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Old 10-04-2006, 06:39 PM
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No Name "Hot Rod" Booster/Cylinders??

These are all over the rags I pick up (classic truck, rod & custom) and the cost difference over vehicle specific units is pretty considerable. What have your guys' experiences been like with the aftermarket booster/cylinder setups? For example here is a link to a unit with a 7" boost/dual cylinder unit with a combo valve already on it. It's a good price and I've been eyeing it. But good brakes are pretty important...

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Old 10-04-2006, 07:31 PM
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I've been looking at a lot of suspension and braking parts lately myself, and have asked the same question everytime "Where is it made?" Ends up most every single item I've asked that question of is made in China. I don't know if that necessarily makes it bad, but for some reason I'd like to have American made products in my old Ford.
Looks like a really good price, with pretty much everything you'd need, but I always have that thought in the back of my head as to how important brakes are!
Well, good luck. Later - Karl.
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Old 10-05-2006, 11:52 PM
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oops, i meant booster. anyways, is there anyone else out there with any experience?
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Old 10-07-2006, 10:14 AM
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I bought one of these at Carlisle a couple years ago and I have it in my T-bird. I believe the master cylinder is for a Corvette. I didnít use the master cylinder because I didnít care for the feel so I used a ford master cylinder instead. All I had to do was make the holes a little larger in the ford master cylinder so it would fit on the booster. It has worked fine so far. My father has one on his 55 Chevy and it works fine also. These are also in a lot of street rods. You might want to email the seller and ask him where it was made.
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Old 10-11-2006, 04:59 PM
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if you knew what the individual components were..

If you knew what the individual components were you could probably buy them separately, or pick them up used, for a lot less money. The trick is finding out what they are. I used a 5.0 Fox body booster and a 73 corvette master cylinder for my under body system (57 chev truck).
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Old 10-12-2006, 07:01 AM
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If you buy generic you have to know enough about braking systems to make it work safely, like matching master cylinder bore to the front caliper size -- the fronts do most of the braking, more important than the rears. When you buy for a particular car, more liability is put on the supplier, and they had to do some R&D to make sure the setup fit and worked as advertised. If it doesn't work and you cobbled the systme together from generic parts, it's your fault! So do some brake system research before changing things around. If you match a factory setup for a similar size/weight vehicle, you're usually okay.
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Farna, many of the aftermarket systems ARE cobbled together parts. That's why I said that if you knew what the individual parts were you could buy them yourself. Some are engineered and custom built. Many "kits" are cobbled together off the shelf that they bolt together and mark up for profit and brake booster/master cylinders are a good example. Granted buying the kits save you some time and hastle figuring out what will work but often with a bit of sleuthing you can find out what years/makes the kit builders are using and pick them up off the shelf and save a buck. In the old days there were no kits.
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I understand completely murrsue! The difference is if they sell you parts that you have to make sure works for your application it's your fault if the brakes fail and you wreck. If a supplier has a kit stating it fits/works on a 68 Ford Mustang (or whatever) and the parts aren't correct, the supplier has some liability. Of course if the parts are correct then you have the "was it installed correctly/professionally" issue where the supplier will try to pin all/part of the liability on the installer (which may be you!). It's a wonderful, litigous society we now have! Have to keep all those lawyers and court clerks and such employed, you know!
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I understand completely murrsue! The difference is if they sell you parts that you have to make sure works for your application it's your fault if the brakes fail and you wreck. If a supplier has a kit stating it fits/works on a 68 Ford Mustang (or whatever) and the parts aren't correct, the supplier has some liability. Of course if the parts are correct then you have the "was it installed correctly/professionally" issue where the supplier will try to pin all/part of the liability on the installer (which may be you!). It's a wonderful, litigous society we now have! Have to keep all those lawyers and court clerks and such employed, you know!
I really doubt these guys are all that concerned about litigation. They mostly have an "out" in that they did not install the braking system. To sue and get compensation you would be required to PROVE their product was the cause of the failure and it wasn't caused by a faulty, backyard, un-qualified mechanic doing the installation.
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