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Mike_R
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From: Indianapolis, IN 46237
Registered: Feb 2001

posted 09-30-2002 10:23 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Mike_R   Click Here to Email Mike_R     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I know there have been some discussions about the aluminum brake drums for light weight. I didn't have any hope of finding those, so I found another alternative.

My car (70 Torino) had the 10x2 finned brake drums. I noticed the fins and the ring that the fins attached to looked very heavy. So I went to the auto parts store and bought a 10x1-3/4" drum (non-finned) to see how it compared. It turns out the new drum measured 10x2 anyway, but didn't have the fins. Here's the good part, the new drums weighed 12 lbs each where the old (finned) drums weighed 20 lbs each. The new drums were $24 each.

So for $48 I saved 16 lbs of rotational weight and they slid right on with no other modifications (same brake shoes). That's pretty good bang for the buck, I'd say.

I guess if you already have non-finned drums though it probably doesn't help you.

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Moneymaker
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posted 09-30-2002 04:21 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Moneymaker   Click Here to Email Moneymaker     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Aluminum ones would have been even better.

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Mike_R
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posted 09-30-2002 05:25 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Mike_R   Click Here to Email Mike_R     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Yes, definately Alex. If I ever come across a set of aluminums, I will definately go that route still. I'd love to have a set, but I was pretty pleased to at least save the 16 lbs for now by switching to non-finned drums.

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Moneymaker
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posted 09-30-2002 05:32 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Moneymaker   Click Here to Email Moneymaker     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Yeah, those 82 Continental drums are hard to come by.

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Alex Denysenko
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