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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old Aug 20th, 06, 07:57 PM Thread Starter
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front disc upgrade

I now have the famous manual 4 wheel drum brakes and would like to upgrade to power front disc setup. With all the kits out there, has anyone used them and who has a reasonable priced kit?

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Gary -

If you want the stock type disc/drum setup, you can probably piece it together yourself cheaper than you could buy a kit. All of the parts are readily available through you local parts house, except perhaps the steel lines and backing plates.. If you have a good flaring tool and bender you can make the lines yourself, or you can buy them pre-bent from the resto houses.

Of course I also understand the convenience of a kit.


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I haven't ordered mine yet, but I've heard nothing but great things about the product, the company, and the people.
http://www.touring-classics.com/Brake%20Kits.htm


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Watch out for the little inconveniences, like using metric theads on the proportion valve setup from the new ones that come in a kit. The result is finding the right connectors to run the lines to the master cylinder. Make sure you get the kit that has the disc spindles instead of the ones using your existing druim spindles for converting over to disc. And ALL of the "kits" are made by 1 or 2 suppliers, and their repo calipers DO NOT allow for use of stock 14" rims! So out goes the SS rims and 14x7 rallys!
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Gary:
As Al has suggested, it is easy and very reasonable to convert your system to Disc using only GM parts.
Then finding replacement and spares will be a 'day-at-the-beach' compared to trying to service a system from a "kit" - most parts counter guys can find a GM part, but their computor doesn't have any references for 'kit' ...

A fellow team member and site moderator David Pozzi has done lots of investigation into the GM stock Disc brake system and it's installation on a 1st gen Camaro.
His site - http://www.pozziracing.com/ - has a great write-up on converting your car along with many other write-ups on upgrades and chassis modification to make it handle better also!
Many of us on the site have converted cars using this procedure, so if you have questions or run into trouble on your conversion using stock parts we can help you - not so much maybe for a "kit" ...

Hope this helps;
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Gary,

What's up. I did the http://www.rightstuffdetailing.com/ kit.

Good kit, great support, got a great deal at fall carlisle.

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I'll second what Doug said. Right Stuff. I talked to the the owner Dave Roberts when I placed my order and he gave me a better deal than what was advertised. Everything went together great and looks fantastic. My car also stops much better now!

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Thanks, guys! Gathering info for my winter project list.

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I bought a front & rear kit through Ricks First gen which turned out to be SSBC http://www.stainlesssteelbrakes.com/ & had nothing but trouble , they supplied the wrong instructions & there customer service is non existant , I have been trying to buy some spare parts from them for about 3 weeks but they don't seem interested.Steer clear of them!
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I went with the Master Power Brake conversion and very happy with it. That included everything except brake lines. Everything fit without having to modify it. Total kit was around $1000. Went with Inline tube, just in case you need brake lines too. Fit was perfect.

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A fellow team member and site moderator David Pozzi has done lots of investigation into the GM stock Disc brake system and it's installation on a 1st gen Camaro.
His site - http://www.pozziracing.com/ - has a great write-up on converting your car along with many other write-ups on upgrades and chassis modification to make it handle better also!


Hope this helps;
John
Thanks John , reading this has helped me decide what I'm going to do for my winter downtime project. David Pozzi says my drum brake spindle will work for disc brakes , this will save me bucks and I can stay all GM. Excellent link.

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