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Old 03-25-2003, 02:18 PM
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What is the pedle supposed to feel like? I just converted over to a disc drum setup. They don't feel too bad just different from power brakes. Almost like a spongy type of feel to it.

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The manual brakes on my Truck feel like power brakes but you just gotta push harder on the pedal to get it to stop.It's not spongey at all.
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if the brakes are spongy, its because you havent gotten all the air out of the system. perhaps you havent gotten all the air out of the system, i know that wilwood calipers are a ***** to bleed and need to be vented both on the inside and outside...
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they should feel the same,only like theres a very hard return spring on the peddle so theyre hard to push . mikey
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Did you install the correct metering valve for a disc/drum brake setup? If not you'll need to install one or the smaller in-line residual valve to hold pressure on the disc brakes. The pedal should be a little stiff but not spongy.


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The 2 psi residual pressure valve is only used for disc brakes where the master cylinder is lower or about the same level as the calipers (as in under floor MC applications). If the MC is well above brake level (like mounted on the firewall) there is no need for a residual pressure valve with disc brakes. You do still need to get a disc/drum or adjustable proportioning valve though. That reduces pressure to the rear brakes to reduce rear wheel lockup during a stop, especially hard stopping, when weight transfers to the front. When the same type brakes are used on both ends (drum/drum, disc/disc) it is less important as all braking occurrs at (theoretically) the same time. Disc brakes react quicker than drums, so a disc/drum car would have quicker rear to front weight transfer. But when weight does start to transfer, the rears could lock, so an adjustable valve to reduce pressure to the rear wheels is still a good idea.
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I have a adjustable proportioning valve. It was set from the factory so i never messed with it.
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