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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old Oct 1st, 19, 8:58 PM Thread Starter
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Brake update 72 Elco LS

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Im in the preplanning stages of my winter project which is updating my brakes. I currently have a plain jane power disc conversion up front and drums in the rear. I primarily drive highway and road trips and want better brakes for safety, I have no racing intentions. Im leaning towards a C5 conversion using CPP spindles and sourcing the rest of the parts on rockauto. This seems the most economical, I can get parts on the road, and will raise my front end back up(im lowered 2.5" right now with Fatman tall drop spindles) I also dig the C5 sealed hubs. The kicker is I have 17" Torq Thrusts,,, so a wheel spacer is required which I'm not a huge fan of for long highway rides. Maybe they don't cause vibration but it seems like that could be a risk. I've never used a wheel spacer.
The other option is Wilwood Dynapro 6piston w/ stock spindle. These should fit the wheels no problem. Im not totally convinced I would see a huge difference in braking for the price though.

I have yet to look into the rear brakes yet. I know Ill need a good MC and proportioning valve Im thinking about going wildwood adjustable. I would also like to know more about residual valves and if this is something I would need.
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post #2 of 3 (permalink) Old Oct 2nd, 19, 10:38 AM
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Re: Brake update 72 Elco LS

If you have the factory disc / drum set up, try a set of Porterfield pads and shoes. They transformed my 69 brakes into a modern car that stops on the dime.. If you go on there site, you have to look under Chevelle, for some reason they don't list them for el Camino..
These things work!

Use the R4-S pads. They are designed for Street use..
https://www.porterfield-brakes.com/P...field%20Brakes
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post #3 of 3 (permalink) Old Oct 2nd, 19, 1:04 PM Thread Starter
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Re: Brake update 72 Elco LS

Man I wish I would have known about Porterfield brakes 2 months ago! I may give them a try. How long do they hold up for?

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