how to get more stopping power from front brakes?

View previous topic View next topic Go down

how to get more stopping power from front brakes?

Post by dhw3971 on Tue Aug 08, 2017 1:37 pm

I would like to get some better braking performance for my station wagon. I'm guessing that upgrading the front discs would be the place to begin but I don't know where to start: remove OEM rubber and replace with braided steel lines, new pads only, new calipers and pads or go whole-hog and get a kit that replaces the rotors/pads/calipers.

What is your two cents' worth on disc brakes?
avatar
dhw3971
Donating Member
Donating Member

Street Cred : 1

Back to top Go down

Re: how to get more stopping power from front brakes?

Post by texan01 on Wed Aug 09, 2017 5:06 pm

Ceramic pads, and make sure its got 11x2" drums.

Save for swapping in the 12" B-body brakes and rear disc brakes, theres not much more you can do to the system we have.

You could swap in stiffer springs in the front to reduce the dive and let the rears do more work.

texan01
G3GM Member
G3GM Member

Street Cred : 6

Back to top Go down

Re: how to get more stopping power from front brakes?

Post by TrendSetter on Sun Sep 10, 2017 4:18 pm

my 02 silverado felt weak until i swapped from vacuum to hydraulic brake booster. felt like a big brake uprade and it was cheap and easy. there is a thread here with someone that did the swap.
i just got a 73 wagon last week and plan to make that my first mod.

TrendSetter
G3GM Newbie
G3GM Newbie

Street Cred : 0

Back to top Go down

Re: how to get more stopping power from front brakes?

Post by Flywheel on Tue Sep 12, 2017 8:00 pm

You need to make sure your braking system is operating as designed. Is your booster and proportioning valve functioning correctly, are your rotors and drums within spec? The more volume within the calipers and wheels cylinders, the more spongy the feel. If your drums have been resurfaced it's possible that the shoes aren't making full contact. There are shops that specialize in brakes that will machine your shoes to fit your drums. Verify the part number of your master cylinder as bore sizes within can greatly affect braking performance, you also might research master cylinder bore sizes to get a better understanding of braking performance. Shock absorbers and springs can also affect braking. Be sure your system is operating as designed and all parts are within spec before you decide an upgrade is necessary to fit your needs. Best of luck!
avatar
Flywheel
G3GM Newbie
G3GM Newbie

Street Cred : 0

Back to top Go down

Re: how to get more stopping power from front brakes?

Post by Joe73 on Tue Sep 12, 2017 8:17 pm

Shock absorbers and springs can greatly affect your braking. But switching out the 3 rubber flexible lines to stainless braided lines makes a world of difference. I learned that when I changed to stainless in my tahoe. Claims were made of a shorter stopping distance at 55mph. It was correct. Especially since I towed alot and the boat trailer did not have its own brakes. The tahoe was much better in a panic stop because of the stainless lines. Also, brake fluid, it should be changed out every 2-3 years. I do that on all my vehicles.
avatar
Joe73
Donating Member
Donating Member

Street Cred : 65

Back to top Go down

Re: how to get more stopping power from front brakes?

Post by pila on Thu Sep 14, 2017 11:02 am

Sometimes, the booster may seem like it's OK, and still need to be replaced. My '75 Elco seemed barely OK, even with the 9 inch rear end w/ 11 X 2.25 drums. I replaced the booster, and it made an amazing difference... The booster was from my '77 Elco, original part.. Rubber parts, like diaphragm etc, just get old !!

pila
Donating Member
Donating Member

Street Cred : 43

Back to top Go down

Re: how to get more stopping power from front brakes?

Post by Sponsored content


Sponsored content


Back to top Go down

View previous topic View next topic Back to top

- Similar topics

 
Permissions in this forum:
You cannot reply to topics in this forum