Pad knock back…fact or fiction?

I get this question occasionally from potential customers and I offer my own experience to them (possibly to dis belief) but its an honest reply, its not an issue.  Years of past customers with mono block converted c-clip axles, you would think at least one would have said by this point..Hey! I got pad knock back, what gives?  But no, its not happened…I always advise to check your axle end play if its c-clip and be reasonable, if its wasted- yes, your going to be asking for problems, replace the carrier or axles whatever is worn or weld on housing ends for pressed on bearings.  I ran across this article from Paul from Hydratech brake systems and I had to share it here since it reflects all of the same things I have preached for years. enjoy Paul M. Clark says..   Chevrolet solved pad knockback issues WAY back in 1965 with the introduction of disc brakes on the C2 Vette’s, yet everybody has either forgotten about it, died, or doesn’t know this. Flash forward all the way to 2018 (!) and we’re still talking about it like it’s one of modern man’s most mysterious mystery – go figure that […]

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Check out some of our past customers rides in all sort of build states..I`ve recently added several images so give a look if you have time! (heavy scrolling required!) Link below CUSTOMER`S CARS  

C5 & C6 Rear Conversions and the 9 Bolt

Ive never really supported the C5 or C6 rear brakes in the past. The offset challenge makes creating the bracket a nightmare. You either end up with a dual side milled bracket which I did make a few times or a bracket so thin it would not even be close to safe.   So recently its been kind of a thorn in my side, guys ask… I say I don`t have it. Competition for this bracket, not much.   So Ive been looking at designing a new bracket for a while and like my Ford SS bracket which is two parts to meet that low offset requirement, this one will follow the same path.    A modular design that will allow the use of the factory C5 or C6 backing plate.   It will be equipped with a cable mount for the park cables and allow the use of Base or Z51 or Z06 rears with or without a park brake. While I test the set up and finalize my design for release please let me know if your interested. The either loved or hated 9 bolt axle, this is where the need really becomes prevalent, not too many ways to convert these rears […]

New products G-Body / S-10

New products- I always try to have something fresh for each and every year, even if its just a new take on an old conversion. A double edged sword sometimes they are, while I get the excitement of having the latest or greatest to offer it also brings on more work which means more time! Well although there are a lot of new brakes out to work with some of them are just so not cost effective yet. The 16`-17` CTS-V brakes-(390mm/6 piston frts & 355mm 4 piston rears) they are not too far out of reach for a good conversion with the 4 calipers in the 1,800 range new and the two piece rotors around 400 each but by the time you fork out the cash for the calipers and rotors and 19 inch wheels and tires well,.. the cost of two alone combined out weight the cost of some of our beloved cars retail price. Alas those are not for the funding challenged crowd but there are a lot of “older” big brake parts that are coming down in price. Take for instance the camero ss calipers, yes, thats right camero…check Ebay for camero parts or even your […]

6th Gen Camaro conversions

Today I recognized an oversight/mistake in these brakes, or at least the conversion information I`m offering.   My apologies for anyone who has ran across this.   The 16+ Camaro uses a deeper offset on the front brakes than I had measured either by error or negligence or using the wrong parts… its a a good 10MM difference, thus this conversion must use the the Z51 C7 rotors only which have the shallower 2.010 height versus the 2.400 of the Camaro.    Now here are some of the reasons I think this got by me: The 16+ rear rotors have the same offset as the old gen V (2010-2015), and the same offset as the C7`s rears @ 1.890, so no change to the rears! why change the fronts? Bosch brand is the rotor I used to mock this kit up in the beginning.  It has the 120mm pattern, 345mm dia/13.6 inch dia 65mm center hole which I expanded on the lathe to mock it up with and here is the best part- a 2.011 offset.. Yes it all lined up and this kit was set to jet. Bosch part # 25011428 Now I don`t see this being a fluke but I […]

