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Old 07-28-2020, 04:04 PM   #1
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Default 200$ Unbranded 08-17 STi rear calipers on ebay, anyone have any experience with them?

Hey so title pretty much says it all.. I'm currently looking for a set of 08-17 STi rear sti calipers, and in all my searching for a decent price on them, i came across these on ebay.

Anyone ever run these or have any experience with them? Car will be on the track a good amount so don't want to buy some trash, but also finding it really hard to spend 700$ on used 1 piston calipers.

https://www.ebay.com/itm/2Pcs-Rear-L...e6a4%7Ciid%3A1

https://www.ebay.com/itm/Brake-Calip....c100005.m1851
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Old 07-29-2020, 10:17 AM   #2
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I find it very hard to believe that you are going to get anything quality from them.

One thing to see from your links is that you are showing two different e-Bay store fronts selling the exact same thing, using the exact same pictures.

A review search shows the company selling sub-par parts.
Best guess is that these are cheap-o made parts out of China or cheap rebuilds claiming to be new.
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Old 07-29-2020, 10:38 AM   #3
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I find it very hard to believe that you are going to get anything quality from them.

One thing to see from your links is that you are showing two different e-Bay store fronts selling the exact same thing, using the exact same pictures.

A review search shows the company selling sub-par parts.
Best guess is that these are cheap-o made parts out of China or cheap rebuilds claiming to be new.
Nailed it, on all counts.

OP, I would avoid like the plague.
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Old 07-29-2020, 11:14 AM   #4
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There is a tread on here of someone buying powerstop remans that are powdercoated red and liking them, but with any reman YMMV. I think they were like $170/ea. might be worth a look if you want to go cheaper then the oem ones being sold on here.
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Old 07-29-2020, 02:11 PM   #5
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There is a tread on here of someone buying powerstop remans that are powdercoated red and liking them, but with any reman YMMV. I think they were like $170/ea. might be worth a look if you want to go cheaper then the oem ones being sold on here.
Thanks yeah i would actually buy those if i could, they are currently out of stock EVERYWHERE.

And for sure, these are most likely china junk, but was hoping someone here might have bought them/know someone who did. Find it hard to believe that these people made a casting and started producing low quantities of them and selling them exclusively on ebay. Was hoping they might just be remans that were listed incorrectly as new.
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Old 07-29-2020, 09:15 PM   #6
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I've also been looking at upgrading my brakes and saw these on eBay. They do look too good to be true but for the sake of science I bought a full set for my 2012 WRX to see if they're any good. They cost a whopping $480 for all 4. Best case scenario I get a functional Brembo setup for around $800 (calipers, rotors, and pads) Worst case scenario they don't work and I try to get a refund or they blow up and send me into a tree . Anyways I will update once tests are performed
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Old 07-29-2020, 09:19 PM   #7
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Thanks yeah i would actually buy those if i could, they are currently out of stock EVERYWHERE.

And for sure, these are most likely china junk, but was hoping someone here might have bought them/know someone who did. Find it hard to believe that these people made a casting and started producing low quantities of them and selling them exclusively on ebay. Was hoping they might just be remans that were listed incorrectly as new.

I considered buying a set and checking them out myself, because the price is ridiculously low, but didn't want to deal with the hassle of way heavier rotors and having to buy another set of wheels to clear. You could always buy a pair and check them for yourself, surely they will allow you to return them if you don't install them.
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Old 07-30-2020, 09:38 AM   #8
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. . . surely they will allow you to return them if you don't install them.
Never take that as a given. Before purchasing, make sure that is possible.
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Old 07-31-2020, 11:09 PM   #9
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Never take that as a given. Before purchasing, make sure that is possible.
if you buy from Ebay and you are not satified, you can alwasy return even if the say you cant. just have ebay intervene. But it will be a process that will take a month or 2.. SOmetimes its better to buy off ebay than it is here
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Old 07-31-2020, 11:25 PM   #10
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Never take that as a given. Before purchasing, make sure that is possible.
It literally states that in the auctions for both sellers, their return policy in addition to ebay's policy means it's almost a given you can return it without being penalized. Many sellers have so little in the product that it doesn't hurt them to accept a small percentage of returns.

Not even attempting to see if they are worth the money or more is a little close minded. I'm sure my wheels won't clear but still almost grabbed a set to check.

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if you buy from Ebay and you are not satified, you can alwasy return even if the say you cant. just have ebay intervene. But it will be a process that will take a month or 2.. SOmetimes its better to buy off ebay than it is here
True. I've had several situations over my thousands of transactions that required ebay to intervene, and it only took a matter of days. I do feel bad for sellers that may get messed over by scam artists, but ebay is typically good about looking out for buyers. I've been messed over a couple of times here and no one had my back.

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Old 08-01-2020, 01:51 AM   #11
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It literally states that in the auctions for both sellers, their return policy in addition to ebay's policy means it's almost a given you can return it without being penalized. Many sellers have so little in the product that it doesn't hurt them to accept a small percentage of returns.

Not even attempting to see if they are worth the money or more is a little close minded. I'm sure my wheels won't clear but still almost grabbed a set to check.



True. I've had several situations over my thousands of transactions that required ebay to intervene, and it only took a matter of days. I do feel bad for sellers that may get messed over by scam artists, but ebay is typically good about looking out for buyers. I've been messed over a couple of times here and no one had my back.
yeah i ahve too, I bought a tial wastegate and it turned out to be a fake, they seller didnt want to take it back but I got ebay involved and they forced them to take it back. I have also bought stuff here and gotten screwed over but there is nothing you can really do here.. sometimes ebay is safer
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Old 08-02-2020, 11:39 AM   #12
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It literally states that in the auctions for both sellers, their return policy in addition to ebay's policy means it's almost a given you can return it without being penalized. Many sellers have so little in the product that it doesn't hurt them to accept a small percentage of returns.

Not even attempting to see if they are worth the money or more is a little close minded. I'm sure my wheels won't clear but still almost grabbed a set to check.
While this may be true, all I said was check to be sure.
Personally, I would not trust some cheap replacement look-alike product, but that's me. There is obviously a reason they are listed as cheap as they are.

To each their own.

Brakes can literally save your life . . . or not.
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Old 08-03-2020, 11:09 PM   #13
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These are not genuine Brembo calipers. I sent the same message to both eBay sellers in the original post. These looked promising, but I'm going to pass on them myself.

Here is what I sent:
"Your calipers are less expensive than other options in the market. Of course that leads to concerns about quality. Do you mind sharing if these are imitations or genuine Brembos that are refurbished? If they are refurbished, what brand of seals were used to rebuild them? Are each set pressure tested?"

autoparts_premium responded with:
"We sell aftermarket products which are of high quality.The calipers are not refurbished and they are not Brembo style."

a-premium-us responded with:
"Thank you for your interest in our items. Please kindly notice that our product is aftermarket one, not original one, but from the top manufacturers in China. We have sold a lot of these items, and the customers are satisfied with it. It has 1 year warranty. If you need it, we will be glad to receive your order."

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Old 08-05-2020, 08:24 PM   #14
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Well, my full set of calipers came in. Still waiting on rotors and pads to install these bad boys.








Maybe someone can chime in and comment on how these look? I've never had Brembos up close.
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