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Converting Diagonal to Front/Rear brakes.....

While I'm in the "brake" mode.....
This is something that I'm considering doing as it seems that the later models have a better braking system than the earlier ones with the diagonal braking system. Any thoughts on this?
Does the switch occur at the junction and another p.valve (Spidertrax) is required?
Or, is this thought just folly?
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Re: Converting Diagonal to Front/Rear brakes.....

Hi Crow,

I got front / rear split.

There is one line to the rear axle where one wheel cylinder has pipe from what would be the bleed nipple on your rig to the opposite wheel cylinder.

Pressure reducing valve is mounted on frame just infront of rear wheel arch.

The fronts are commoned up at the chassis mounting tab where solid pipe meets flex pipe to caliper.

As for which system is better ?

Well seems all modern cars have diag system, my thoughts are that it gives a balanced front / rear operation durring a front line failure, but how often do we rip out a brake line and rely on the dual systems redundantcy.
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Re: Converting Diagonal to Front/Rear brakes.....

I also want to do it, but my reason is different. I want front/rear bracking so that I can put a linelock on the front and rear.
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Re: Converting Diagonal to Front/Rear brakes.....

Crow, go to the site that I am adding. It got some info about doing the brake lines to get front and rear. Go down to the assembly part and read and look at the pictures.
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Re: Converting Diagonal to Front/Rear brakes.....

Here in England many go to left side / right side split then put hydraulic handbrakes on each side.

We then use the brakes for tight competition turns.
They can then turn like Tanks.
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Re: Converting Diagonal to Front/Rear brakes.....

Thanks! I've been looking at that. Here's another question...

Metric flaring tools...Which one would be a good buy/quality and what size should I be looking for? I'm guessing 4.5mm-10mm, but I could be wrong....
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Re: Converting Diagonal to Front/Rear brakes.....

Crow, the last double flaring kit that I bought was a SnapOn. It had the metric and standard on it and was not cheap. Go to the part house and check out the prices.
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Re: Converting Diagonal to Front/Rear brakes.....

Crow,
Just under the starter there should be the line splitter , it's just a block mounted to the frame . If you follow the path of the lines, you will see how they are divided up . I had a '87 soft top that was split diagonally, I just swapped around two of the lines on that block to get it to f/r split in one easy 5 minute fix . Also, for guys that don't like the later style single rear bleeder , just replace the passenger side wheel cylinder with a driver's side style . This eliminates having to chase the air over to the passenger side cylinder making it a lot easier to bleed the brakes .
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