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Old March 6th, 2011, 07:46 PM   #1
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is it ok to spin the caliper bracket 180 degrees so that the driver side caliper is towards the front of the vehicle? and leave the passenger side caliper in the stock location? didnt know if there was an issue of not having them both towards the back of the axle or not.. the reason for wanting to do this is there isnt enough clearance for my staggered shocks to mount to the bottom spring plate in the stock location.. drivers side shock goes to the back of the axle, passenger shock to the front of the axle.. please discuss pro's and cons of this modification,, thanks!
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Old March 6th, 2011, 08:51 PM   #2
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Will be harder to bleed, but i think you might be able to swap them side for side to fix this.
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yes, caliper position on the axle has very little overall effect on braking. some vehicles have the rear calipers on the front side of the rotors, some have them on the rear side...
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I believe the bleed screw will be much lower after you move it, this will make bleeding much more enjoyable. No effect on braking.

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can you mount a passenger side caliper in the drivers bracket?

that way when you rotate the bracket forward the bleed screw will be back on top of the caliper.
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Have you checked the brakets for anything else that'd be an issue if it was rotated? I can't remember, I have a box of 8.8 explorer disc stuff going onto my 9", isn't the bracket integrated into the backing plate?

Anyway, the other option you have, which is a pain but possible, is remove the caliper, and secure it somehow so the bleeder is upright (may need to place a tight fitting block of wood or steel inside the pads, depending on your bleeding method), and bleed it, then remount it, assuming you have enough flex line on there to do this.
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can you mount a passenger side caliper in the drivers bracket?

that way when you rotate the bracket forward the bleed screw will be back on top of the caliper.
this option did come to mind but i may just try to drill and tap the other side of the caliper for a new bleeder.. looks like the only difference in the calipers is the location of the bleeder. seems like it should work.. dont want to buy a new caliper if i dont need to..
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Have you checked the brakets for anything else that'd be an issue if it was rotated? I can't remember, I have a box of 8.8 explorer disc stuff going onto my 9", isn't the bracket integrated into the backing plate?

Anyway, the other option you have, which is a pain but possible, is remove the caliper, and secure it somehow so the bleeder is upright (may need to place a tight fitting block of wood or steel inside the pads, depending on your bleeding method), and bleed it, then remount it, assuming you have enough flex line on there to do this.
the only other thing that looks like it would be an issue is the parking brake.. but i dont plan on using that.. i also thought of using the old rotor with the caliper unmounted to bleed it.. then remount it.. id hate to have to do that everytime i want/ need to bleed them though.. thinking ill tap the other side of the caliper for a bleeder..? not sure if i can though??
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