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Old 05-03-2006, 10:09 AM   #1
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14 disc brake conversion questions

Hey guys I have all the hardware to complete the disc brake conversion on my m1008, with exception to the brake lines and had a few questions. First should I go ahead and buy some stainless brake lines since I will be lifting the truck soon? Also since I am using the chevy 3/4 ton calipers, what should or can I do for an emergency brake? Is it worth the hassle to just buy the cadillac calipers? And does the e-brake just hook up to them like the factory or is there a special way of doing it?

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I just did the swap on my 14 bolt. I used the chevy calipers. I havent had an e-brake for a long time. I think when I plumb the lines, this time I'll use a line-lock of some sort to give me a brake.
Are you talkin about SS braided lines or hardlines? I would definately get some new braided lines. They are cheap. I am prob. gonna get the 4 AN lines from afcoracing.com or a similar race shop.
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i just dropped the e-brake on mine no problems......i went with factory line to lil 8 inch hard lines out of the t fitten.
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I too, dropped the E-brake when I did mine. I used the Skyjacker SS braided line for a six inch lift to replace the one I broke at Rough Canyon. It's a sweet line thats easy to put the # 4 AN nipples on. Then went to the local race shop and got their SS braided lines and banjo fittings. Sense I had to replace a section of hard line ( I had to twist off the leak and pinch it to stop the fluid loss) I replaced ALL tha hard line from the mastercylinder back, I also put in an adjustable proportioning valve. I plumbed it up to the driver seat so I can adjust brake bias on the fly. With the new proportioning valve, that SOB stops, lemme tell ya!!
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Thanks for all the input guys.

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I like an emergency brake. If you go with the caddy calipers, you will need to fab up a lever for the cable to attach to. You may/maynot need a tension spring.
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GM does not manufacture those levers any more for the 78-80 Caddy calipers. Honest John's Caddilac in Justin has them for $150 a pair(used). I made that mistake, 6" suspension lift, duall exhaust, drivetrain......I would need 8 pulleys to make the cable clear everything. I said screw it, and did away with the e-brake. And for the record, l was told (by a state inspector) that a line lock is not a DOT legal e-brake for a state inspection.
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The caddy calipers suck da big fat one. They don't function properly if the e brake isn't hooked up, and even when it is, it doesn't work worth a damn (they don't hold well)

That's been the running experience with putting them on the 9". I am told that the S10 had some disc brakes with a different style of E-brake setup, but I haven't monkeyed with them, and I don't know anybody that has, so I've nothing to offer there.
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Well thanks for letting me know about the caddy calipers, guess I will have to check out the s10 calipers.

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I haven't talked to these guys in about two years, they said they were working on a pinion brake for transfer cases. Here's the link.

http://www.tsmmfg.com/Transfer_Case_Park_%20Brake.htm
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The caddy calipers suck da big fat one. They don't function properly if the e brake isn't hooked up, and even when it is, it doesn't work worth a damn (they don't hold well)

That's been the running experience with putting them on the 9". I am told that the S10 had some disc brakes with a different style of E-brake setup, but I haven't monkeyed with them, and I don't know anybody that has, so I've nothing to offer there.
That is a new one. I have never heard that in the 5 or so years I have done research on the 14 bolt conversion. Good to know.
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Hi, I'm doing a 14 bolt dually convertion to my daily driver/work truck and want to convert it to rear disc's while I'm at it. It has to be street legal so needs a working Ebrake. What's my best bet? This truck is heavy and halls around 2 ton of equipment most of the time so the rear disc's have to hook up big time or I'll never get it stopped at stop lights. 1988 chevy ext. 1500 longbox. Thanks, Tracker.
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Tracker I would look for a axle out of a newer truck that already has disk brakes and the ebrake.
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I would agree with that. You really need something reliable and not quirky. I can live with a soft pedal off road, but would never do it on the road.
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