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B-Body Four-Wheel Disc Brake Installation
By Dave Young, Photography by Dave Young, Kevin Shaw
August 18, 2006
The provided, longer axle retaining bolts must be installed before installing the caliper mounting brackets. The rotors and calipers can now be installed on the rear axles and housing.
The provided, longer axle retaining bolts must be installed before installing the caliper
This spacer takes up the space where the drum brake backing plate used to be. Once the spacer is installed, the axle can be slid back in place.
This spacer takes up the space where the drum brake backing plate used to be. Once the spa
The only problem we had with the installation was the rear rotors wouldn't seat completely on the axle flange. After finding that the axle studs were interfering slightly with the rotors, we remedied the problem by slightly chamfering the back of the mounting hole with a drill press and counter-sink bit. We're not sure if the rotors weren't machined quite right or if the part of our wheel studs that presses in the axle protruded too much, but we're leaning toward incorrect studs. Either way, this was an easy fix.
The only problem we had with the installation was the rear rotors wouldn't seat completely
Our steel rear brake lines had to be re-routed slightly to connect to the new rubber lines provided with the kit. Take care not to kink these lines as you bend them to fit.
Our steel rear brake lines had to be re-routed slightly to connect to the new rubber lines
Our 14-inch factory wheels wouldn't fit over our new front calipers, so we had to change wheels. Luckily, we found a deal on these Weld Drag Lite's at the Mopar Southern Nationals swap meet. The skinnies up front didn't help our stopping distances, but the rear meats provided more stopping power than the tires we used for our baseline. We managed to reduce our stopping distances by some 26 feet with these tires. Later, we'll install some true performance tires on wider wheels to really give our new brakes a test.
Our 14-inch factory wheels wouldn't fit over our new front calipers, so we had to change w
Our front kit came with this new master cylinder, which we installed after bench bleeding the unit. This is a quality piece that you can trust, not like the "made in China" part you'll get from the local discount auto parts store.
Our front kit came with this new master cylinder, which we installed after bench bleeding
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