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I have a 2006 Ram 1500 SLT 2WD 4.7L

When I replaced the front calipers the other day, I came across a snag.
The aftermarket replacement calipers that you'll pick up from your local parts store (i.e O'Reiley's, AutoZone, Advanced Auto, etc.) come with a whole bag of extra parts, but not come with a replacement banjo bolt for the brake line fitting.
The replacement caliper will have a different size banjo bolt hole to attach the brake line to the caliper. It will be smaller. I've been told the new caliper will have a 10mm as opposed to the factory 12mm.

When attaching the line to the caliper...
On the fitting, I used the 2 brass washers provided with the new caliper on top of the fitting and reused the smaller (factory) washer on the bottom of the fitting. The original banjo bolt and top washer will not be needed (but I'm holding onto them just in case).

Pictured are the original banjo bolt (left) and the new HELP brand banjo bold model 13912.
It can be purchased at any of the above mentioned parts stores. But aware that said stores may only stock one. You may have to visit 2 different part stores to get the pair (one for each caliper).
My rule of thumb being to change out both at the same time.

Hope this comes in handy when you get your Ram torn down.

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I need to make a correction to what I did.
Putting both new washers on top and reusing the factory on the bottom of the hose fitting is setting yourself up for an eventual leak.
Discard the factory washers and use the 2 new washers...one on top of the fitting, one on the bottom, the same way the factory washers were used.
The factory washers may be a little big for the new banjo bolts.
The washers are the gasket for the banjo bolt.
 

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Also if it decides to let loose coming into traffic going from 70-30mph your not gonna have to worry about your brakes anymore. Get yourself a Copper Washer Kit there pretty cheap! Don't play games with brakes its just not worth it. Reminds me of my customers who try and get me to pad slap there Saturn (or any tiny car). You know because those $40 rotors are just way too much. I always turn those people away for being super cheap, not the kind of customers you looking for. The main reason I won't do it is when it starts shaking at the pedal they will run around town and tell everyone XYZ Shop did my brakes and they suck. When really they were being some cheap asses! Rotors are so cheap now I just don't understand what the big deal is. on guy wanted me to take a Roloc Disc and smooth them out LMFAO no joke. Not sure who told him that but that guy deserves an Award!
 
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