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Heidt or SSBC Disc Brake Conversion Kits?

I want to put front disc brakes on my 57, using stock spindles and a non power MC. I can get the Heidt kit #DF-204 and #DB-103 for $500.00 plus the brake lines($100.00)? I can get the SSBC power disc brake kit for close to $1000.00. I sure would like suggestions from anyone who has had experience with the quality of these kits. Any opinions on the best conversion kit would be greatly appreciated. The most expensive kits are not out of the question, but must fit in 15" Crager SS Mags. Thanks for the advice, Tom

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I want to put front disc brakes on my 57, using stock spindles and a non power MC. I can get the Heidt kit #DF-204 and #DB-103 for $500.00 plus the brake lines($100.00)? I can get the SSBC power disc brake kit for close to $1000.00. I sure would like suggestions from anyone who has had experience with the quality of these kits. Any opinions on the best conversion kit would be greatly appreciated. The most expensive kits are not out of the question, but must fit in 15" Crager SS Mags. Thanks for the advice, Tom
Be aware that a lot of aftermarket brake systems will not fit 15" wheels (my $900 mistake). Heidt's works mostly with the hot rod community and may be more in line with fit up using the Cragers. Cragers don't have a lot of open spoke area and the SSBC would be almost hidden. Some of the SSBC brake systems are almost too much brake for the average car as well as being a big buck set up.
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Wheel offset on Heidt Kits?

The Tech at Heidt told me wheel offset would be 5/16" with kit #DF-204. I can live with that but is he correct? Could it really be 15/16" Anyone know for sure? Thanks, Tom
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The Tech at Heidt told me wheel offset would be 5/16" with kit #DF-204. I can live with that but is he correct? Could it really be 15/16" Anyone know for sure? Thanks, Tom
Not a clue as to what Heidt's is talking about. Does he mean that the new rotor will move the wheel out 'xx' amount from where it was originally? If so, not a problem - I would only worry about the diameter (or radius) and if the caliper will interfere with one of the wheel inner step diameters. A 9 to 10" rotor, probably not a problem. Eleven and up - maybe, then again, maybe not.
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Those kits for the tri-5 chevys that use the stock spindle, use a rotor and caliper off a 68-72 GM a- body ( chevelle,etc). So, if the wheels fit on one of those, they will fit on your car. You can also buy just the brackets from some vendors.
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Wheel offset

Moving each wheel outward 15/16" is not what I want. 5/16" would be OK.
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