[Lumps!] Brake swap

Hi all,
I’m faced w/ the daunting task of replacing my braking system. How
would I check master cylinder to see if it’s still serviceable? how about the
calipers? Would it be a wise option for me to try and swap a series II or III
system in? Would they fit?
Anyone have some good options or sources?

Thank-you,
Jeff K.

Have you ever driven a Jag with perfect stock brakes? They are awsome.
Unless you are going racing and or are adding gobbs of horsepower just
overhaul your stock set up.----- Original Message -----
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Sent: Thursday, September 27, 2001 4:43 PM
Subject: [Lumps!] Brake swap

Hi all,
I’m faced w/ the daunting task of replacing my braking system.
How
would I check master cylinder to see if it’s still serviceable? how about
the
calipers? Would it be a wise option for me to try and swap a series II or
III
system in? Would they fit?
Anyone have some good options or sources?

Thank-you,
Jeff K.

If I remember correctly (disregard if I am confusing you with someone
else…) your car sat unused for several years, yes?

If that’s the case, I can just about guarantee your hydraulic system is
rusty…it happens all the time.

I don’t know of a specific test for the master cylinder. I hate to spend
your money, but if there’s any doubt, just play it safe and replace it,
period. The calipers can be torn down, inspected, and overhauled. Or,
rebuilt calipers are readily available. Tons of info in the archives.

I pretty sure the later vented front rotors can be swapped but you’ll also
need (as I recall) the corresponding stub axles and calipers from the donor
car.

Doug Dwyer
Longview, Washington USA

      I'm faced w/ the daunting task of replacing my braking system.

How

would I check master cylinder to see if it’s still serviceable? how about
the
calipers? Would it be a wise option for me to try and swap a series II or
III----- Original Message -----
From: JKinLA1@aol.com
system in? Would they fit?
Anyone have some good options or sources?

Jeff,
You can disassemble your master cylinder and inspect it for rust and scoring. In
any case it will at least need a rebuild. Check the vacuum booster! I replaced
everything but on my car and my brakes were still bad. I found a good shop in
Bell Gardens that rebuilt mine for a very reasonable price. I recommend using
DOT5 brake fluid when you rebuild your system. It is silicone based and unlike
the other stuff, does not eat paint and does not attract moisture. Runs about
$10/pint but is worth every penny.

Have fun!

– Dave

JKinLA1@aol.com wrote:> Hi all,

      I'm faced w/ the daunting task of replacing my braking system. How

would I check master cylinder to see if it’s still serviceable? how about the
calipers? Would it be a wise option for me to try and swap a series II or III
system in? Would they fit?
Anyone have some good options or sources?

Thank-you,
Jeff K.


“C’est singulier! Moi, je pense jamais, mes id�es pensent pour moi.”

  • Alphonse de Lamartine

Hi Jeff,

I live in the Santa Barbara area and have a Series 1
also. I’m going to be tackling the braking system
soon also. Going to be alot of work. I’m going to
have some braided stainless flex lines made up so I
don’t have to fool with rubber hoses anymore. I’m
going to by the calipers and master cylinder at
Kragens and see how they work. They’re alot cheaper
than the Jag places and have a good warranty.

Good luck.
Steve

JKinLA1@aol.com wrote:> Hi all,

      I'm faced w/ the daunting task of

replacing my braking system. How
would I check master cylinder to see if it’s still
serviceable? how about the
calipers? Would it be a wise option for me to try
and swap a series II or III
system in? Would they fit?
Anyone have some good options or sources?

Thank-you,
Jeff K.


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