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Username Post: 2" Spindles / Front Disc Brake Options        (Topic#369011)
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Reg: 04-17-04
07-22-22 08:00 AM - Post#2844760    

I have a 1955 Bel Air with stock front drums and spindles. I'd like to add Heidts or other brand drop spindles and big brakes. I am hoping for a zero offset, or minimal positive offset once installed (from stock).

The car is not a race car or pro touring, just a nice hot rod. I don't want stock looking calipers, but also not interested in huge style 6 piston bling calipers.

I was initially looking at Wilwood conversions. Their 4 piston Dynalite set has a center hub that is too large for my 17" Torq Thrust wheel center to fit over. The 6 piston calipers are too large to fit within the wheel hoop. I called the Wilwood tech center and they were ZERO help.

I contacted Performance Online several times regarding their Polished C4 caliper/13" rotor conversion. They were unable to provide a dimension for wheel centerline to outer caliper measurement. They also couldn't provide the measurement for how far the caliper sticks out past the wheel mounting surface (towards the wheel spokes) There is no way I am going to spend $1200 to find out the dimensions myself.

CPP has some interesting sets but very little info on their website.

Brembo set ups are too expensive, or not made for the application.

Baer has a nice 4 piston caliper/rotor set for drop spindles. The cost is not too bad at about $1400, but they are positive offset by .9, nearly a whole inch.

Most other setups available use stock style (kind of ugly) calipers.


1.) Any other thoughts on another manufacturer/distributor for nice looking front brakes in the $1000-1750 range?

2.) Has anyone used the C4 brakes on drop spindles and know the measurement from center of wheel to the outer most portion of the caliper? (Also curious if the caliper sticks out positive past the wheel mounting surface, towards the wheel spokes.)

I will be at the TriFive Nationals in August and am hoping to explore some options there. Sorry for the long post, but I am exhausted trying to resolve this issue!

Thanks guys!


Edited by redlinetoys on 07-22-22 04:40 PM. Reason for edit: No reason given.


Posts: 8

Reg: 06-12-22
07-30-22 01:52 PM - Post#2845164    
    In response to redlinetoys

Why not look at any of the disc brake kits out there that use the D52 calipers.

Then buy a set of these: subna...



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