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Dirt Freak

Total posts: 323
posted June 08, 2004 08:19 AM  
Hi all, First yr in street stock and noticed the top guns run a brake adjuster. What does it do and are the easy to install? I have a metric car with manual brakes, disk up from and large drums on the ford 9". The rear line has a 10 psi valve coming off the mastercylinder. Thanks for the help! Race

Dirt Forum Champ
Total posts: 569
posted June 08, 2004 02:09 PM  
Everything depends on what type of brake adjuster you're talking about.

The best, and most expensive, are the dual master cylinder with balance bar assemblies. These are the best because you can put the brake percentages where ever you want them. I would think they would be kind of difficult to put them in the place where a stock pedal / booster / master cylinder used to be.

The other way to balance the brakes is with porportioning valves in the lines serving the front and rear brakes. However, stock brake set-ups have portioning valves in them to compensate for (1) the difference in efficiency of drum and disc brakes and (2) the weight difference between the front and rear of the car.

There is definetly speed to be gained through proper brake balance and a lot of poeple on here can help you choose a correct stock master cylinder. I can't because I use a Wilwood dual cylinder set up. If I had to use a stock set up, I think I would take out the stock porportioning valve add replace it with 2 in-line units and play with them until the car feels right. Too much rear brake makes you loose on entry and too much front makes the car pushy on entry.


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