Depending on what class you race in, sometimes you are required to
retain the stock front brakes. My full blown race car still has the
stock front brakes, the rules require it. Now everything else (rear
disks, pedals, master cylinders, brake lines, etc.) is all custom.
The front rotor diameter, the main determining factor for a brake
system's effectiveness, is really quite large for a small, light car
like the roadster. Properly maintained stock brakes are very
effective. I think many people are not used to the higher pedal
efforts required on a non-power assist braking system.
It is nice, though, to have the Volvo conversion available to those who
want to go that route.
Royal Oak, MI
1969 1600 Street Car (SPL311-24529)
1966 GP SCCA Race Car www.risensonracing.com
Independent Amsoil Dealer
On Oct 18, 2004, at 2:27 PM, Pete Peters wrote:
> Outstanding. This is exactly the info I wanted. Hey, Steve, how about
> updating the article on 311s.org (you'll also notice a typo in the
> next-to-last-sentence of the first paragraph. <g>)? It does mention
> that the
> Volvo brakes are 4-piston, but not that the Roadster is 2-piston nor
> there's a larger brake pad surface.
> FWIW, what prompted all this, besides my curiousity, is that my brakes
> not appear overly powerful (maybe that's typical, but...) and are
> pulling to
> one side. Might as well start collecting all the conversion parts
> before I
> start disassembling things and find those lovely 35-year-old