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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old May 23rd, 19, 12:30 AM Thread Starter
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Brakes and Sway Bars upgrade for my 1968 LS2

Hello all, I just did a full build / swap from a 350ci to an LS2. Car is much more powerful. I'm only going to be driving it on the street, no drag/race etc..



I'm not sure which brakes the previous owner had installed, but I definitely need better brakes now. Did a 1-3 pull and had to stop quickly... thats when i knew i needed better brakes lol.

Front


Rear




Sorry for my ignorance, i'm more experienced with JDMs vs muscle so if you could please advise on:



1- what Brake upgrades or Kits to get (I have 17" America Racing Wheels)



2- Do I need front & rear, or just front (Street driven)



3- Also, need better handling in turns and was thinking of getting these front Hellwig Sway Bars (https://www.summitracing.com/int/parts/hel-55705)
or Hotchkis full kit (https://www.hotchkis.net/product/196...k=&yr=&md=&sm=)





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post #2 of 8 (permalink) Old May 23rd, 19, 08:46 AM
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Re: Brakes & Sway Bars upgrade for my 1968 LS2

what is the condition of your current disc brakes? (read are pads worn, do you still have rubber brake hoses, when was the last time brake fluid was bleed)

If uncertain....check/replace pads, turn or replace rotors, replace rubber hoses with SS, bleed brake system

With 17" rims you could run a larger diameter rotor and bigger calipers made by several suppliers (Willwood, Baer, SSB, etc)

While Hotchkis makes good stuff....for your described car use you would be fine, IMHO, with just a larger front sway bar (Summit 1 1/8" brand is fine), good shocks. Assume Arm bushings along with ball joints and tie rods are in good shape. If not, replace
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Re: Brakes & Sway Bars upgrade for my 1968 LS2

The 2002 Camaro brakes are probably the best bang for the buck

4 wheel 12" rotors; you can get most of the parts from Rockauto.com

You will need 16" wheels or bigger (you are good)

Al (BPOS) has a great write up on the rear brakes:

https://www.camaros.net/forums/16-br...-pictures.html

The front disks can be installed with this adapter plate :

BRP Hot Rods: Brake Kit: 12" F-Body

Just do the front brakes first. They handle 80% of the braking. You can do the rear brakes later if you want to.

I bought a 1-1/8" front sway bar on ebay for $120.
https://www.ebay.com/itm/1967-1969-C...oAAMXQvJVRQgMy

Camaros are not noted for needing a rear sway bar. I think the leaf springs don't allow the rear end to move sideways like coil springs do.

I have a Chevelle and they do need a rear sway bar.
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Re: Brakes and Sway Bars upgrade for my 1968 LS2

Wow , thanks guys for the feedback! Appreciate the help


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Make sure those brakes fit your wheels. The LS1/C5 style brakes calipers stick out past the wheel mounting surface and could cause interference between the caliper and wheel. I have C5 style brakes in mine. I love them but they donít fit every17+Ē wheel.

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Make sure those brakes fit your wheels. The LS1/C5 style brakes calipers stick out past the wheel mounting surface and could cause interference between the caliper and wheel. I have C5 style brakes in mine. I love them but they donít fit every17+Ē wheel.
The 2002 Camaro brakes will fit under a 17" wheel - and some 16"

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Make sure those brakes fit your wheels. The LS1/C5 style brakes calipers stick out past the wheel mounting surface and could cause interference between the caliper and wheel. I have C5 style brakes in mine. I love them but they donít fit every17+Ē wheel.


I have the AR105 torq thrust. 17s


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Re: Brakes & Sway Bars upgrade for my 1968 LS2

Beth, it isnít always about the wheel diameter. I am talking about the wheel spoke part. If they arc out then they might fit. Just telling Majj to test fit them first before buying the brakes.

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