Project American Heroes III Baer 6P Caliper Brakes Install - Thirty-Two Pistons And Counting

Arvid Svendsen Apr 29, 2010 0 Comment(s)

Just when you thought the supercharged LSA engine in Project American Heroes III was the absolute pinnacle of high-tech equipment slated for our '70 Chevelle, along comes Baer Brakes with its new 6P calipers and Pro-Plus braking systems. The Baer 6P caliper features a six-piston configuration that delivers increased driver control (modulation) and more immediate onset. The Chevelle is not necessarily a lightweight, so strong braking is absolutely essential for providing all-around performance capability to match the 556 hp under the hood.

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The newly designed Baer 6P caliper might not be deemed necessary for some enthusiasts, and if your car is limited to Friday night ice cream stand duty, that might be true. But for a growing number of Chevelle builders who are convinced of the need for a no compromise brake system, consider the benefits of having the stiffest possible caliper design in the industry provided by the Baer Pro-Plus system.

The six stainless pistons in the caliper reduce thermal transfer from the caliper and pads into the brake fluid. Additionally, the Baer 6P caliper is engineered with six cross-bolts to maximize caliper stiffness and rigidity. Caliper stiffness is simply the ability of the caliper to maintain its shape under the stress and heat of all braking situations. Inconsistency in the pad to rotor interface will compromise braking force, and distort driver feel at the pedal.

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The max effort Pro-Plus system for the Chevelle also includes the choice of 13- or 14-inch rotors. We "choiced" 14-inchers, thank you very much. The Baer Brakes EradiSpeed rotors are cross-drilled, slotted and zinc-coated. The high-quality iron materials result in rotors with faster thermal recovery, increased heat absorption, increased friction and lower wear, with a lifetime guarantee against warping. Poor quality rotors can warp on their first serious braking experience-many have learned that the hard way. Baer brakes and rotors at all four corners mean consistent, high performance braking for street and track-day event driving.

If you're thinking you don't want to mess with big, heavy, honkin' brake parts, the Baer 6Ps weigh in at a lightweight 6.5 pounds. As an added bonus, they employ the same OE pad that is found on C5 and C6 Corvettes. We're not only talking about pads that are easy to find, but a wide selection of pad compounds ranging from street to full race.

With our brakes installed, Boze Alloys Velocity wheels were bolted up, and look stunning. The six-spoke design, proudly made in the USA, has been enhanced with the crests from each of the six branches of the armed forces. These things should be on display in a jewelry store-they are that pretty. But these wheels are precision built, and Boze offers custom fitments and finishes to all its customers. For our application, we went with 18x8 rims up front and 18x9 aft.

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The good people at Toyo Tire stepped up to supply the rubber for our high performance A-body. After all, a high-performance car needs tires to match. In this instance, we will be using Toyo Proxes 4 all around, 245/40ZR18 and 275/35ZR18, front and rear respectively.

The wheels look amazing, and the Toyo Tires will get the power to the ground. PAH III is shaping up at Route 66 Motorsports and the time when the Chevelle rumbles up the platform at the Palm Beach Barrett-Jackson Collector Car Auction is coming. Remember, all proceeds will benefit the Armed Forces Foundation, so grab your checkbook and tax return, and register to be a bidder, and buy the PAH III Chevelle.

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