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Disc brakes VS. regular brakes?

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by 84gmcjimmy, Mar 12, 2004.

  1. 84gmcjimmy

    84gmcjimmy 1 ton status

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    Hey, I was wondering if there is any advantages/disadvantages of having disc brakes over stock brakes? I read somewhere that its better to have discs if you see alot of mud, because they clean out faster. Whats your input? And help would be great! Thanks.
     
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    The advantages are... they work better, there alot lighter, they clean alot better, there just as cheap to put on as rebuilding your drum set up, and there really just a better deal all the way around... what REALLY made me want them is when I picked up a 14bolt FF drum for the first time /forums/images/graemlins/eek.gif
     
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    I can hose out my disc brakes without removing the tires. With the drum brakes I'd have to pull the drums off to hose them out. If I didn't the brakes were just plain scary going down the road.

    The problem is that it is very costly to get an emergency brake with rear discs.

    I'll never go back to drum brakes. Never.
     
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    How much does the emergancy brake cost?
     
  5. 84_Chevy_K10

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    Depends how you do it. Cadilac calipers can be used, you'll have to research that to see exactly how. In the late '70s there were discs in the rear of an Elderado....I'm thinking '78 or so, and those calipers are set up for discs.

    Or, you could call jesse, order a flange and 1350 CV rear driveshaft and his disc brake setup, but last I checked that would run you about $800.
     
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    One thing that most people don't do when doing a drum brake job is replace all the springs. Most manuals will tell you to replace all the springs as they stretch. So to do it properly you are replacing alot of parts. Like I said very few do that and never have trouble. To do a disc brake job properly you change the pads and your done. So, if you think about what it costs to convert don't forget to think about what it costs to do a proper brake job from there on out and compare those costs as well. Not to mention the clean out factor and cooler running brakes which means less brake fade. Disc brakes are a superior design all the way.
     
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    One To do a disc brake job properly you change the pads and your done.

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    I don't think so!!!!!! There is hardware to be checked/replaced when you do disc brakes, too!
     
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    [ QUOTE ]
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    One To do a disc brake job properly you change the pads and your done.

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    I don't think so!!!!!! There is hardware to be checked/replaced when you do disc brakes, too!

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    Yes but very little..2 bolts that the caliper floats on come to mind and....that's all I can think of. I have completly overhauled several sets of drum brakes including my chevelle, f250, f350, and blazer. It really isn't that hard if you do it one side at a time. I've done it with a screwdriver and vice grips. But disc brakes are far easier to maintain and just work better.
     
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    [ QUOTE ]
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    One To do a disc brake job properly you change the pads and your done.

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    I don't think so!!!!!! There is hardware to be checked/replaced when you do disc brakes, too!

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    There is always things to be checked of course but 99 times out of 100 all that is needed is new pads. Always look at the rubber lines and check for swelling or leaky caliper and the like. All I was pointing out is normally all that need be done is replace the pads. On the other hand when you do a drum brake job all that need be done is a whole mess more!
     
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    yea usually its only pads... and you can buy a rebuilt calliper(with core trade) for like $20 anyways
     
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    yea usually its only pads... and you can buy a rebuilt calliper(with core trade) for like $20 anyways

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    I bought my loaded calipers for $32 for each side (D60 front).

    Included all new hardware (which on the '60 is a big deal and big expense) pads and reman calipers. /forums/images/graemlins/thumb.gif /forums/images/graemlins/thumb.gif
     
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    Where did you get them so cheap?
     

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