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1985-1996 Fleetwood and Brougham Forum Discussion, Better front brakes? in Past Cadillac Vehicle Discussion; Hi guys, I did a quick search on the forum and could not find much about this. I am away ...
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    Better front brakes?

    Hi guys,
    I did a quick search on the forum and could not find much about this. I am away from and also have a slooooooow Internet connection for a few days.
    Anyways, how can I improve the front brakes on my 1987 Brougham without spending a lot of money.

    I put rear discs fro a 90's 9C1 Caprice, emptied the combi valve (which is a bit different than the one on the Impalas).
    I feel like the car doesn't brake enough (I don't think I can lock the wheels) so besides replacing the rear caliper brackets (which might be bent and thus affecting braking ) and hardware, I would also like to maybe swap front caliper with bigger ones.

    What bigger calipers fit at the front without modifications? Are the J55 front calipers from a 1995 Fleetwood bolt on? Do they provide more braking force?
    Can I keep my discs or do I need to change discs too?

    Thanks

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    Re: Better front brakes?

    Larger calipers will have ZERO effect on braking. All they do is offer longer pad change intervals. In stock size, all you can do is go to a better pad. PM me, I bought out the stock of Hawk performance pads in the US when Pep Boys changed performance lines. I can spare a set for you.

    However, you should have no problem locking up the wheels. You either still have some air in there, or the proportioning isn't correct.

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    Re: Better front brakes?

    Thanks Jay, I will get in touch by end of next week when I get back home for these pads. I already passed about a gallon of fluid through the system. I am changing the rear caliper brackets and hardware. Hopefully that will help.

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