Join Date: Nov 1999
Location: Central California, USA
Re: Truth about Wilwood vs Baer Big Brake Kits
I guess I should throw in here another thing we learned.
In changing to a late Corvette based front sub from Art Morrison, we had more room for larger 315 tires, so we moved the rear wheels to the front, & went to 335's on the rear. We had a Ford 9"rear axle and the brake rotor and caliper are inward more of the wheel flange than on a Corvette, so we had to use a 1/2" wheel spacer to use that wheel on the front. The clearance was tight where the wheel center bolts to the rim flange. Our wheels had the bolt heads towards the caliper and both the bolt heads and rim flange were the clearance issues. With Corvette unit bearings, there is nothing sticking out to hit the center cap, so that's no issue.
Another issue with large rotors on a stock type spindle with tapered roller bearings is, the spindle assy deflects when cornering hard and produces brake pad knock-back. This makes the brake pedal low after hard corners. We have gone to Corvette unit bearings which have much less deflection. On the rear we have IRS so the same Corvette bearings. With the Ford 9" we used a full floater conversion.
Check my web page for First Gen Camaro suspension info:
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