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Old 07-06-2012, 09:30 PM
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Chevy C/K brake rotor suggestions

Now that the engine is done I'm getting around to the brakes. Any suggestions on reasonably priced brands of rotors? I want to stay away from the low end junk but not looking to spend more than say 100 each.
But they need to last a few years too. Napa has some for around $50. This truck has a manual brake system ( '82 c-10) and maybe some mild performance rotors could help. The bleed screws are pretty well frozen and I think I'm going to to replace the calipers. The frozen bleeders on the rear drums will probably get some new wheel cylinders as well.
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An '82 C10 should have power disc brakes. Power discs became standard in 1973 on C/K series light trucks.

Most folks are no longer using drilled rotors because they believe holes may weaken them, but now they offer slotted or dimpled performance rotors. I don't have any experience with how much better they work.

Before you do your other work, do a complete bleed of all the old brake fluid to get rid of any contamination. Also, replace the rubber lines running to the front calipers and to the rear brakes, since they weaken with age and may be swelling from pressure. In your case I would use good quality stock rotors (maybe from NAPA, as you suggested) and new calipers with high quality performance pads, and then make sure the rear brake adjusters, shoes and wheel cylinders are working correctly.

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C/K brakes

This is a manual 4 spd (sm465) if that makes a difference in the brakes...I wouldn't think so. It is a manual system now. Perhaps someone pulled off a nonworking power brake system and swapped out the cheaper part. The master cylinder does look aftermarket and sorta cheap now that I think about it.
Thanks for the suggestion on the rubber lines. Good call. The fuel lines from the tank hard lines to the lines running up the frame are due for change too so there's one more thing.
< The brake fluid is a nice sweet tea looking color. Is that bad? >
I've put mostly fresh fluid in the master cylinder and will be bleeding the lines when the new brake hardware gets installed.
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