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oobergoober 03-27-2020 08:00 PM

Source for brake caliper pistons?
My front brakes were leaking fluid like crazy. I bought a new seal kit off Ebay. Trying to get those blasted pistons out of their bores proved to be a challenge, and I managed to tweak one out of round in the process.

Can anyone tell me where I can find a cheap source for these pistons? Can't seem to find anything cheaper than $90 per side.


JohnC 03-28-2020 12:55 AM

ebay. You might need to buy a complete caliper. A while back, I needed to replace a piston. I ended up buying a complete front brake assembly (calipers, pistons, hoses, those little copper looking (they are not) spring thingys) for $75.

I will sell you one of my spares if it is a main piston for $30. PM me if you are interested.

rbentnail 03-28-2020 07:47 AM

It would help immensely if you tell us the make, model and year of your vehicle. USA bikes differ in some ways so telling us where you are can be helpful too. But still, check out this thread -> https://www.fjrowners.com/forums/22-...-thailand.html
It's like the old story from the parts counter:

kid: Hi. I need some new brake pads.

Counter Man: Sure. What bike you got?

kid: It's blue.

Please consider making or modifying your forum signature to include the bike year and model you own. That way there's never any confusion since different model yrs have different stuff and are disassembled different ways.

To create or edit your sig, hover over the word 'TOOLS' in the black bar near the top of the page. A drop-down menu appears, click on 'USER CP'. Then on the left you will see "EDIT SIGNATURE". Click it, do it and save it.

Adding your location so it shows up under your user name can be helpful, too! This is also done under TOOLS/USER CP. Then click on 'Edit Your Details' on the left.

RaYzerman 03-28-2020 08:13 AM

I'd recommend used calipers from ebay.... the pistons will be fine and you'll save tons. When you go to remove them put a brake pad in, pressurize and all the pistons will be close to popping out.... put something thinner in next and you'll get there.

passx 03-28-2020 08:21 AM

Russ, the last day I worked at the parts store I had a guy in his 50ís come in and ask for a belt for his car,,,,,, (me) which belt are you looking for ? (Him) I donít know, the one that makes the fan turn, (me) ok what year of car and what model do you have? (Him) I donít know, itís silver and I think itís a Honda, (me) what year is it ? (Him) I donít know, I think itís a 95, 96 or maybe a 98, (me) is the car here ? (Him) no, itís at home, boy youíre a nosey a-hole. (Me) sir, I need to know so I can get you the right belt (him) well, sob,,, theyíre all the same just give me a belt, (me) no they are not, I need the info to get you the right belt, could you go home and get the car or the old belt so I can march it up ? (Him) boy, you a-holes just donít want to help me, I think Iíll just go across the street to auto zone they know their business and will help me.....(me) have a nice day sir !

Absolutely true story that generally was repeated 1-2 times a week at least.

oobergoober 03-28-2020 10:40 AM

Geez, how did I forget that???

It's a 2006 FJR1300A. And it IS Blue!

Googling around, it seems like the 06-07's are the red-headed stepchildren of FJR's. Why no love for these? Did things (brakes or otherwise) change drastically from 08+? For brakes at least, is it because the 06-07's have 2 different size pistons on the RH caliper?

I also noticed that a lot of search results would lead to kits for the super tenere or one of the big yami cruisers. Sure wish there were a way to verify piston OD & height in the kits.

Funny, but even tho she's an 06, I still don't think of her as old...

RaYzerman 03-28-2020 12:11 PM

I'll go out on a limb and say I think '06 to present have the same calipers... but to be safe, you can stick to any Gen2 caliper. Some part numbers changed after '13, but a lot of them were due to changes in suppliers or colour of the part.

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