5. To install the Wilwood brakes, we contacted Classic Performance Products in Orange, California for a brake line and fitting kit (PN SLS-04). Here, Source Interlink’s Jason Scudellari uses his masterful line bending skills to plumb our Chevelle’s rearend.
6. Notice how the bleeders on the calipers are located on both sides? That’s because the calipers are interchangeable, but you still have to bleed them from the top.
7. The brake pads used in Wilwood’s kits are an exclusive semi-metallic blend, however many different configurations are available. We also really like the retaining clips on these since they allow for quick and easy brake pad swaps.
8. The rear brakes on our Chevelle feature four-piston Dynapro calipers, while the front brakes grab with six. Vehicles do most braking with the front anyway, and it’s a small compromise for being able to run adequate drag wheels.
9. The front brakes we chose for the Chevelle utilize a 13-inch diameter rotor, which give your braking ability tremendous leverage. Unlike the factory discs we had, this setup can bring our 3,600 pound muscle machine to a halt in a hurry.
10. According to Jason Scudellari, bolting up the Wilwood brakes to our Detroit Speed spindles was a breeze. Once the wheel bearings were properly packed, it was only a matter of sliding on the rotor, bolting up the caliper bracket, positioning the caliper, slipping in the pads, then finally hooking up the brake line.
11. However, since these are fixed rotors, Scudellari had to shim the caliper so that the pads are centered around the disc, making sure one side didn’t grab more than the other.
12. Cragar sent us some of their classic 5-spokes to show off on the Chevelle.
13. The 18x9.5-inch Cragars we’re running in the rear are for the autocross competitions we’ll be entering in this year, but we plan to try some drag radials on it at some point.
14. Wilwood’s proportioning valvle (PN 260-8419) was used to balance the Chevelle’s new brakes, front to rear. We’ll likely fine-tune how the brakes engage with this component at the autocross.
15. On the street, we noticed a huge difference in braking distance over the factory setup. Although the brakes we had were new, the Wilwood stuff blew it out of the water in terms of performance. This meant we could drive the car confidently, and if we had to make a sudden stop to, let’s say, avoid a rogue driver, we could with Wilwood’s powerful binders.