Wilwood Brake Install - Unfair Floats Away

This month we cover the floating rear setup in our 200-mph ’69 Camaro

John Parsons Jul 26, 2011 0 Comment(s)
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Along with removing the requirement to keep the wheel flange aligned with the axle, Moser's floating setup moves the rotor away from the wheel flange. Instead, the rotor attaches to a rotor adapter mounted inboard of the wheel flange and directly on top of the bearing housing. This arrangement reduces lateral rotor movement during maneuvers to effectively zero.

Custom Parts

When we started to do research into floater kits, we found that Moser has a Grand National setup that can be had with 35-spline axles, which we need in order to hang on to 1,300 hp in drag racing mode. Unfortunately, Moser's GN kit only supports smaller rotors, since circle track racing is limited to 15-inch wheels. We also had a problem in that floater kits have no reluctor or wheel sensor capability other than using the rotor adapter bolts. This would only give us five signals per revolution, while the folks at RaceLogic told us that we really needed 30 signals per revolution for the best possible performance.

Given this "almost there" state of affairs, I contacted a local CNC machinist. Armed with Moser's original rotor adapters, a technical drawing from Wilwood for their big rotors, and a sketch of how a reluctor could be integrated into the design, we were able to make some rotor adapters that solved both the reluctor and large-diameter rotor adapter problems. During assembly, the custom parts bolted up with no issues, which is very important to help avoid balance issues at high speeds.

To complete our rear suspension setup, we contacted RideTech for a set of its new triple-adjustable shocks. Armed with such great shock adjustability, we should be able to switch modes from drag racing to road racing just by switching the shock adjustment. Even if we do have to change springs, the RideTech parts will make that a quick and easy swap, even at the track.

No story about Project Unfair is complete without some fabrication, and this one is no exception-we had to fashion custom brackets with which to bolt the calipers. I used an All Star Performance bracket to start, but had to modify it slightly so it would bolt to Wilwood's radial mount bracket.

The caliper bracket also provides a convenient spot to mount a tab for the wheel speed sensor.

Have a glance at the photos to get a close-up look at how a floating axle setup works and how we adapted Moser's GN setup for use with Wilwood's huge rear brake kit.

An astute reader will notice that there isn't an emergency or parking brake in our setup. Many enthusiasts will be OK without one, and I know I rarely use mine-I just put the car in gear to keep it from rolling away. However, that's not good enough. Not only is a parking brake useful, but many states require one to pass inspection in order to get tags to drive the car on the street. I've found a solution for the parking brake, but it is different than what one might think.

First, let's back up. Most of us use "emergency brake" and "parking brake" interchangeably, but they are different things. The U.S. Department of Transportation allows that using separate hydraulic circuits for front and rear brakes meets the definition of an emergency brake, since it is unlikely that two hydraulic failures will happen simultaneously. Since we took that one step further and used separate master cylinders for the front and rear brakes, we are covered for an emergency brake.

That leaves the concept of a parking brake. A parking brake is used to keep a car from rolling away while on an incline/decline, or to keep in place during jacking or trailering operations. Take a look at the photo above. It's a mechanical hydraulic line lock designed for holding hydraulic pressure until released. To use, one presses the brake pedal, then depresses the plunger. Doing so will hold the hydraulic pressure until it is released by simply pushing the brake pedal again. We're going to use this hydraulic lock as a classic parking brake by plumbing it into the rear brakes and using the rear calipers both for normal braking operations and for a parking brake. - John Parsons

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Wilwood Engineering
Camarillo, CA 93012
Jasper, IN 47546
Moser Engineering
Portland, IN 47371
Prodigy Customs
Apopka, FL
II Much Fabrication
Germantown, MD




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