Brake caliper piston tool kits... what do you recommend?

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Brake caliper piston tool kits... what do you recommend?

Postby PRY4SNO » Sat Jan 06, 2018 6:40 pm

Time to do the brake rotors/pads on the Farmenwagen, figure this time I'll buy the proper tool instead of just using some needle-nose pliers to push and twist the piston back into the caliper. Find I'm willing to risk less out here since we're so far from the city.

A few tools came across my radar, thought I'd poll the group before I decide. Maybe my choice will be confirmed, or perhaps I'll be able to avoid buying overpriced and/or shitty tools with a recommendation I hadn't considered.

$45 + shipping
http://www.metalnerd.com/catalog/produc ... 6138fb5334
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$40 + shipping
https://www.ecstuning.com/b-schwaben-pa ... pbk-11pcs/
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$24 + shipping
https://www.amazon.ca/8milelake-12pcs-D ... iston+tool
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Re: Brake caliper piston tool kits... what do you recommend?

Postby morris400 » Sun Jan 07, 2018 10:14 am

I have option 2. Its never failed me.
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Re: Brake caliper piston tool kits... what do you recommend?

Postby PRY4SNO » Sun Jan 07, 2018 11:47 am

Thanks Kenny, good to know. My brother has the same kit, and it does seem to work well.

So far, I'm leaning toward the one off Amazon since I won't have to deal with cross border shipping thru ECS & UPS (which would probably double the cost in fees).
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Re: Brake caliper piston tool kits... what do you recommend?

Postby 90quattrocoupe » Sun Jan 07, 2018 1:08 pm

Those are good for the rear, but I like these for spreading pads and then spreading the front pistons.

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Re: Brake caliper piston tool kits... what do you recommend?

Postby Nateflix56 » Sun Jan 07, 2018 2:02 pm

I have the amazon kit and I love it. I did have to shave down the pins on one of the adapters for my B5 S4 rear calipers but it worked great. I also like having a decent kit around in case I need to do brakes on someone else's vehicle.
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Re: Brake caliper piston tool kits... what do you recommend?

Postby PRY4SNO » Sun Jan 07, 2018 2:48 pm

Nateflix56 wrote:I have the amazon kit and I love it. I did have to shave down the pins on one of the adapters for my B5 S4 rear calipers but it worked great. I also like having a decent kit around in case I need to do brakes on someone else's vehicle.


Awesome, just ordered it and for less than $35 it'll be delivered by Thursday. To me, that beats going into Princess Auto (aka Harbor Freight) and paying $80 off the shelf, just for the convenience factor.
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Re: Brake caliper piston tool kits... what do you recommend?

Postby morris400 » Mon Jan 08, 2018 10:02 am

PRY4SNO wrote:Thanks Kenny, good to know. My brother has the same kit, and it does seem to work well.

So far, I'm leaning toward the one off Amazon since I won't have to deal with cross border shipping thru ECS & UPS (which would probably double the cost in fees).


I bought mine local when I lived in Calgary. paid $60 cdn if I remember. came in handy on the both the B5 and UrS4.
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Re: Brake caliper piston tool kits... what do you recommend?

Postby jretal » Tue Jan 09, 2018 12:56 pm

I have option 2, and also a HF kit... both work as intended. The issue I ran into w/ the HF unit was that the slip ring that attached the end that engages w/ the caliper piston to the threaded rod bent/broke... so it wouldn't twist the head, only compress. I ended up having to weld the two together. Not the end of the world, but the scwhapen is a tad bit beefier in that department.
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Re: Brake caliper piston tool kits... what do you recommend?

Postby dana » Tue Jan 09, 2018 2:33 pm

I have option 3, been good for me.
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Re: Brake caliper piston tool kits... what do you recommend?

Postby 85oceanic » Tue Jan 23, 2018 9:54 am

This is my trusty go to for calipers w/out built in emergency brakes.

https://store.snapon.com/Disc-Brake-Too ... 51225.aspx
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Re: Brake caliper piston tool kits... what do you recommend?

Postby IslandRinger » Wed Feb 14, 2018 5:07 pm

I also have a set similar to Option #3. I think I actually got my kit from KMS Tools for around $25. Has worked well for me so far.
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Re: Brake caliper piston tool kits... what do you recommend?

Postby 88a5tq » Mon Feb 26, 2018 8:31 am

I have the red Amazon kit except if you have friends at AutoZone, you'll find this is what they rent out. I am there ALL THE TIME so when I got my $20 reward on my account I offered to buy their used rental tool for $15 with the reward and they obliged. Awesome kit!
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