incorrect listing though.
I appreciate the response and the story about the set of calipers from Ohio. I can see what you mean by the salt used on the roads in the Northeast. I have to say though....My car is a 2006 and it had 20,000 on it when I bought it in late 2007. I only have 74,000 miles on it now. My commute to work is 15 miles round trip. I really don't drive it very much. Yes it is driven on salted roads in the winter, but not very often. I can understand why my original front calipers went. 8 years of being driven on salted roads, but the re-manufactured right caliper?? It's only been on for around 14 months and had maybe 6,000 miles put on it in that time. I just think it was shoddy(er) workmanship on the reman for it to go so soon after installing it. I'm leaning towards getting a centric reman just have to find the right place and the disgusting amount you pay for core charge. lol I've looked at RockAuto, Autopartswarehouse, Amazon, Tirerack, etc. RockAuto has the best price (after you return your core to them lol) Tirerack has no core charge but double the price...I need to get it done thats all I know. Bums me out that it only lasted this long, but I guess $#!+ happens. Thanks again.
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