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Tri-Five Electric Master Cylinder - Bust Your Old Booster...

...And Switch to an Electric Unit

By: Grant Peterson, Mike Harrington, Photography by Grant Peterson, Mike Harrington

Yeah, you might look pretty cool doin' that smoky burnout and launching down the street at light speed. But how cool are you going to look when you wad it up at the end because you couldn't stop in time? Thankfully, brake manufacturers are catching up with all the power that's been coming from engine builders these days. It's not uncommon to go to a car show and see a Tri-Five with 500-plus hp. Now there are brakes so big they won't fit behind a stock rim, and with calipers that have more pistons than I have fingers. None of these attributes are bad; in fact, they're great. Enthusiasts are building outstanding all-around performance machines with the cool stuff that aftermarket companies are producing. Everything is working together like it's supposed to, raising the bar on fun while being safe.

Imagine the blacktop rocket you built has too much cam and vacuum issues, or you simply want to clean and sanitize your engine bay by hiding that big ugly booster, or you want those high-end calipers to operate at the best possible PSI.

At ABS, they have been working hard over the years to bring us innovative brake systems. One of the most recent products they've created is an Electric High Power Master Cylinder. This system has an electric vacuum pump and a high-pressure accumulator, eliminating the need for a brake booster that pulls vacuum from the engine. Not only is ABS' brand-new master cylinder good looking and effective, you can also get a remote fill unit for the master cylinder in tight spaces.

If you are having a hard time holding back your horsepower, call or stop by ABS. They have a shop full of well-trained brake specialists and a warehouse packed with innovative, hard-to-find parts to help you get as much performance from your car's binders as you do from the horsepower.

Before we got started, we found a '56 Nomad that was having a few issues with stopping. We took the Nomad out to the track to see what kind of 60-0 mph numbers it would crunch. The best we could get the Nomad to come to a halt was at 185.42 feet. After we threw on the ABS electric master cylinder, we headed back out to the track, where we shrank the 60-0 mph feet down to 174.16 feet with only a booster swap. Considering the swap is an easy way to spend the afternoon, and yields better performing results, we're going to have go ahead and say it's worth the while!

ABS Power Brake
By Grant Peterson, Mike Harrington
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