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 Post subject: EA Brake upgrade options
Posted: Fri Apr 18, 2014 12:10 am 
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Hey guys. just wondering if anyone would have any ideas for brake upgrades for an EA Sedan. i've got plans for a power upgrade down the track, but i want to try get brakes and suspension sorted first (As the old saying goes. "Power is nothing without control"). any ideas/suggestions?
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Posted: Fri Apr 18, 2014 6:36 am 
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Braided lines to replace all flexible lines.

 

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Posted: Fri Apr 18, 2014 7:25 am 
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Povvo_XT wrote:
Hey guys. just wondering if anyone would have any ideas for brake upgrades for an EA Sedan. i've got plans for a power upgrade down the track, but i want to try get brakes and suspension sorted first (As the old saying goes. "Power is nothing without control"). any ideas/suggestions?


Easiest is as kwaussiekid has said, Braided lines. Also add good quality sloted disc rotors, at least up front and quality pads.

I can strongly recommend these guys for Brake lines
http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/Ford-Fairmon ... 2a2294572d

Some brake discs below

http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/DRILLED-SLOT ... c32&_uhb=1

http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/DRILLED-SLOT ... c50&_uhb=1

http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/FORD-FAIRLAN ... a88&_uhb=1

http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/2-Front-Disc ... b02&_uhb=1
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 Post subject: Re: EA Brake upgrade options
Posted: Fri Apr 18, 2014 7:42 am 
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Paul, I did exactly that with my EB, but went with slotted only discs. It made a big difference to the braking.

 

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 Post subject: Re: EA Brake upgrade options
Posted: Fri Apr 18, 2014 7:56 am 
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kwaussiekid wrote:
Paul, I did exactly that with my EB, but went with slotted only discs. It made a big difference to the braking.


You are right there, Slotted Rotors make a big difference from the stock setup and with a decent set of pads they are a good upgrade.

Don't use Bendix pads with slotted rotors, they seem to chew are the discs quicker for some reason. I have been using ADB pads and have found them excellent, both with cold braking and hot braking.

Having fitted the braided lines to my car, I can say that there is an additional improvement with the pedal feel as well. Considering that with most E series, the factory brake line are from 26 years old for the EA to 17 years old with the EL, it is also a good safety upgade to replace the old rubber hoses.

Give the braking sysyem a good flush as well and replace the brake fluid with either Dot4 or even Dot5 fluid.
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Posted: Sun May 04, 2014 1:59 pm 
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I disagree regarding Bendix pads. I have used these for a long time no issues.

My EA has the following:
- overhauled calipers using PBR parts
- safebrake braided lines
- Castrol SRF brake fluid
- DBA kangaroo paw rotors (as said by others slotted is a good option but I had reasons not to)
- Bendix Ultimate pads

The key is the baseline - make sure what is there is working properly hence overhauling calipers properly including the health of the slides.

The DBA slotted rotor and Bendix Ultimate pads combo has been used by Police forces for a long time and is proven. This will be sufficient for 90% of users in terms of upgrades.

 

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Posted: Sun May 04, 2014 2:53 pm 
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Posted: Sun May 04, 2014 7:15 pm 
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Give the braking sysyem a good flush as well and replace the brake fluid with either Dot4 or even Dot5 fluid.


When you say 'DOT5', do you mean 'DOT5' or 'DOT5.1' ??? .......they are totally different.

I see the benifits of braided lines, but you can't clamp them or get them kinked.....coz then, they are stuffed.

 

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Posted: Sun May 04, 2014 7:24 pm 
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cjh wrote:
SWC wrote:

Give the braking sysyem a good flush as well and replace the brake fluid with either Dot4 or even Dot5 fluid.


When you say 'DOT5', do you mean 'DOT5' or 'DOT5.1' ??? .......they are totally different.

I see the benifits of braided lines, but you can't clamp them or get them kinked.....coz then, they are stuffed.


Sorry, DOT5.1 as DOT5 is silicon based (70% or more) and designed for military applications.

DOT5.1, like DOT3 and DOT4, is a polyethylene glycol-based fluid (contrasted with DOT 5 which is silicone-based).

DOT 5.1 is the non-silicone version of DOT 5, defined by FMVSS 116 as being less than 70% silicone. Above that threshold makes it DOT 5.
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