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Brake Conversion Shawnee KS

Local resource for brake conversion in Shawnee, KS. Includes detailed information on local businesses that give access to brake conversion kits, brake parts, single piston drum to disc conversion kits, stainless steel brakes, and high performance disc brake kits, as well as advice and content on brake conversion.

Gates Automotive
(913) 826-6436
11509 Strang Line Rd
OLATHE, KS
Hours
Monday 8:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Tuesday 8:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Wednesday 8:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Thursday 8:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Friday 8:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Saturday 8:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Sunday Closed
Memberships and Certifications
Certifications : ASE
Services
Air Conditioning/Heating, Alignment, Alternator, Battery, Belts & Hoses, Catalytic Converter, Clutch Cylinder, Cooling System, Diagnostics, Drive Belt, Electrical System, Exhaust Systems, Filters & Fluids, Fuel Injector, Fuel Pump, Fuel System, Head Gasket, Headlight/Headlamp, High Performance Service, Ignition, Inspection, Muffler, Oil Pan, Oil Pump, Oxygen Sensor, Parts, Radiator, Restoration Service, Shocks & Struts, Spark Plugs, Starter, Thermostat, Timing Belt, Tune-Up, Water Pump, Window M
Service Types and Repair
Acura, Aston Martin, Audi, Auto Clutch, Auto Drivetrain, Auto Engine, Auto Interior, Auto, Bentley, BMW, Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet, Chrysler, Classic Car, Diesel Engine, Dodge, Emergency Auto, Exotic Car, Fiat, Ford, GMC, Harley Davidson, Honda, Hyundai, Infiniti, Isuzu, Jaguar, Jeep, Kia, Land Rover, Lexus, Lincoln, Lotus, Mazda, Mercedes Benz, Mitsubishi, Motorcycle/ATV, Nissan, Oldsmobile, Pontiac, Porsche, RV/Bus, Saab, Saturn, Small Engine, Subaru, Suzuki, Toyota, Truck, Volkswagen, Volvo

Brian's Auto
(913) 667-9932
19453 W 151st Terrace
Olathe, KS
Hours
Monday 8:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Tuesday 8:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Wednesday 8:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Thursday 8:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Friday 8:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Saturday Closed
Sunday Closed
Memberships and Certifications
Certifications : ASE
Services
Air Conditioning/Heating, Alignment, Alternator, Battery, Belts & Hoses, Catalytic Converter, Clutch Cylinder, Cooling System, Diagnostics, Drive Belt, Electrical System, Exhaust Systems, Filters & Fluids, Fuel Injector, Fuel Pump, Fuel System, Head Gasket, Headlight/Headlamp, High Performance Service, Ignition, Inspection, Muffler, Oil Pan, Oil Pump, Oxygen Sensor, Parts, Radiator, Restoration Service, Shocks & Struts, Spark Plugs, Starter, Thermostat, Timing Belt, Tune-Up, Water Pump, Window M
Service Types and Repair
Acura, Aston Martin, Audi, Auto Clutch, Auto Drivetrain, Auto Engine, Auto Interior, Auto, Bentley, BMW, Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet, Chrysler, Classic Car, Diesel Engine, Dodge, Emergency Auto, Exotic Car, Fiat, Ford, GMC, Harley Davidson, Honda, Hyundai, Infiniti, Isuzu, Jaguar, Jeep, Kia, Land Rover, Lexus, Lincoln, Lotus, Mazda, Mercedes Benz, Mitsubishi, Motorcycle/ATV, Nissan, Oldsmobile, Pontiac, Porsche, RV/Bus, Saab, Saturn, Small Engine, Subaru, Suzuki, Toyota, Truck, Volkswagen, Volvo

Car X Auto Service
(913) 782-2521
800 E Santa Fe
Olathe, KS
Services
Oil Change and Lube,Brake Repair,Electrical Repair,Mufflers Repair,Retail Tire

Horsepower automotive
(913) 602-3263
1400 ridgeway
Olathe, KS
Services
Oil Change and Lube,Brake Repair,Fabrication and Restoration,Mufflers Repair

Harvey Automotive LLC
(913) 299-8717
7525 Leavenworth Road
Kansas City, KS
Services
Oil Change and Lube,Auto Repair,Brake Repair,Transmission Repair

