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BRAKES Date: Mon, 16 Mar 1998 18:47:44 -0800 From: Phil Swanson <phil#chtree.com> Subject: GMC: Brake Job Hello, I am in the process of replacing the front wheel bearings in my 1973 Canyon Lands and while I am at it, I thought I'd replace the brake linings, turn the rotors, etc. Does anyone know if the Performance Friction Carbon Metallic Pads are available for the motor homes? It's always been a good high performance pad on other applications. I'm not at all worried about increase rotor wear, a small price to pay for super stopping power. Also, I was wondering which ball joint is the loaded joint, i.e. upper or lower? I think I'll change these out and rebuild the final drive axle assemblies while I am in there. I had one heck of a time braking the 1 1/2 inch front axle nuts loose. It took a 3/4 " drive socket and breaker bar with a five foot cheater bar and even then it didn't want to come loose. I figure with all this effort, I might as well do the works while I'm in there. The coach has just 79K miles on it but like many others gh\has been sitting extensively. Thanks for any information you could provide. Hopefully someone will talk to brakes and front suspension at Vegas also. Phil Swanson Date: Mon, 16 Mar 1998 20:44:23 -0811 From: Scott Woodworth <myvair#lemoorenet.com> Subject: Re: GMC: Brake Job Phil, The lower ball joints carry the load. I don't see any reason why Performance Friction Carbon Metallic Pads would cause accelerated brake rotor wear. Part number 2154 is specified for the GMC. A set will cost you $43.56. Why don't you visit their most excellent website and check it out for yourself: http://www.performancefriction.com/highway/Highway01.htm - -Scott Woodworth ------------------------------ Date: Tue, 17 Mar 1998 08:24:05 -0500 From: Patrick Flowers <patri63#ibm.net> Subject: Re: GMC: Brake Job Phil Swanson wrote: 1
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> > I am in the process of replacing the front wheel bearings in my 1973 Canyon Lands >and while I am at it, I thought I'd replace the brake linings, turn the rotors,etc. You might consider changing to the larger calipers (from '79-86 Chevy 3/4 ton truck). They take the #0524 pads from Performance Friction. According to Jim Anstett, there is a small "boss" that must be ground off the caliper, but otherwise it's a direct swap. Ray Curtis at Eaton GMC sells the calipers already modified and the Performance pads. This also requires changing the flexible hoses(not a bad idea anyway - they have been known to collapse internally causing the caliper to drag), also available from Ray. This was not intended to be a commercial for Eaton GMC, but if you call Ray (800-764-3673), he will send you a reprint of Jim Anstett's GMCMM article about upgrading the brakes and a price list of all the required parts. Caveat - Any alterations to your brake system using parts not certified as part of the system voids DOT certification. I'm neither encouraging you to make these alterations nor certifying their safety or effectiveness. I'm just letting you know that the information is "out there".
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