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Unread 07-30-2013, 09:20 AM   #1
TippyJeep
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1999 XJ Cherokee 
 
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caliper/piston question

Replacing the front calipers on my 99 XJ. Went in to Napa and the guy asked me if I needed a metal or phenolic piston. I have no idea. Calipers on there now are stock, but I don't know the difference between the two pistons. Here are the links at napa:

http://www.napaonline.com/Catalog/Ca...890_0266364007

http://www.napaonline.com/Catalog/Ca...90S_0266364008


Any ideas which one I need?

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Unread 07-30-2013, 11:22 AM   #2
Newtons3
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Phenolic pistons are plastic. They dont expand as much as metal when they get hot. Arguably they are weaker. the metal pistons are steel. They will expand and contract with the heat. They may sust if you get moisture in your system. They are structurally stronger. The reality is, either will work. I prefer to run the same on both sides although it probably doesnt matter.
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