Anderson Automotive
(913) 489-7835
19745 West 159th St
Olathe, KS
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Hours
Monday 7:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Tuesday 7:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Wednesday 7:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Thursday 7:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Friday 7:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Saturday 7:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Sunday Closed
Memberships and Certifications
Certifications : ASA, ASE
Services
Air Conditioning/Heating, Alignment, Belts & Hoses, Cooling System, Electrical System, Exhaust Systems, Fuel System, Inspection, Shocks & Struts, Tune-Up, Brakes, Full Service Mechanic, Oil Change, Tires, Transmissions
Service Types and Repair
Acura, Aston Martin, Audi, Auto Drivetrain, Auto Interior, Auto, Bentley, BMW, Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet, Chrysler, Dodge, Fiat, Ford, GMC, Honda, Hyundai, Infiniti, Isuzu, Jaguar, Jeep, Kia, Land Rover, Lexus, Lincoln, Lotus, Mazda, Mercedes Benz, Mitsubishi, Nissan, Oldsmobile, Pontiac, Porsche, Saab, Saturn, Subaru, Suzuki, Toyota, Volkswagen, Volvo

Cottman Transmission
(913) 631-3990
6320 Nieman Rd
Shawnee, KS
Services
Oil Change and Lube,Towing Service,AC and Heating Repair,Auto Repair,Brake Repair,Electrical Repair,Mufflers Repair,Transmission Repair

D and JS Automotive LLC
(913) 712-9140
312 West Santa Fe Street, # 5
Olathe, KS
Services
Brake Repair,Transmission Repair

Cars Plus
(913) 780-2222
375 N Ridgeview Road
Olathe, KS
Services
Brake Repair,Engine Repair

Spruyttes Inc
(913) 782-5520
200 S Kansas Avenue
Olathe, KS
Services
Brake Repair

Aftermarket Disc Brake Install

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Decades before Jim Carrey's now famous "Somebody stop me" line was uttered in the comic movie "The Mask," many drivers were probably thinking the same thing when braking their early Pontiac musclecars. In fact, not until 1967 did Pontiac even offer a front disc-brake option. Rear discs were not an option until 1979, and then only with the WS6 package. In 1964, metallic drum brakes were available on the GTO, but suffered from a malady then known as "morning sickness." In other words, until you warmed up the brakes, the car was downright dangerous to drive in a must-stop scenario.

Factory disc brakes were quite an improvement. However, many racers still turned to the aftermarket for lighter brakes in order to improve their front-to-rear weight distribution. Unfortunately, most of these lightweight kits were not suited to street driving. In addition, some of these early conversions required a great deal of home engineering to install in certain vehicles. All that has mercifully changed.

When it came time to arm the re-created 1966 Pontiac GTO "GeeTO Tiger" with sufficient stopping power to match its superior horsepower, we called Stainless Steel Brakes in Clarence, NY, provider of a wide variety of conversion kits. For the front, we ordered the Super Duty A 123-6 Disc-Brake Kit. For the rear, however, we thought we might have a problem. The Moser 12-bolt rear end we obtained was assembled with Ford bearings and flanges. The Stainless Steel A 125 disc brake conversion kit was available for the traditional 12-bolt. Fortunately, Stainless provided us with special mounting brackets to accommodate our particular rear end.

Author: Dave Anderson

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Disc Brake Upgrade for GM 12-Bolt

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Despite volumes written about the legendary prowess of '60s musclecars, the legends always seem to gloss over some serious engineering shortcomings of the era. Brake packages were often, in a word, terrifying. One good shot was most of what you got if you were lucky. After that it was white-knuckle time when it came to stopping fast and that was with a powerplant kicking out factory horsepower. Brake fade was the name of the game. Add a cam, some carb, headers and exhaust, and stopping becomes even more elusive. While drum brakes are great for stopping lumbering buses and dump trucks, they're no good for gas-huffing musclecars.

The good news is that it's never been easier to upgrade your '60s- or '70s-era GM musclecar to a disc brake package. Stepping up to serious stopping power with disc brakes on all four corners is as easy as picking up the phone, opening a box, and spending an afternoon under the car spinning wrenches. While upgrading the front brakes is usually a simple matter of a spindle swap, working out back requires removal of the rear axles in order to get down far enough to remove the drum backing plates. The perfect time to upgrade is when you have to service the bearings, axles, or rear gears. Pulling that brake drum off and discovering that gear oil has glazed over your brake shoes like a day old donut might be a good time to switch rather than fight.

Upgrading or reconfiguring any stock braking system requires a methodical system approach, and attention to detail. Bolting up a brake kit without taking into account the condition of the entire system from master cylinder to bleed screw may be the last mistake you ever make. Spanky new calipers and rotors won't help if connected to ancient brake lines, spent fluid, and a spongy master cylinder. When upgrading to discs on the corners, don't forget to inspect and replace lines if required. Adding an adjustable proportioning valve while the hydraulic system is apart is also a good idea, and will allow for tuning of the front to rear braking ratio after everything is buttoned up. Life absent of unexpected sideways braking is always a good thing.

Author: Mike Bumbeck

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