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Discussion in 'VB - VK Holden Commodore (1978 - 1985)' started by Lewie, May 4, 2009.

  1. Lewie

    Lewie B Cast and flat topped!

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    Hey Guys, I've been looking around for some info on doing a brake conversion on my 1983 VH 6cyl. I've figured on swapping front and rear with VT setup including the brake master cylinder but I can't find any info specifically how to do it. Found lots on VK but nothing VH. I'd be looking at getting the bits and pieces from a wrecker and freshening them up then fitting them. What will I need? Obviously a new set of pads and disks are on the cards.

    Has anyone else done this and can they share their experiences. Or, in case I missed it, can someone point me in the right direction within the forums.

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    im running the vt upgrade on the front in my vh. you will need discs, calipers, pads, new brake lines(if there still originals), hub adaptors and new bearings. you can run it with a 1" master cylinder but a vt master and booster are slightly bigger and give a slightly better pedal.
     
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    i did the VE upgrade on my VP, LOve it, gotta put 17's or bigger wheels on tho, but they work mint..

    they where a pretty straight swap pack i got came with hub adapters , discs, callipers and pads and new brake lines.

    i didnt need to change my master or brake booster, mine works fine, but some have said they get a bit of extra pedal travel..
     
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    Not_An_Abba_Fan Exhaust Guru

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    No, they shouldn't. They fit on in lieu of the original rotors as they have integral bearings.
     
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    Hi Lewie,

    What's your budget? A VE twin pot conversion would definitely be a worthwhile upgrade for sure.

    Regards,
    Greg
     
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    Lewie B Cast and flat topped!

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    My budget is not too flash. But what I lack in funds I make up for in patience. I was thinking about hunting around some wreckers for the parts I need and freshening them up as much as I can and handing them over to a pro if necessary. This project will be more of a learning process for me. Although it will be my daily driver when it's done.

    What would I be looking at for a VE conversion?
     
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    Not_An_Abba_Fan Exhaust Guru

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    They come in different size rotors and are different prices. What size rims do you have?
     
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    Lewie B Cast and flat topped!

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    Only standard original rims. 15s maybe? What ever they came out with is what's on it at the moment. I know that will have to change though but I will buy rims to fit over the brakes when the time comes. I'll be putting in a V8 down the track so I'm upgrading with that in mind
     
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    in that case save for the ve brakes mine were 700 and something dollars, i think min wheel size is 17 inch , but never seen mine car pull up like this before, just about put me thru the windscreen lol - im in same boat doin up my car , but doin replacements with the upgrades in mind in the future
     
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    Each kit includes pads, rotors, calipers, brake lines, brackets, and instructions...

    - 298mm Standard Rotors $815
    - 298mm Slotted Rotors $855
    - 322mm Standard Rotors $895
    - 322mm Slotted Rotors $945

    The VE kits for VT's are a bit cheaper than they are for the earlier models...
     
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    Lewie B Cast and flat topped!

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    Thanks for that info glsrallysport. Are those prices for all 4 corners? And I'm guessing this is through your company. Does this include a master cylinder? Am I right in assuming the standard VH setup would not cope with this upgrade. Can this sort of thing be done in the garage?
     
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    Those kits only for the front. The kit is complete from RDA, but we're stockist of it. Doesn't include master as I don't beleive it needs it with the VE calipers (which aren't as big as VT).

    Should be a fairly easy talk in a garage if you're handy. It's a bolt on kit so no modification required as far as I'm aware.
     
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    Lewie B Cast and flat topped!

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    Hi all, just a quick update and question.

    Firstly I have a VK 10 bolt Salsbury diff, discs inclusive, with new bearings and seals. VH handbrake cable for discs. A pair of adapter hubs for the front with new bearings. Almost new VT front calipers and SS master cylinder and booster and, when the tax cheque arrives, new slotted rotor front and back.

    Now, my question is will the Original VT brake lines be suitable to install with this setup or do I need different ones? I ask because I've heard of having to change the break lines when doing this conversion but I don't know if this is from the VH ones to VT or something different.
     
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    Lewie B Cast and flat topped!

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    Anyone know about the VT brake lines? Are they suitable for use on a VH for the upgrade?
     
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    i dunno but i did the vlt upgrade and my car pulls up pretty quick
     
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    Lewie B Cast and flat topped!

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    Does anyone know if I can use the VT hoses on my VH?
     
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    call kent brakes port road woodville pk he should be able to help ya he gets brakes in cheap to
     

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