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Tech Talk with Master Power Brakes

Why the Most Expensive Brake System Isn’t Always the Best Choice For Your Classic Car

Posted by toby on Feb 5, 2015 4:06:13 PM

When customers inquire about upgrading their classic car’s brake system, all of our team members are trained to start the conversation with simple questions.  We ask about the vehicle’s application,  how the customer drives the car, and wheel size.  We take this approach because as a classic car owner, you have lots of brake systems options.  Our team wants you to purchase the kit that best suits your needs, and more importantly, keeps you safe.  A recent call from the owner of a 65 Mustang and the discussion that ensued is case in point.  During our chat, the Mustang owner showed interest in our Pro-Driver series with slotted and cross drilled rotors, asking if the extra dough spent on this kit would give him more stopping power.

From there, we started asking all of the right questions. The customer mentioned he had a really nice set of wheels --he sent a picture like a proud papa, and they were definitely worth using.  He also wanted a brake conversion kit that had some visual presence behind the wheels. While looking at the pictures, our customer also mentioned his wheels came in at 15”. Well, this last detail changed everything.

The Pro Driver would have given him the best braking option we sell but unfortunately, it requires a larger wheel than what he had and wanted to use.  We could have gone for more of a budget route with our Legend Series and upgraded to the slotted and drilled rotors, but he wanted a caliper that had some visual presence to match the nicer rotor upgrade. Therefore, we settled on our Rallye Series. The customer now has as much brakes as his ’65 Mustang will ever need and it all fits within his 15” chrome wheels. The best part is we got all this done with great looks at the same time.

The slotted and drilled rotors that come with the Rallye Series are not really a performance upgrade for this particular customer, but our guy was all about the look, and they sure will look cool behind the wheel.

1965 Mustang Front Disc Brake Conversion Kit

Our customer arrived on our doorstep willing to buy our top-of-the-line conversion kit, but he would have purchased more brakes than he really needed.  Remember, just because something is more expensive doesn’t make it the right option or even the best option. We could have sold our customer the Pro Driver system and sent him on, but here's the catch--this kit is compatible with his car, but not his wheel size.  And even if the Pro Driver package had fit his wheels, it would have been way more brake system than he really needed.

If you have spent some time on our website or browsing our print catalog, you know we have plenty of options to choose from, so remember, when it comes time for an upgrade, consider the following:

  • How will the car be driven (e.g., daily driver, track, part time track thrashing, 4th of July parades, shows only, etc.)?
  • What size wheels do you have?
  • How important is appearance?
  • If you are considering upgraded rotors, what’s the goal?

If you keep all of this in mind, and explain your application to one of our friendly team members, we’ll be sure to get you in the perfect kit for your classic ride.  Upgrading your classic car’s brakes is a significant investment and our goal is keeping customers happy…and safe.  If we do this, you’ll have a new brake system that will serve you well for many years…and we’ll have a customer for life.  This combination is a win-win all the way around.  If you have questions, or need additional assistance, drop us a line or call us at 1-800-381-9772 and we’ll gladly lend a hand.

In case you are interested in the exact disc brake conversion kits referenced in this article, here you go....

1965 Ford Mustang Front Disc Brake Conversion Kit - Legend Series
1965 Ford Mustang Front Disc Brake Conversion Kit - Rallye Series (Kit A)
1965 Ford Mustang Front Disc Brake Conversion Kit - Pro Driver Series

Topics: classic cars, disc brake conversion kits, Mustang Disc Brakes, vinatage cars, Converting From Drum to Disc Brakes, Disc Brakes

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