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Old 23-08-2012, 01:42 PM   #1
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Doing my Brakes soon so I've knocked up a caliper piston retractor...











Just need to weld the fixed nut and the guide/slide in place.

I'll let you know if it works

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I just use a big screw driver or tyre lever
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Tyre lever or G clamp for me, posh git
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Good effort - I bought one but if those bits were lying around then you've saved yourself a little
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Good effort - I bought one but if those bits were lying around then you've saved yourself a little

I made all the parts from off-cuts lying about at work. I used the lathe to turn the parts.


My motto... "Why buy when the company supplies?"


Plus i was getting payed at the same time


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Not wishingbto piss on your achievement but the flat plate looks a little weak to me because most times that I need someting more than a lever is because the pistons are a lttle siezed and I could see the plates bending, which will mean that you will be trying to push the piston back in on one edge only. Do the workshop tool suppliers use high tensile or tool steel for the plates?
I have never been tempted to buy one of these tools because I can't see the value of them
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Not wishingbto piss on your achievement but the flat plate looks a little weak to me because most times that I need someting more than a lever is because the pistons are a lttle siezed and I could see the plates bending, which will mean that you will be trying to push the piston back in on one edge only. Do the workshop tool suppliers use high tensile or tool steel for the plates?
I have never been tempted to buy one of these tools because I can't see the value of them

It's 6mm plate so i think it shoul be ok.

If the pistons were siezed i would imagine that you would want them to come the other way (out) so that they could be cleaned up and new seals fitted.

Last time i had to get pistons out i fitted a grease nipple to the back of the caliper and pumped them out with a grease gun.

The tool will be used simply to push the (un-siezed) pistons back so that new pads can be fitted.

You may think it's a bit of over engineering but i think it's a handy tool to have to make sure the pistons are going back in square/level.

Plus it didn't cost me a penny. In fact i was getting payed when i made it.
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Well I have done my front brakes and my tool worked a treat.

I was just going to buy a rewind tool off ebay for my rear brakes, but then i thought, where's the fun in that?

So......










I can screw back 2 of the 6mm allen bolts depending on which pitch I require.



I think this should do the job.
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Plus it didn't cost me a penny. In fact i was getting payed when i made it. [/QUOTE]

I had a job like that, count yourself as lucky and look after it.
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