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#61 mainer311

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Posted Yesterday, 02:15 AM

Well, I drove this thing all over town yesterday, and now I'm longing for disc brakes. I took it for a state inspection and it passed no problem. I noticed that the brakes got progressively more "jerky" as the day went on. The new drum that I put on in the rear was getting HOT, so I backed it off a little bit.

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Posted Yesterday, 04:08 AM

And by jerky, I mean they pulsate. It's not horrible, but it makes me think that something isn't right.

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Posted Yesterday, 04:20 AM

Ya the joy of drums... I did the front disk conversion on mine and added the dual master..... much nicer... I left the drums in the rear just so I didn't have to deal with rigging up an ebrake.....
Do you think you'll take the 521 to that car show? I'm dieing to see another 521 in person.....

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Posted Yesterday, 04:49 AM

Japanese car day at Larz? I'm not sure yet. Would be fun to take the truck, but I need to get these brakes sorted and the bench seat is killing my back. Whoever did the reupholstery did a crap ass job and the bench is super squishy. That coconut hair crap is awful. I can't believe they put that stuff back in.

This winter I'll be doing a disc conversion. Crash, what M/C did you decide to go with?

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Posted Yesterday, 05:05 AM

I'll dig out the part number...
I had to buy one of mike klotz pushrods to go with it. He had 2.... one longer than the other.. I think i should have bought the longer one because if the master I chose. It worked perfect but I was at the ends of the adjustment.

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Posted Yesterday, 05:20 AM

Stock drums work well if adjusted properly and in good shape.  I'm not saying don't do discs, just that the drums aren't as poor as some people will lead you to believe.


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Posted Yesterday, 05:28 AM

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This is what I bought... you can find new for the same price as remanufactured so look around....
And the pushrod is up to you.. if you got the longer one you could probably grind the end down to shorten it... but the recommended one did work....
dont know if you know his web sight...
http://www.bluehandsinc.com/

Also has brake upgrades and bearing mod stuff...
An fyi The front inner wheel bearing is wrong where ever you buy it...
He makes a spacer so we can use an available inner wheel bearing,
# 32kb02-11b

The stock part for the 521...
Nachi 32kb02S1... these can be found on ebay.... there are some full kits that are being sold that are correct...

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Posted Yesterday, 05:38 AM

And I just looked at his web sight...
The longer pushrod is listed for a 411... looks to have the same clip as what he sells for the 521... again just looks like a longer rod to me.....

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Posted Yesterday, 05:41 AM

Thanks for the heads up. Mike's front kit is nice since he includes the spacers.

Mike, if you're reading this, what do you have in stock right now? Are any of the old steel kits kicking around, or just aluminum now?

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Posted Yesterday, 08:25 AM

Depending on what your plans are for rims.. beebani's kits are also out there... that's what I used...
I believe you need atleast 15" rims for his to work....
Mike's are nice because they allow a different hub to be used also.... not sure what's needed or what that gives you...
I only found out about him only I joined ratsun, but he does make nice stuff...
I only bought his pushrod and bearing spacer...

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Posted Yesterday, 09:09 AM

I'm swinging two ways right now: 18" Titan steelies, or 15x7" these:

https://www.uswheel....white-series-66

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Posted Yesterday, 10:07 AM

I like those white one but aren't they the wrong lug pattern?

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Posted Yesterday, 01:23 PM

They have many options.

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Posted Yesterday, 01:45 PM

I definitely like the white ones then, they would definitely fit the truck as far as look... they have a classic look to them...
I feel the Titan rims have been done, plus i think the smaller 15s vs th 18s look better on these trucks...

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Posted Today, 02:34 AM

i have the mike klotz disc brake kit and push rod on my 521 and drum brakes on rear