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Old 10-06-2003, 09:46 PM   #1
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are there any rear disk brakes from other cars or bonnevills that can be put on a 92 sse. I would love to get rid of the drums in back and maybe this will help keep the front from warping as fast. please tell me what parts from what cars will work like if I need to change the master cylinder and what backing plates will work and things like that thank
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I don't think you need to go thru all that expense just so your front rotors don't warp. I think your problem maybe resolved by 1.) manually adjusting the rear brakes properly and 2.) Use OE or better rotors and pads up front.
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how do you adjust the drums i have a 94 sse?
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there is a little gear after you take the outter drum part off...least on my 92 there is...then there is a gear type thing in there with a clip like on it...you pull out the little clip and spin the gear with a flat head screw driver to the right position...then bleed after....
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You're making the adjustment way too complicated.

All you need to do is take the wheel off, leave the drum on, and behind the backing plate you will find a slot that should have a rubber plug in it, it may be gone. Stick a flat (regular) screwdriver in the slot, and I can't remember if you pry up or down, but one direction will turn the toothed adjuster and spread the shoes out to touch the drum. You want the shoes to just touch the drum so when you spin the wheel, it still turns freely, but you'll hear it scraping on the shoes. You don't want it too tight, or you'll overheat the brakes and lower your mileage.

I've looked into swapping rear discs in too, and there'* not a simple swap in. There are kits you can buy, but they're very expensive. ($1300?) It'* not worth it, and the rear brakes are not the reason your rotors are warping. Rear discs wouldn't solve that problem.
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that wwasnt on mine we looked!!!!!!
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we all know that the automatic adjuster doesnt always work. i slam on the brakes from time to time backing out of my drive way and still they dont always adjust. i was just looking to see if there were direct swap from other cars to the 92 bonneville. i went to rear disk on my 81 z28 and what a difference that made. just thought i would ask.
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that wwasnt on mine we looked!!!!!!
They're probably there, it'* just that they way you Minnesnowtans pave your roads with salt in the winter, the slots are probably corroded shut. I'm surprised your hub hasn't rusted off.
Poke around back there, you'll find it.

'sse for me' is right, those automatic adjustors get stuck, especially in a place like Minnesquito. It wouldn't hurt to pull the drum and spray a can of brake cleaner on the whole works.
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