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Old 04-23-2019, 07:20 PM
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Hey guys any reservations about this o ring conversion kit?

http://www.cssbinc.com/1965-1982corvettefrontbrakecalipero-ringconversionkit-1-1-1-1-1.aspx

And can you suggest some middle of the road brake pads. Don't want to buy the cheapest, but not the most expensive either.

This is for a 1978
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That is exactly what I used. I bought the standards first, realized my mistake when thumbing through the catalog that came with the kit, then swapped for the high-heat O-ring kit, visible in the photo below. CSSB Inc. was very easy to deal with on the phone and during the return.

I just used whatever pads from NAPA. The G2 epoxy is still wet in the photo, it dried smooth.

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That’s the same kit I have on my 79.
Has worked great for several years now.
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Hey all. Would you also suggest replacing the brake hoses or anything else when I do this repair?
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Originally Posted by wgrea3 View Post
Hey all. Would you also suggest replacing the brake hoses or anything else when I do this repair?
Replace brake hoses; they age out, but can fail/swell internally, which you cannot see. OE replacement rubber hoses are fine for majority.
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I would strongly suggest SS braided hoses if you are going to replace the hoses. SS braided hoses will give a much firmer, solid pedal feel than rubber. I changed mine 25 years ago on my 78 and would never go back to rubber since rubber hoses expand under pressure and will not get the same brake feedback.
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I would strongly suggest SS braided hoses if you are going to replace the hoses. SS braided hoses will give a much firmer, solid pedal feel than rubber. I changed mine 25 years ago on my 78 and would never go back to rubber since rubber hoses expand under pressure and will not get the same brake feedback.
If you can't remember the last time you changed the hoses, it's time to change them. SS braided hoses will solve the problem now and in the future.

Also, the two rear steel lines that mount on the trailing arms can be easily replaced at the same time. The Corvette vendors will have these lines, and may have been included in a kit.

Good luck!
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I would strongly suggest SS braided hoses if you are going to replace the hoses. SS braided hoses will give a much firmer, solid pedal feel than rubber. I changed mine 25 years ago on my 78 and would never go back to rubber since rubber hoses expand under pressure and will not get the same brake feedback.
These look good?
http://www.cssbinc.com/1963-82corvet...edhoseset.aspx
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Originally Posted by wgrea3 View Post

Yes as long as DOT approved which those say meet Federal Highway Standards
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Have been researching Brake Pads for months. I purchased rebuilt calipers and SS lines from Van Steel. Price was great, service was great. For pads I ended up going with the Auto Zone GT8 pads. Literally purchased the LAST set in the US. Tried to get get more could not. Emailed customer service this is what I got back

"Thank you for your patience. Please be advised that unfortunately, this program has been discontinued and the supplier is not making more. We will not have any of this in stock going forward. We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience."

So the Duralast GT8 pads are no longer available.

Carbotech WAY TOO EXPENSIVE. I know a supporting vendor is on the forum who sells them but seriously.... anything over $50 for a set of pads is kinda out there IMHO. Maybe if you are racing, really racing, the extra $$$ is worth it. Not sure if the autocross folks will chime in at all.

The Hawk brand seems semi-reasonable but again a set of stock organic pads may just be the way to go. How may miles, how hard are you driving etc.
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Have been researching Brake Pads for months. I purchased rebuilt calipers and SS lines from Van Steel. Price was great, service was great. For pads I ended up going with the Auto Zone GT8 pads. Literally purchased the LAST set in the US. Tried to get get more could not. Emailed customer service this is what I got back

"Thank you for your patience. Please be advised that unfortunately, this program has been discontinued and the supplier is not making more. We will not have any of this in stock going forward. We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience."

So the Duralast GT8 pads are no longer available.

Carbotech WAY TOO EXPENSIVE. I know a supporting vendor is on the forum who sells them but seriously.... anything over $50 for a set of pads is kinda out there IMHO. Maybe if you are racing, really racing, the extra $$$ is worth it. Not sure if the autocross folks will chime in at all.

The Hawk brand seems semi-reasonable but again a set of stock organic pads may just be the way to go. How may miles, how hard are you driving etc.
Performance Friction Carbon Metallic-under $50-I have these on my 78 L-82 4 speed for 20 years now, Chrysler 300, Pontiac grand prix-Great brake pad
Centric C-Tek Metallic-Rockauto-$20 per set
Raybestos-Metallic-Rock Auto-$45 per set

Stay away from pure organic or ceramic pads..........not for performance use......generally

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Forgot to mention the PFC ones, I looked there too and those seemed reasonable.
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I just did my rears using cssbinc. And their o-ring conversion kit. I powder coated my calipers instead of painting them.

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