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Old 11-04-2018, 08:07 PM   #1
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Caliper clearance

Well i finally got around to buttoning up my disc brake upgrade and need some info from the big brains in here. I am running Center line 15" rims and the calipers arent rubbing but there is less than a 16th of clearance. Is this going to be a problem down the road as they get hot. Prolly a stupid question but i have learned not to take anything for granted on this project anymore. Thanks in advance.
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Old 11-05-2018, 12:02 AM   #2
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Re: Caliper clearance

That shouldn't be an issue.
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Old 11-05-2018, 01:24 PM   #3
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Thanks Cap, puts my mind at ease.
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Old 11-06-2018, 10:43 AM   #4
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Re: Caliper clearance

Nah, should be fine. Mine have only a little clearance on my front M/T wheels, but never had an issue with them.

Also, first place to look when you get a funny noise; its not unusual to get a twig or little gravel piece in there to make a funky noise for a few minutes lol. Ask me how i know.
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Old 11-12-2018, 04:01 PM   #5
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Re: Caliper clearance

Just make sure you don't get the weights for balancing clipped onto the inside. I had the Cpp modular drop spindles and they cleared the wheels but no the weighs.
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Old 11-13-2018, 10:44 AM   #6
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Re: Caliper clearance

Running original Centerlines on my '63: no problems !
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Old 11-13-2018, 01:52 PM   #7
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Re: Caliper clearance

After a little more checking i found that the calipers themselves were at least a 1/8th away from the rim, but the caliper mounting on the spindles were rubbing just a little. So a few min. cleaning up the casting slag from the edges and all is well once more. Thanks for all of the responses. I dont think i would be as far along as i am with this build if not for the help and guidance i have recieved from this group
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Old 11-13-2018, 02:25 PM   #8
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Re: Caliper clearance

I put disc brakes on a 71 Nova years ago and had a little interference between the caliper and wheel. I took a grinder to the caliper and removed a very small amount, and all was fine. I drove it several years that way.

One word of caution, I did find that the caliper and/or caliper bracket flexed a tiny bit when brakes were applied, so even with clearance OK under static conditions, it rubbed a tad when braking. I took the grinder and took off a tiny bit more material, and all was good.
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Old 11-13-2018, 03:18 PM   #9
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Re: Caliper clearance

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I put disc brakes on a 71 Nova years ago and had a little interference between the caliper and wheel. I took a grinder to the caliper and removed a very small amount, and all was fine. I drove it several years that way.

One word of caution, I did find that the caliper and/or caliper bracket flexed a tiny bit when brakes were applied, so even with clearance OK under static conditions, it rubbed a tad when braking. I took the grinder and took off a tiny bit more material, and all was good.
Did the same thing on 65 Nova.
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