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PostPosted: Mon Oct 14, 2013 12:40 am    Post subject:  F-body caliper upgade Qs Reply with quote

I'm planning on doing this 'mod' in the very near future... like as soon as I can get my questions sorted out and pick some rotors/ceramic pads. I may have a couple-few questions, but this is my first one here that I'd like to get opinions on from any of the many who have long since done this mod already -

If I'm not messing with the rear calipers at all (leaving stock), do I need bother with rear stainless lines? I'm planning on buying this 'kit' new and depending on where from, I see options for either front or both front and rear stainless lines. If ordered from ZZP, they make you get front lines, which is fine, but do I also need rears or can those remain stock? Will there be a difference at all between stock and stainless in the rear ya' think?

Thanks for any and all input!

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PostPosted: Mon Oct 14, 2013 10:42 am    Post subject:   Reply with quote

I'd personally upgrade to stainless all around, but you certainly don't have to. I will say I'd be hesitant using any brake lines ZZP provides. They had an issue with bad brake lines a while back and I'm not sure if they ever straightened their s**t out.[/url]

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PostPosted: Mon Oct 14, 2013 11:01 am    Post subject:   Reply with quote

Oh really... Didn't know what about the lines. The kit ZZP offers is the one I was considering, and like I mentioned they automatically make you purchase front lines with the kit. I know you can do this cheaper if you wanna hit the bone yards and get used calipers/parts and clean 'em up and yadda.. but I just don't have the time/patience/spot to be doing that now that it's getting colder. My little garage is a MESS after recently buffing the Impala out and I need to get in there and find places for things. So anyway, that's why I'm considering buying this stuff new from somewhere. I'm not sure where else to put this together as 'new'. If I went to a parts store and got new calipers, I'd also be charged a core and still need caliper brackets, would I not?

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PostPosted: Tue Oct 15, 2013 11:14 am    Post subject:   Reply with quote

Why not pick up Redshiba's used F-body kit in the classifieds. It looks like he has Goodridge stainless lines and that would be enough for me to say screw ZZP.

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PostPosted: Tue Oct 15, 2013 4:40 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

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Why not pick up Redshiba's used F-body kit in the classifieds. It looks like he has Goodridge stainless lines and that would be enough for me to say screw ZZP.

Because it's been painted red Razz
No really, that's not a bad price. I didn't see the ad and it figures... I can lurk those classifieds for days on end and the few days or week I don't look at it, good parts show up Rolling Eyes. I would have liked that LSX grille. Anyway... I'm now possibly being steered in an upgraded direction, and that's using Vette calipers. So I'm also trying to research what the differences are and if it's what I'd wanna do.

Is it the caliper brackets the part that has to be tapped & drilled to match the Impala mounting knuckle? What size does it have to be tapped to?

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PostPosted: Mon Oct 28, 2013 9:44 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

Yes, The bracket has to be drilled and tapped. Buy the ones that I have for sale. They come with the Goodridge SS lines and new ACDelco Ceramic pads.

Here is what they looked like new.

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PostPosted: Tue Oct 29, 2013 5:56 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

Did you do the extended lines for the front?
What method did you use to paint those, as pictured?
If I'm thinking right... your used kit would be a direct bolt-on then, sans clean and re-paint, yes?

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PostPosted: Tue Oct 29, 2013 8:12 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

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Did you do the extended lines for the front?
What method did you use to paint those, as pictured?
If I'm thinking right... your used kit would be a direct bolt-on then, sans clean and re-paint, yes?


I would go with extended lines. I have the regular length lines with my f-body brakes and when the car is jacked up, the lines are pretty taught.

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I would go with extended lines. I have the regular length lines with my f-body brakes and when the car is jacked up, the lines are pretty taught.
That's the desired one, yes. When looking at the new kits for sale they state to use the longer lines up front for the F-body conversions, from what I've seen at least.

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PostPosted: Tue Oct 29, 2013 10:25 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

The lines are plenty long.

I used Dupli Color Caliper Paint Kit to paint the calipers, Not the spray. It was the brush on kit.
http://www.duplicolor.com/products/caliperPaint/

They just need to be cleaned and painted. The rest is just bolt on and bleed.

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Redshiba wrote:
The lines are plenty long.
So they're not the extended length though I'm guessing? Smile

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PostPosted: Wed Oct 30, 2013 12:58 am    Post subject:   Reply with quote

I would avoid the ZZP lines. They only have a 90 day warranty and I went through two sets of them.

Goodridge has a lifetime warranty...just don't buy them from THMotorsports.com. I ordered a set from there and they sent me a completely different brand of lines without asking me first. As I had a blown line on my car and did not know that they sent me different lines right away, I installed them and emailed a picture to Goodridge and found out that they were not their lines. I asked them to send me the correct lines so I could swap them out. To make a long story short, they wouldn't send me the Goodridge lines without me sending the other lines back to them first, so I had to order them somewhere else.

After I sent the lines back to them, they didn't give me my money back and ignored my emails so I had to get my credit card company involved. Their customer service is atrocious and I would avoid them at all costs.

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Thanks for the input, Frank. Think that's the 3rd time I've read/heard about issues with the ZZP lines, and to use the Goodridge lines instead if possible. Bummer about the THM experience! Sad

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I had the Goodridge lines on the SS. The new owner had an issue with one of them. This is 6 or 7 years, 60-70K on them. He had my original receipt, contacted them and they took care of it.

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