ARP studs, Tall spindle updates, 1LE bearing STD hub update

Okay, you know time is tight when I make a post with three different topic`s ! I`d like to thank all of my 2017 customers for a great year and I look forward to all the 2018 customers, lets have a great year everybody! So, this is a post that should start with “Dear Customer, due to…” But thats a pass the buck lead in IMO. ARP wheel studs have gone thru the roof in price as of this January at some large performance parts re-sellers, Why? no idea. None of my sources know exactly the reason either but the fact is that a 5 pack of studs that normally retail for 14.99 have more than doubled at one retailer, while at another they have more than quadrupled! That`s right 72.99 for a 5 pack of 100-7704 at one four letter retailer (hint: starts with “J”) I find it hard to believe that this price increase is not a mistake but meanwhile I`m left with no options for customers who demand ARP wheel studs. Other options do exist and I will be exploring them with some of the offerings. Once my limited stock of ARP studs run out I`ll be […]

Check with us for product and ordering times !

Normal processing / shipping times for orders have been increased.  With family I have been able to keep a schedule that allowed me to work a regular job of 40+ hrs a week for a small community near my home and run Bigbrakeupgrade in all respects including customer relations, product sales, manufacturing , development, shipping etc.     Due to complications from a hospital stay, my wife has had life changing events happen that will require much more of my limited time.  She will need years to recover and overcome from what has happened.    I will continue offering brake upgrades and related products but these will take me longer to produce then previously.   While I work out a plan to allow my work to continue while caring for my wife`s needs I would ask that you email me for an estimated completion time before ordering, this will allow me to balance my work load and to continue offering my products.  Thank you for your patience and as always, if you have questions, please just let me know bigbrakeupgrade@gmail.com    

Z07 Carbon Ceramic Swap for A body

2016 C7 Z07 Corvette carbon ceramic disc swap in progress 3/25/17 A customer approached us asking if we had a bracket to mount his C7 Carbon Ceramic Z07 brakes to his 70 Chevelle build for the front and rear, our answer?  Of course !  Who would not want to be part of one of the very first C7 Carbon Ceramic disc swaps onto something other than what they were intended for right?  We were happy to answer the call.  He even was kind enough to send us a few photos of the fitment form the front swap already!  We will continue to update the post as his Z07 swap progresses.

GM SEMA Chevelle

Bigbrakeupgrade.com supplied the brake conversion components for the 2016 “Slammer Chevelle” When Rich Downing contacted us for help with the Chevelle we were honored to help. The timing was perfect as we had just finalized our front short spindle AFX brackets for the brembo calipers. The Chevelle had belonged to GM since new and was used as recently as 2008 to test crate engines GM Performance parts offered, article here. The Slammer Chevelle was going to use Ridetech`s Air ride system with the Tru turn spindles which have a 2 inch drop but offer a taller upper ball joint mount to improve handling. The 12 bolt rear end was already in production with Drive train specialties and the Chevelle was designed to run 18 inch front wheels and 20 inch rears which were perfect for the C7 Z06 brakes that Rich wanted to use. The Chevelle was treated to our short spindle bracket kit and forged aluminum hubs with extra length ARP wheel Studs. The rear 12 bolt was treated to our modular rear conversion brackets for the early 10/12 bolt rear axles. Rich wanted to keep a parking brake so our CNC billet aluminum spacers were also employed. GM […]

Billet Hub Project

Building brake kits since 2004, mostly for the 1982-92 F bodies, I have ran across probably hundreds of rotors that were to be hubs but just did not make the cut.  Yes, defecting rotor candidates seemed like a daily ritual.   Now and again I would stumble onto a good pallet of perfectly machined problem free rotors, rare but nice when it happens.  As you can imagine I stand in front of the lathe quite a bit.   Many times because the process became so mechanical and robotic I found my self thinking of why do I not have my own hubs?  it would end the time I stand here and I could put out a product with all the attributes that would compliment the kits I produce.   Opportunity presents itself rarely,  when it does however you need to take advantage of it.   Luckily I happened to run across an engineer looking to make some parts with his new CNC machine,  saving grace is he can design as well!   SO begins the journey. Many nights and several scrapped parts started to reveal how steep of a learning curve this was going to be.  Tooling the machine, finding the […]