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So, I'm doing the Tokico 6-pot upgrade. I managed to get a set of calipers off a Z-Rex & 2 sets of new EBC pads for less than some places charge for pads for my 2-pots. The rotors cost most of my food budget for January, but I'll survive... :razz:

Thing is, these calipers are butt-ugly! I think they were originally a metallic beige that the manufacturers call "Champagne" or "Titanium." It's not a color that appeals to me when it's new, & it's a lot less attractive when you factor in grime & fading. Here are some pics from after 2 rounds of cleaning; first with environmentally friendly Simple Green, then with highly toxic AutoZone brake cleaner:







That got a lot of grime off, but they were still pretty filthy. My grandmother always used to say that a little bit of elbow grease was worth more than a lot of cleaner, so I tried that. Didn't really do much, so I resorted to a *lot* of elbow grease, combined with dish detergent, hot water, & a wire brush. That got 'em pretty clean, so I put on some masking tape:



And cut it down:



I wasn't very careful with some of the masking, as I just don't care about the inner bits that no one can see. :razz: I was, however, very careful not to get any paint where it could get into the actual fluid path.

Not having an actual spray booth, I turned on the exhaust fan in my bathroom, taped an old copy of the onion to the walls of my shower stall, & went at it:



The paint is DupliColor semi-matte exhaust paint. I wanted to have the calipers powdercoated, but I blew my budget (and then some!) on the rotors. Fortunately, I had the exhaust paint already, & I figured it was perfect. Semi-matte black is exactly what my calipers should be, IMHO, & high-temp paint seems like a good idea. Here's hoping it'll hold up if I spill some brake fluid on it...

Anyway, here are a couple pics after painting:





Note the numbers inside the caliper casting: I was trying to keep track of which piston came from where. It didn't work, as the corresponding marks on the pistons came off during cleaning. D'oh!

After painting comes detailing: I wanted the Tokico logo in bare metal as it was before, so I hit it very carefully with a fine emory board followed by 400 grit wet/dry sandpaper:





Sort of hard to see in the pics, but I wasn't careful enough. I sanded down some of the paint to the left of the "T" & above the "K", alas. I touched it up 24 hours later, despite the warning on the can to wait a week. We'll see how it turns out...

Not the best paint job I've ever seen, maybe not even the best I've ever done, but I know which caliper I'd rather put on my bike:





Besides, they wouldn't really look right on my bike if they were perfect... :razz: :hammer:

Cheers,
-Kit
 

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Good luck with the project...keep the feed back coming as i would be interested on how it all turns out...I had my rear caliper powder coated and it has been great..I used BBQ paint on the mounting bracket that seems to have .lasted a couple of years so far :wink:

 

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Kit,
I think they look great. The photos didn't look that bad to begin with. The Trident probably needs the extra stopping power scince you've got all that extra weight in luggage and stuff in the luggage.

Hope you had a good Christmas and a safe New Years.

Zip
 

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On 2006-12-31 11:50, KitNYC wrote:
Lookin' good! What kind of rotor is that?

-Kit
It's from a company called All Bike Engineering (ABE) based in Greenwich, London. They do their own Rotors for loads of bikes they also overhaul forks and suspension.
 

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I think they look great Kit.

They won't hold up to the brake fluid though. Just be careful bleeding them. Stick a small hose on the end of the bleeder so nothing drips on the caliper and they will be fine.
 

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I did mine a few years back, using sperex hi temp paint, then heat treated them ( in the oven :wink: ) before completing & filling. The paint has lasted quite well, and even the odd drop of brake fluid didn't mark them too badly. The wife has forgiven me too now . . . :-D
 
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DEcosse:

What can I say, necessity is the mother of invention. :razz: :-D

I thought the emery board would be as good as a sanding block, but now that you mention it I guess a sanding block would flex less. Thanks.

Zip:

Thanks. Hope your Xmas & New Year's eve were good as well!

MotT3:

Thanks, I'll have a look at ABE.

Hinckley:

Thanks. I usually use a hose & bottle setup to bleed my brakes, but I think I might move to a hose, bottle, & rag setup after this. (It's either that, or learn to be more carefu. :wink: )

Hobbit: Good to hear the brake fluid hasn't done too much damage! I thought about baking them, but the seals look to be in good shape & I don't want to damage them. (Especially at $2 apiece! Doesn't sound that bad, 'til you realize there are 24 seals in these puppies!)

Cheers,
-Kit
 

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Kit,
When you install the calipers, be sure to sand all the grit off the retaining pin and give it a nice coating of anti-sieze. It's been a common problem for the pins to freeze up and require drilling to remove.

Also, anti sieze the little screws that hold down the dust shield, same reasons.

Nice job on the paint. I feel your pain, I too have a small apartment as a workshop. I think my kitchen table is used more for projects than for food.

BTW, 06 Busa calipers would have looked like This::

 
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Thanks, Chef! I thought of putting brake grease on that pin, but I didn't think of sanding it. I definitely wouldn't have anti-seized the little bolts if you hadn't mentioned it!

Okay, time to get off the couch & go paint the other one!

Cheers,
-Kit
 

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I'm going to go way out on a limb here and guess that Kit is single. I used to roll bikes in the kitchen to work on them in the winter when I was single. I used to use the oven to heat parts so a bearing would drop in easier.
Those days are gone forever.
Nice looking calipers, Kit. Mine came from a ZX9R and were the same color as yours. I left them since they were close to the color of OEM and matched the fork legs.
 
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Kubihibi: I know next to nothing about the 600s, but I have read that these Tokicos fit a whole lot of bikes. I seem to remember reading "almost every sportbike on the market that isn't set up for radials", but I couldn't tell you where I read it. Center-to-center on the bolt holes is 90mm, give or take a mm or 2.

Jeff: Thanks. How did you ever guess I'm single? :razz: I never work on bikes in the apartment, though. (It's too hard to get 'em up the stairs.)

My rotors still haven't arrived, so the brakes aren't going on this weekend. I guess I'll have to ride tomorrow instead of wrenching. (I don't mind too much, since it's supposed to be a record-breaking 65* F here tomorrow.)

Cheers,
-Kit
 
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