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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old Mar 6th, 19, 05:41 AM Thread Starter
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ECI Hot Rod Brakes for Camaro?

Has anyone used the Engineered Components (ECI) disc brake conversion package that they offer for Camaros? They are supposed to keep the wheel mounting surface in the same location as the stock drums, and the kit uses the stock drum spindle with no modification needed. It uses their own custom billet hub, with GM Camaro/Firebird rear 11 inch rotors, 78-81 Camaro calipers, and standard D52 pads. I like the idea of mostly off the shelf parts that can be picked up at any local parts store if needed, along with the fact that it doesn't push the wheel outboard 5/8" like the stock disc brake rotor does.

Here is a link to them - you have to scroll down for the Camaro kit:

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Another kit I am considering is the Wilwood 140-10996, which says it only moves the wheel .19" outboard, so that might work as well. The Wilwoods are well known as being a good kit, but I do like the idea of using GM parts. Looking for any input from TC members - thanks!

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Re: ECI Hot Rod Brakes for Camaro?

Hmmm, I figured someone on TC had used one of these kits.

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Re: ECI Hot Rod Brakes for Camaro?

It was popular to put Camaro/nova subs on old trucks hot rods,seems like thats who these guys might cater to, since they're concerned about a real narrow track.

Not saying it's not a good kit, it just may be why none of us have used or heard of them ?

Seems like I hear more about CPP, SSBC or Right Stuff for stock style conversions, You don't like the more main stream guys ?

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Re: ECI Hot Rod Brakes for Camaro?

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It was popular to put Camaro/nova subs on old trucks hot rods,seems like thats who these guys might cater to, since they're concerned about a real narrow track.

Not saying it's not a good kit, it just may be why none of us have used or heard of them ?

Seems like I hear more about CPP, SSBC or Right Stuff for stock style conversions, You don't like the more main stream guys ?
It's not that I don't "like" the mainstream dealers, its that I am running very tight tire clearance and moving the wheels outboard from the stock drum location will probably cause rubbing issues. As I mentioned in my opening post, the stock style rotors move the wheel mounting surface about 5/8" outboard. I like my 245's on my 67, so switching to a different wheel/tire combo is not an issue. Not real interested in messing around trying to find different offsets on the front wheels either. I suspect that most people using the stock conversion are running a smaller tire up front.

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If you switch from drum brake spindles to disc brake spindles you will have more option for brakes that do not push the wheels out.

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Re: ECI Hot Rod Brakes for Camaro?

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If you switch from drum brake spindles to disc brake spindles you will have more option for brakes that do not push the wheels out.
John, can you elaborate on that for me? My understanding was that the only difference between the drum spindle and the disc spindle was the thickness of the mounting boss for the backing plate. I think I understand that you might be saying that the extra thickness of the boss on the drum spindle does not allow the rear surface of the rotor to go as far inboard, but both of these kits use a custom bracket that allows the drum spindle to be used. So far I have not seen a conversion kit that uses the stock rotors that doesn't move the wheel outboard by 5/8". If there is one out there that doesn't cost $600 I would love to hear about it.

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Re: ECI Hot Rod Brakes for Camaro?

Last time I checked the difference between the mounting surface on a drum car vs a factory disc brake was about 1/4". Keeping in mind it's a little bothersome to measure I would allow my measurement at plus/minus 1/16". 5/8" no way
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