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Old 09-16-2005, 04:58 PM
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did an inspection on front brakes on my 84 silverado half ton-looks like i have to do some work-they were locking up some time ago but not that bad,so i guess the calipers were on there way out-cleaned em up for the time being-needs rotors and pads now too-my question is,if i'm changing calipers,rotors,pads,flex lines and bearings, am i able to go to a bigger,size for better braking power?i found out there were a couple of sizes available when i went to check prices-i don't want to go extreme like a performance setup,maybe something bigger that chevy offered that will fit if i'm going to be changing everything anyway-thanx
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Old 09-17-2005, 04:24 AM
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I'm not a 100% sure on this, but I believe that the bigger brakes might be for a heavier rated axle. If not the spindle mounting braket ( I forget what its actually called ) might have to be changed. The bolt holes for mounting the caliper are in a fixed postion and if going bigger I imagen that the caliper grows in size also thus the bolt pattern changes. Just my thoughts. I'm not always right but I'm never wrong.
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Old 09-18-2005, 01:20 AM
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when i did a quick check for parts,they asked me what size pads?i said"half ton 84 chevy"they said they came in 2 sizes and to measure my pads-not much size difference-do i measure the length of the pad to get replacement?i'm trying to find a more helpful auto shop for my parts,nobody deserves our hard earned money if their not friendly behind the counter and willing to help-i do have to change everything and get rotors turned-have only changed pads before so it should be a learning experience if anything-g'day
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Old 09-18-2005, 01:31 PM
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Don't turn or replace the rotors unless they are badly grooved or shake when you applied the brakes.

If you do need to replace them, don't buy the cheapies as they will be bad very shortly afterwards, trust me. Hard to beat OEM parts.
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Old 09-18-2005, 06:23 PM
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thanx derek-it doesn't shimy at all when braking or hi speed,so they may be ok for a while?off topic-do you happen to have a dash laying around for a good price or know somewhere local to get a cover?you can see what i'm doing in the project section-mine is pretty shot-g'day
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www.chevyduty.com offers plastic dash covers that slip over your old or new covers also check them out.
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Old 09-19-2005, 03:35 PM
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Also check out ebay motors for NOS dash pads. There have been plenty listed lately. I just bought a NOS dash in excellent condition for $100
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Old 09-20-2005, 07:02 AM
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thanx derek-it doesn't shimy at all when braking or hi speed,so they may be ok for a while?off topic-do you happen to have a dash laying around for a good price or know somewhere local to get a cover?you can see what i'm doing in the project section-mine is pretty shot-g'day
They should be fine.

Finding a used pad is pretty slim around here--they are all crusher-happy with steel prices up. Pretty sure Cross-Canada carrys the overlay covers.... but they ain't cheap to buy!
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