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I just got a pair of front calipers and brackets that will fit the bigger rotors and pads in the front for the sport package. For some weird reason the remanufactured caliper and caliper bracket don't seem to work. They fit well together but the guide pins on the calipers have 3 flat sides and the caliper bracket is just round. Nothing seems to be holding them actually together. Is this how their supposed to be or am I just doing it wrong? Or are my parts wrong? Any help is appreciated. Thanks.
 

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Generally its the rotor that keeps the caliper in place. The guide pins give the caliper support and a means to move back and forth. Post some pics of what you are concerned about.
 

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Generally its the rotor that keeps the caliper in place. The guide pins give the caliper support and a means to move back and forth. Post some pics of what you are concerned about.
If that's the case then that makes sense. I am away from my car right now as it is up in the air. I'm doing a full front end rebuild and some rear end stuff too. I just noticed the caliper brakcets seems to slide along the guide pins, I thought they would hold it in place. But if they are meant to slide then no worries.
 

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If that's the case then that makes sense. I am away from my car right now as it is up in the air. I'm doing a full front end rebuild and some rear end stuff too. I just noticed the caliper brakcets seems to slide along the guide pins, I thought they would hold it in place. But if they are meant to slide then no worries.
Think it through in total. The rotor sits on the hub. Then you bolt the caliper bracket to the spindle. Then the caliper goes over the rotor and the pins are greased and in the caliper bracket. When its all together assuming everything is torqued correctly then nothing will come apart.
 

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Think it through in total. The rotor sits on the hub. Then you bolt the caliper bracket to the spindle. Then the caliper goes over the rotor and the pins are greased and in the caliper bracket. When its all together assuming everything is torqued correctly then nothing will come apart.
Yea. When the rotor is in place it's nearly impossible for it to come apart so I guess I'm not worried. I'd only be worried about my brakes dragging.
 
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