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Old 01-24-2016, 06:07 PM
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Default Scarebird disk brake install problem

I see you figured out the problem and corrected it. When it comes to installing brake lines, and the booster and MC, John and Dave will be able to help you there also, I am sure. They are masters at doing that kind of work, as are others on here. You have a wealth of experience among your fellow Forum users at your fingertips to help you. Back to the Bronco's-Pats game!

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Old 01-24-2016, 06:54 PM
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I see something I don't like... That big 9/16" bolt head is the same size as the bushing (under the head). It needs a washer to trap and hold the Scarebird bracket, just in case a weld cuts loose on the back side of the bushing. 9/16" is serious steel so tighten it HARD. (Refer to my pictures if this isn't clear.)

I learned something about new rotor hubs. Sometimes the races are not driven all the way home and after a while the wheel will develop slop. To remedy this, I mount the tire on the rotor and turn it by hand as I tighten HARD on the spindle nut. The nut exerts tremendous pressure as the bearings roll the pressure out evenly against the inner and outer races. When the nut moves no more, back it off and set your castle nut in the normal way.

This caliper looks just fine because your piston is collapsed all the way and you probably don't have anti-squeal plates behind the pads. Stopping torque is not on the bolts but it is on the casting that pushes against the large opening in the bracket. The pins simply guide the pads as they float on the rotor, when pressure is not applied.

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Old 01-24-2016, 10:44 PM
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What did you fix? Where was the problem?
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Old 01-25-2016, 12:34 AM
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Thank you for all the responses. I'll take your advice and definitely get a washer on the top bolt. Do the calipers need to be painted?

I didn't actually have to fix anything. The fit in the bracket was just tight and I didn't realize the caliper would move along the mounting bolts. Once I figured all that out I knew it would work the way it was meant to once pressure is applied and the piston is actuated.

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Lots of good information, I'm in the gathering all the parts to do this job.
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