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What size is the hex bolt on the front brake caliber

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IT IS 7MM HEX BIT..AVAILABLE AT MOST HARDWARE/AUTOMOTIVE PARTS STORES..BE CAREFUL WHEN REINSTALLING..VERY EASY TO STRIP THREADS OF STEERING KNUCKLE

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