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can brake pads go infront of the axle

i have a 50 ford shoe box its choped, has a 86 buick grand national front end the rear is from a 2000 ford explorer i put in coil overs in the rear and the rear end was narrowed i went to put the calipers on and they hit the coilovers
so i can move the top coilover brackets th the other side of frame wich i would have to put them a a bigger angle and take a day to do or can i just flip the backing plates and have the pads on the front of the axle instead of being on the rear i have nor run any brake lines yet have no plans to hook up the emergency brake will use a line lock instead. thers a pic and drawling
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3rd gen trans am has the same backing plate and caliper on both sides
the same components on both sides, one is on the front, one on the rear
i doubt if you can rotate the backing plate and make it work
you will probably need to swap side to side with all components
as long as you can swap sides and keep the bleeder screw on top

not the best picture but you can see the caliper mount on the front of the axle


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3rd gen trans am has the same backing plate and caliper on both sides
the same components on both sides, one is on the front, one on the rear
i doubt if you can rotate the backing plate and make it work
you will probably need to swap side to side with all components
as long as you can swap sides and keep the bleeder screw on top

not the best picture but you can see the caliper mount on the front of the axle



3rd gen Trans Am does´nt have leaf springs, trailing arms and coil springs.
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iirc on the ford exployer brakes, you can turn the backing plates 180* and then swap clappers sides BUT it will mess with the internal drum brake e-brake
so If you want a parking brake, and you should.. I'd rethink the coilover mounts..

if the parking brake isn't a want or need, then either swaping sides with the plates or turning them 180* will work..
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wouldn't the coil overs being moved to infront of the axle tube help plant the tire, as the spring would slow the pinion rise as it have to compress the spring, ware the way you have it, it just has to unload the spring some more.. and roll the pinion up..
depending on what type link system you are using back there
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It doesn't make a bit of difference to the braking arrangement as to where the brake pads/caliper are located. They apply clamping force regardless of where they are located. This is the arrangement I've used on my '31 for several years for exactly the same reason that you are considering and works beautifully.



I don't have an e-brake problem though and you may not either with some thought for backing plate, shoe and cable placement.



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thanks

kool i will swap sides and move to the front i have a pro 4 link setup for rearend it wont twist and willl use a line lock for a emergency brake thanks all
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As Ogre stated in post #2, be sure to have the bleeder fitting at the high spot. You can bleed them otherwise, but it's a PIA!

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