How do I know what size brake rotor I need?

Call your local OEM dealer and ask for the original rotor sizes or OEM rotor/pads part numbers based on your vehicle’s VIN number (VIN# is referenced in your ownership papers). The dealership may not tell you the rotor size, but they will give you the genuine part numbers for your vehicle.

What year did Chevy trucks get front disc brakes?

In 1971, front disc brakes were introduced. Six-lug wheels were standard on all half-tons until 1971, when two-wheel-drive trucks were changed to a five-bolt pattern.

Are 2 piece brake rotors worth it?

Two-piece rotors offer some significant advantages, though, such as reduced weight as well as better heat dissipation, partly from the aluminum hat acting as a heat sink. Some two-piece rotors also offer increased airflow through the rotor because of the more open design where the hat meets the rotor face.

Does the size of the rotor matter?

The simplest brake upgrade, to gain sheer stopping power, is upsizing rotor size. You can exchange brake pads, experimenting with different material compounds for feel and durability, but rotor size has a much more significant influence on absolute brake performance.

Why Does Chevy still use drum brakes?

The main reason why pickups have drum brakes, is due to the fact they are cost effective, require replacement less often, and because they just take less maintenance than their disc brake alternative.

Did 1966 Chevelle have disc brakes?

The 1966 Chevelle Disc Brake Conversion Kit will improve your stopping power while retaining that factory disc brake look. The 1966 Chevelle Disc Brake Conversion Kit is an easy installation mounting to all factory mounting locations. All components in these kits are new high quality, precision machined products.

Why do manufacturers use two-piece rotors on some vehicles?

Two-piece rotors are free-floating. The cast iron disc can expand radially (outward) relative to the aluminum bell. The cast iron disc will heat up, while the aluminum bell remains cool. Two-piece rotors are less likely to warp or crack from excessive heat.

Do bigger disc rotors stop better?

Having bigger rotors means better heat transfer and better performance stopping.

Are drilled rotors worth it?

If you live in an area that experiences a lot of rain, drilled rotors are a very good choice. They perform well in rainy climates by offering a good “wet bite,” hold up well over the life of the rotors, and deliver more friction and more bite than their slotted counterparts.

Does more heat help brakes work better?

Since brake systems operate by converting kinetic vehicle energy into friction-based heat, the higher the heat created by the brakes, the better stopping power the brakes have.

What was the first year for disc brakes on Chevelle?

Whenever we see a disc brake setup at the swap meet and ask what year it came off, the standard answer is: “A ’72 Chevelle.” Take a close look to determine the exact year. The ’69-72 GM A-Bodies and the ’67-69 Camaro are not the same system. The first year for disc brakes on GM products was 1967.

Will Camaro spindles fit Chevelle?

Early Chevelles can also use the 1970-’81 Camaro and Firebird spindles with matching rotors. Right off, this swap will require a custom ball joint that’s available through Global West that has the correct taper for the lower spindle that has been modified to press into the stock lower control arm.

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