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New rear brake caliper advice.

limb0limb0 Posts: 51
edited April 2008 in MTB workshop & tech
Basically when replacing my brake pads I (somehow) managed to snap off half the screw that keep the brake pads in place inside the caliper. I've tried drilling it out and even as a very last resort hammering it out but it won't budge. The rear brake caliper that i've got is the one that came with my XTC SX, (giant mph or something) but obviously i'm going to need to replace it.

First question, can I buy a new rear caliper and still use my exisitng rotor, brake levers and brake cables etc with a new caliper?

Second question is if so.. does anyone have any recommendations for a new rear caliper (the discs brake are hydrolic) that won't push the budget through the roof. Ideally something of the same quality as what i've already got or maybe something slightly better.

Any advice/suggerstions would be very helpful indeed.
Thanks, Roy.
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  • ShadowduckShadowduck Posts: 845
    One of my best ever investments was a set of left handed drills. Fabulous things for snapped off screws, half the time the drill winds the screw out on it's own and there's no need for screw extractors. I gather you've already drilled the screw - have you tried gently heating the body of the caliper (a cloth and boiling water will do) before trying the screw extractor?

    Can't help you on which caliper to buy, sorry.
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  • crusty jimcrusty jim Posts: 173
    would be seriously tempted with these if I were you.. great price ! ... elID=24582

    seem to remember Merlin had some really good prices on Hydraulic Discs setups recently too !

    personally I love my Hope M4's.. but I have stuck with Hope for years, and they suit me really well !
  • BlackSpurBlackSpur Posts: 4,228
    Would be a bit odd to have DC shifters on the left and regualr on the right though. Unless you already have DC shifters?
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  • nicklousenicklouse Posts: 50,675 Lives Here
    so lets have a picture of the problem.
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  • crusty jim wrote:
    would be seriously tempted with these if I were you.. great price ! ... elID=24582
    except they're mechanical?
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  • crusty jimcrusty jim Posts: 173
    They are not mechanical, they are hydraulic.. and I was referring to getting both front and rear sets - as his bike only comes with a mostly LX group, this would be a good upgrade !
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