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Caliper - Wheel Clearance?

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by Beast388, Oct 31, 2003.

  1. Beast388

    Beast388 1/2 ton status

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    I just wanted get everyone's input on what is a safe clearance to have between your calipers and wheels. I ground one caliper last night and it appears that I have about 0.030-0.050" of daylight.

    Is that enough?

    Thanks for the help! /forums/images/graemlins/thumb.gif
     
  2. TruckNutzDude

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    That's about all I had. Actually... all I had was about the thickness of a piece of paper /forums/images/graemlins/ignore.gif
     
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    I sprayed some black paint on the caliper/backing plate, mounted the wheel (torqued it down good with 4 lug nuts), folded a piece of 120grit sand paper twice (4 layers), held it in the wheel, and rotated the wheel. The areas that rubbed the sandpaper bad I filed down some more (I did most of my "grinding" with a file).

    It has rubbed a bit in the front...I think most of that was just mud trapped in between the wheel and caliper as well as differences in the wheels. I ground the using just one wheel...maybe you should pick the wheel with the worst clearace issuse and grind for that wheel.
     
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    oughta be enough... keep in mind that someday when u get new rotors/pads etc you may need to grind more since the calipers will stick out more. When i set up my 60, i had new rotors/pads so its not a big deal... but for someone out there with need-to-be-replaced-soon rotors and just-a-lil clearance, it could be a problem.

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  5. Beast388

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    [ QUOTE ]
    keep in mind that someday when u get new rotors/pads etc you may need to grind more since the calipers will stick out more.

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    Yep, rotors and pads are brand spankin' new!! /forums/images/graemlins/thumb.gif
     

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