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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old Feb 10th, 02, 03:49 PM Thread Starter
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I am working on a disk brake conversion.

I ran into someting wierd today when I mounted the calipers on the rotors. After installation, the passenger side spins freely with a slight rub of the pads against the rotor. The driver's side rubs so hard I can barely spin the rotor by hand?

Is this normal? Will this problem correct itself after the brake lines "etc." are installed and I hit the brake pedal a few times.

Hopefully someone else has had this problem or has some ideas. Thanks for anything you can think of.

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post #2 of 4 (permalink) Old Feb 10th, 02, 04:41 PM
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First, what disk brakes are you installing? Are they off of a donor car or new? If they are off a donor car did you recondition them before installing them on your car? Have you got them connected and the lines properly blead? Assuming everything is installed correctly, it sounds like you have one caliper that is not retracting. If I were you, I would take both calipers off and at least put a kit in each. Better yet go to the local parts store and buy a pair of reman calipers. FYI, the drag on both rotors should be equal and light with the pedal not depressed. If one has light drag and the other heavy drag you have a problem.

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post #3 of 4 (permalink) Old Feb 11th, 02, 05:10 AM
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Some drag is normal, and I've found that it does vary. But like Headshake siad, you really need to assemble everything and get it bled to see. Once you have the tires mounted, you will see it is a lot easier to spin the wheels. Once you have the brakes bled and have applied the brakes several times, try to spin the wheels. They should spin several times with a decent push, but will slow down quickly.

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post #4 of 4 (permalink) Old Feb 11th, 02, 01:28 PM Thread Starter
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If you guys agree, I will hook-up the master, booster, lines etc. and then see if there is a difference. Just seems like alot of drag on the driver's side. Tried switching rotors, measured calipers & caliper brackets seem unbent (new).

I'll let you know how it goes.

Any other ideas are welcomed. This is fun. My neighbors are getting used to the cursing.


P.S- I am installing a conversion kit from a 69 Camaro to my 68 Camaro. Most of the parts are new. Used parts are: spindles, backing plates and that's about it. Looks great so far.

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