They aren't the right length. The pins that go through the brake pads from the bridge to the caliper assembly are too short for the cotter pins to slide through the hole. The pins are physically long enough, but the little hole that the cotter pin slides through are off their mark. I spent nearly 7 hours last night/this morning with a hand file on the calipers to grind off the extra 1/16 of metal to allow the cotter pins to slide through. If it didn't take me till almost 5 AM to finish I would have at least used power tools to help file down the calipers. Didn't want to wake the neighbors, and I was going to a car show this morning so they had to get done ASAP.
This wasn't just a one off defective set either! Four different sets of caliper hardware, meaning all 8 pins all were too short. Anyone else have this problem with them? What is a better product for next time or to save others this nightmare?
I rebuilt my whole brake system with Centric parts, their rebuilt calipers are good, their brake hoses are good, but beware of the pins!!!
[This message has been edited by Shho13 (edited 10-05-2014).]