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Improved braking

Discussion in '1973-1991 K5 Blazer | Truck | Suburban' started by CarolinaBogger, Feb 14, 2002.

  1. CarolinaBogger

    CarolinaBogger Registered Member

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    What can you do to improve braking. I've got a rear disc brake conversion on the way, but was wondering if there were other ways to improve braking, like new master cyl., bigger/stronger front calipers, etc...
    Thanks yall

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  2. bigblue

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    Bolt on a 14 bolt with 1 ton drums. Your braking will improve 5 times over

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  3. CarolinaBogger

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    Well, the 14 bolt is in the garage waiting for money for an overhaul, so it'll probably be a while for that. How bout the front end? Can you get new caliper with more pistons that would bolt up?

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    You'd need a bigger rotor with more surface area. Not sure where you are going to find one for a truck, since I have no idea what size a 10 bolt vs say a Dana 60 rotor is, and if they could even be interchanged, along with the calipers.

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    Why insist on counting when the ring gear has the tooth counts stamped in?
     
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    Heh, for that price, might as well get a Dana 60 and hope it comes with bigger brakes lol.

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    Why insist on counting when the ring gear has the tooth counts stamped in?
     
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    Not sure if it helps, but there is a company out there called Wilwood (www.wilwood.com). You name it, they'll make it. They are a bit pricey, but they are very high performance and can make your rig stop on a dime and give you change. I haven't put them on my Blazer, but their 4 wheel disc setup was awsome on my 68 chevelle.
     
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    Stephen 1/2 ton status Moderator Vendor

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    There's a HD 3/4T truck caliper that has a large piston that might help you out, it should give better clamping pressure and still fit in the stock mounts. The only other way is to go to a bigger rotor and that means 3/4 or 1-ton axles. It also means you have to go to bigger wheels to get the brakes to fit inside them.
    I think your 3/4T swap is the best place to drop money.

    Be aware that the 14 bolt's bigger brakes will help but on a lifted short wheelbase vehicle (like a K5) the front axle will do the majority of your stopping for you. You will likely need to put in an adjustable proportioning valve to turn them down! When I added my 3/4T axles the first time I had way too much rear brake, and that was with 32" tires and 3" of lift.

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    I swapped my vacuum booster for a hydra-booster. My brakes are at least 50% more responsive, less resistance and not effected by low manifold vacuum like big cames create. I'd do it again in a heartbeat.

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    You can get the 13" rotors from a 79 3/4 ton PU and then put a 1 ton MC on. With this setup my K5 would stop on a dime and it had 36" TSL's.

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