Hotchkis Rear Leaf 1.5 drop install

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  1. giggity

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    Bought some front Hotchkis springs from member Huff...Got those installed.

    Old Big block springs, new Hotchkis Springs
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    painted calipers

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    big difference!!


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    Really nice work man. Patience and thinking through problems. Well done.
     
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    Very nice giggity ,I will be boing the same install, Hotchkis # 2408C Leafs, Right Stuff rear disc F70RD6S conversion plus 2 kit.
    (Worked with Rick L. Very nice guy) He set me up with MC prop v all hard lines F an R soft lines clips E brake cables etc. Now just waiting for US Canada boarder to open ,so I can meet a friend that built a 70 12 bolt for me. I am waiting on wheels an tires as disc conv. moves the wheel outbd. aprox 3/8 in. Thickness of rotor hat section, also purchased Cal tracs . Hotchkis subframe connectors we installed a month ago. So again thank you for the pictorial detail install.
    My 1st post on site, from my fone, dont use wife's computer, it's to smart for me.
     
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    I just did subframe connectors too...

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    nice install
     
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    I was told (by Patrick at Hotchkis) "you will feel the seat of the pants different's", an you do. Then I installed the front sway bar , an the same you feel it. Waiting for there adjustable shocks to com in from Fox , then I order, very nice suspension components.
     

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    got the same hotchkis kit for mine as well as the right stuff disk brakes.
    overall what do you think of the fit of the brake kit
     
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    The kit required machining of the plate to get it to line up straight. The flange on the 12 bolt wasnt 100% straight, causing the rotor to be slightly off. I think the better way of doing these kits would be to put big ford bearings on ends, when you cut the ends off, it gives you a true flange to bolt to, you should not have to machine it.

    Also the E-brake kind sucks, because I kept staggered shocks, the calipers were opposite to the shocks. the Drivers side e-brake was supposed to wrap around the axle, I could not get it to do that. I argued with Right Stuff over this , and they said " weve never heard of anyone else complaining about that" , after a quick google, I found several people with exact same issue.

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    I am not superised on fitment of aftermarket products, with the computer age some are real good ie Hotchkis an others , but some to most are still in the stone age. Iv been messing with this stuff since mid 70s , an going into conversion projects , I take it with a grain of salt. I'll be doing same soon as I can get Diff
     
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    I kinda went cheap on it, and thats what you get. Part of my dilemma was wheels. If I had 18 wheels already, I probably would have bought a willwood kit, which would have cost probably in the 2000 range to change all rotors, calipers, and put a hydroboost on. because the rims where 15 inch, I was limited. So I went cheap because not many kits fit inside a 15inch wheel anymore, and maybe later after I get the car on the road and driving Ill splurge on a Willwood kit. And they claim the parts are compatible with a 78 trans am if I need to buy anything. It would be completely aesthetic though, the setup I have now should be plenty of braking for what ill be doing with car.
     

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