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Old 06-22-2019, 07:00 PM
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I just finished up my 5th annual condition inspection and my extra project this year was to do a brake upgrade.

Write up and photos are on my blog.

Basic story is for about $300 you can install thicker brake discs on your OEM Matco calipers and wheels and get much better braking capacity. I've seen other threads on VAF that discuss this type of an upgrade, but it involved making spacers and trimming down the wheel nuts to make it fit. I found a nice way to make it work without all of that.
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Old 06-24-2019, 07:02 AM
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Very nice upgrade
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Old 06-24-2019, 07:48 AM
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Great description of the mod Bruce thanks. I thought about thicker rotors couple years ago but amount of work required stopped me. I am on my recently replaced fourth set of stock discs and previous one wasn't worn much. A good friend is reconditioning them for me.

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Old 06-24-2019, 08:31 AM
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Excellent job! My question is why doesn’t Van’s have this as part of the standard kit? As vitally important as good breaking is, and the fact that there’s no other modifications required, this is a must have, no-brainer, upgrade. This couldn’t add but maybe a few extra dollars to the kit price...if any at all. After reading your wright-up, and assuming that this would be the same modification required for a tail dragger, I’m going to incorporate these thicker rotors into my -7 build right off the bat. Thanks!!
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Old 06-24-2019, 11:17 AM
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Nice work, Bruce! I might do that when it comes time to replace the stock rotors.
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Old 06-24-2019, 12:13 PM
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I just finished up my 5th annual condition inspection and my extra project this year was to do a brake upgrade.

Write up and photos are on my blog.

Basic story is for about $300 you can install thicker brake discs on your OEM Matco calipers and wheels and get much better braking capacity. I've seen other threads on VAF that discuss this type of an upgrade, but it involved making spacers and trimming down the wheel nuts to make it fit. I found a nice way to make it work without all of that.
Did the same 3, 4 years ago. This was one of the most cost-effective performance upgrades I've done on my plane.
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Old 06-24-2019, 02:47 PM
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Nice write-up Bruce. Are the rotors and spacers in production? I can't find the part numbers on your site listed on Matco's site.

Qty 2 – WHLD164-017HE – ROTOR, BRAKE DISC HIGH ENERGY
Qty 2 – WHLBSPE5L – SPACER, Long CALIPER E-SERIES
Qty 4 – MSCAN4-22A – BOLT

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Old 06-24-2019, 05:03 PM
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You need to call Matco. They don’t have these parts listed on the web site.
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Old 06-24-2019, 05:11 PM
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....I can't find the part numbers on your site listed on Matco's site.

Qty 2 – WHLD164-017HE – ROTOR, BRAKE DISC HIGH ENERGY
Qty 2 – WHLBSPE5L – SPACER, Long CALIPER E-SERIES
Qty 4 – MSCAN4-22A – BOLT

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I called them and the young lady that I spoke with said that those were valued part numbers and that they do in fact have those parts in stock. They were about to close so I wasn’t able to talk to the main guy that could confirm if those are in fact the correct and only parts that’s needed for the upgrade. I’m going to call them back tomorrow to to confirm everything is correct and place my order.
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Old 06-24-2019, 05:19 PM
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I pulled the part numbers off my invoice so they should be valid!
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