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Author Topic:   Brakes floated or Clamped?
Owner 99
posted December 13, 2003 09:44 PM
I have seen the new Skyrocket and Pierce cars with the brakes clamped solid. Do the new Harris and Dirt Works cars that are on the 4-bar z-link, with springs on bird cage, have the brakes floated or clamped to housing? I have heard that when the brakes are floated, on the same birdcage as the trailing arms and springs, that this can cause a lose condition in the middle of the corner as the brake can cause loading and unloading of rear end. Is it best to clamp brakes to housing so they don't effect rear end loading and unloading or float them?

posted December 14, 2003 02:28 PM
i had my right rear floated on it's own birdcage (not with the trailing arm) the problem i had is that when i angled the bar up to plant the right rear going in, i would get off the brake going in and the car would pick up a bad push. it let the right rear go up under the car and put a bunch of wedge in the car just when i didn't need it. this year they are both going to be on the swing arm cages. don't know how this is going to work as last year we ran wishbones on both sides.

posted December 16, 2003 12:57 PM
Joeltjen- Was your brake bar adjustable so you could change it's angle? Angling the bar up should make the car do exactly what you described. When the brake bar is horizontal, it has little effect on braking forces that cause jacking.

posted December 19, 2003 07:51 AM
****Can the floaters and mount them solid on the housing.You will eliminate another un-neccessary variable you can dial yourself out with and eliminate some unsprung weight too.Let your pullbar or torque arm handle the braking forces.Smoother is faster.

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