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- Jun 2, 2017
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- North Jersey
I had an issue with one of the Wilwood rotors going bad about 2 months after they were installed. I have a thread here about it and it drove me nuts for 14 months until I said Eff it and bought another rotor and pad kit. That fixed the problem. No more issues. Not sure if it was my bad luck or Wilwood quality dropping, but you may want to look at Brembo and Stop Tech for a BBK. I ended up with the Tx6R kit from Wilwood. The calipers are massive and stopping is ridiculously good - night and day between OWM and these. Zero brake fade even after all 6 runs in 90 degree heat. I just have a bad taste in my mouth cause of my experience and Wilwood's lack of interest in trying to help me fix the problem. However, I know 75% of hot rodders use Wilwoods vs the other brands.Playing on a track is fun for sure. I go to the Ridge in Washington, it's a 2.5 mile track. Haven't taken my Yukon (6.2L 10 speed) to a track yet but living in Oregon I have many curvy backroads I drive on daily. The combo of massive Hellwig swaybars & the Belltech 2"(spindle) front & 3"(spring) rear drop has transformed the handling. Now I want bigger brakes & better tires.
Curious about the pro/cons on the front drop spindles vs control arm/springs. What tires/rim width were you running?
Running 2Crave No 47 24x9.5 with a 31+ offset. They stick out just a hair from the fenders and only rub on full lock with 305/35s. I could have gone 295/35 to avoid the rubs, but NJ has massive potholes and didn't want to end up having to have my wheels re-rounded out every 6 months. Also - for the love of God - don't get chrome wheels.
I have Falken tires. Not the best but they were reasonably priced and V rated - hardly anyone makes a W or V rated tire in 24". Best to go with 22's so you have more options on tires (I didn't realize that when I bought the 24s.) 22's will let you get Pirelli, Nitto, Hankook and host of other tire brands that make SUV sport tires, if you want a summer tire, or even the option of high speed tire (ZR rated - 168mph+)
Thinking about going back to the factory spindles and getting the adjustable tubular A-arms from DJM. Depends on how much more autoX i am going to do with this big beast. Prolly won't race again until fall with the exception of hitting a drag strip. I had actually planned on a full rebuild of the 5.3 when she hit 120k cause the Whipple will need an oi change...thought it would be a good time as any to freshen up the bottom end, make it spin faster, up the boost to 10 or 12, and throw on a better cam and heads package.
I haven't hit a 1/4 mile strip yet and need to see what she's got. My '00 TA with bolt ons ran a 13.6, and the truck "feels" faster. Could be cause of the boost hitting but I'd like to know how she does regardless.