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Old 06-14-2003, 07:11 PM
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Left or Right caliper, is there a difference?

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I was wondering if someone could answer this for me. I have two rear left calipers, and only one rear right caliper. I was wondering if it would make any difference if I put the extra left caliper on the right side.

From what I can see, the only difference would be the bleerder screw, and I guess this makes a difference since it would be sort of difficult to get all the air out when the screw is on the bottom, but is that the only reason or is there something more to it then that?


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Old 06-14-2003, 09:09 PM
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Several folks on the board have swapped front sides (by mistake) and run into mushy brakes, due to the inability to bleed them completely just as you surmised. I guess you could bleed the hose, disconnect it, pressure fluid in reverse thru the bleeder screw, and then reconnect everything really fast.
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Old 06-16-2003, 10:20 AM
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I would say the easiest way to bleed would be to suspend the caliper with the bleed screw at the bottom, and fit a sized piece of hardwood between the pistons while pumping.

This is not to imply the swap would work properly. Other vehicles I have done have generally used floating calipers with quite different hardware top and bottom. Brakes are used primarily for forward motion braking, and as such the elements of design are assymetrical.

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