Join Date: Aug 2017
Location: Knoxville, TN Area
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That Copper-Nickel tubing is amazing. I've been using it for a while now, works fantastic.
However I still don't like my brake feel in my 97 ECLB, it has Hydroboost and the 1 Ton GM cylinder upgrade, brand new hoses, calipers, pads, shoes, rotors and drums when I got the truck last year, all in an effort to improve the brakes.
keep in mind my main vehicle comparison is an 82 Mercedes 300D, which has 4 wheel disc, vacuum boost and weighs around 2 tons.
The car will stop on a dime. will easily lock all 4 wheels, pedal is hard and linear, the harder you push, the quicker you stop.
The truck has no problem stopping, it just doesn't feel anything similar. you press the pedal and its hard, but nothing happens. you press harder and harder and then it slows down gradually. in a panic stop situation, it might lock one tire. no telling which one. could be front left and dart to the left, could be rear right and try to spin.
It feels better when towing something incredibly heavy. brakes seem more linear. I'll be bleeding everything again, and checking that everything is functioning properly as soon as I get the 2nd truck going so this one can be down for a while for repairs/upgrades.
The hydroboost immediately stops assisting if the engine is off, I thought there would be some sort of accumulator or setup like a vacuum system so you dont loose power brakes if the engine stalls.
if the engine stalls when you're braking the pedal sinks and takes both feet to do anything at all. if you start the truck while braking, the pedal drops, then rises back up.
Park brake works great. will hold the truck in gear, on a hill, everywhere I've tried, it holds great. Pretty sure the adjusters work too, I replaced a good share of those parts and used a light coat of anti-sieze on the adjuster assembly threads.
Red Truck: 97 2500 4x4 ECLB 250k-ish, mostly stock.
Purple Truck: 01 1500 4x4 ECSB 12v Conversion, has all the 1996 3/4 ton stuff besides the body at this point.