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Miles last won the day on December 28 2018

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  1. If you are not experienced with brake work there will be more challenges ahead for you doing this brake swap. In the interest of public safety and your own safety, I suggest that you consult with an experienced brake mechanic before going any further. Also, before you put the car on the road you should have a brake mechanic check the installation to make sure that the brake swap is safe.
  2. Did the bleeders come with the calipers? If so they should work unless the seats are damaged. Where did you buy the calipers? Did the calipers come with parking brake brackets?
  3. I made some notes on the picture you posted. The bleeder is pointing up as it should be. Check the brake hose and make sure that as the suspension moves the hose does not rub on the frame. It doesn't look like you have connected the parking brake cable to the caliper. Also, I don't see the parking brake bracket installed on the caliper. Suggest that once the hose and parking brake cable are connected that you place a floor jack under the control arm (below the strut) and move the suspension up and down slowly checking for the brake hose or parking bracket hitting the frame. As far as the bleeder leaking issue goes, check the internal bleeder mating surface in each caliper. If the mating surfaces are damaged or not machined correctly return both calipers and replace with a different brand. Re-manufactured and even new brake parts can be defective right out of the box. For example: Maxima Calipers full of rust inside. Caliper piston seals that leak the first time pressure is applied. Wilwood brake master cylinders that leaked internally. Wilwood master cylinder bleed screws that were deformed and wouldn't seal.
  4. Another view of how a bleeder seals when tightened. Note tapered portion of bleeder screw and the tapered seat inside the bleeder passage. When the tapered part of the bleeder and the seat mate and are tightened the bleeder is sealed. If the mating surfaces are damaged, or dirty , the seat and bleeder screw will not seal.
  5. The bleeder leaking and the position of the caliper are not related. Possible reasons a bleeder will leak after tightening it: Wrong bleeder (but you have the correct bleeder) Bleeder is damaged e.g., bent/smashed etc Bleeder and or caliper threads are damaged The seats are damaged or obstructed with dirt/metal/etc Bleeder is in the wrong hole. Post a clear sharp picture showing where the bleeder and brake line is installed on the caliper. You do not have to over tighten a bleeder. Just close it and snug it down easy.
  6. Per Russell website you have the correct bleeder: http://www.russellperformance.com/mc/speed-bleeders/import.shtml Is the bleeder leaking through the nipple or around the threads?
  7. New California exhaust noise rules effective January 2019 https://www.sema.org/sema-enews/2019/02/fact-vs-fiction-explaining-californias-new-exhaust-noise-law https://bar.ca.gov/Consumer/Referee_Program/Vehicle_Exhaust_Noise_Level_Certification.html https://jalopnik.com/why-people-are-suddenly-freaking-out-over-californias-e-1831620651
  8. Silvermine Toyota brake line
  9. Note brake lines from Silvermine Motors:
  10. I just measured the front flex line. It is 14 inches. I have relocated the rear hard lines so the flex lines are not in the stock location. You can use a coat hanger to mock up and estimate the length of the front and rear flex lines. After installing the flex lines move the suspension through the full range of motion and look for over stretch, kinking, rubbing etc of the flex lines. Flex line kits are available for the Toyota and Maxima/240SX swaps. I prefer generic A/N lines because they are cheaper than the swap kits plus I can get the parts from a local speed shop. Silvermine Motors might have the flex lines for the Toyota/Maxima swaps.
  11. I'll check the length for the front Toyota calipers tomorrow. Look here: covers front Toyota and rear 249SX or Maxima brake lines.
  12. Miles

    Help with brakes needed

    Yep. All Japanese. The Toyota and the Nissan 240Z calipers were made by the same company. The 240SX calipers are Japanese, made by Nissan, have integrated parking brake, use a big 300ZX non-turbo rotor, and the kits are available from several sources. They all have dust seals. Good luck
  13. Miles

    Help with brakes needed

    Max Have you contacted Wilwood to see if they could add the dust seals (gaskets) to one of their calipers? Wilwood now offers a rear caliper with integrated parking brake.
  14. Miles

    Help with brakes needed

    Max Check this out. A custom car meet in Germany. Looks like the parking lot of my local speed shop on the weekends.
  15. Miles

    Help with brakes needed

    Max: Also, see my response to Grannyknott. An adjustable proportioning valve only reduces pressure. Consequently, if your rear calipers are not keeping up with the front brakes then reducing the pressure with a PV makes it worse. For example, all of these combinations are front biased about 60% front and 40% rear: Toyota solid/vented front with 240SX or Maxima or 280ZX rear calipers. However, at some point you may want to experiment with new brake configurations where an adjustable PV would be necessary (if allowed by TUV). Opinion: Well maintained stock brakes are fine for street use. Some people track their Z cars with stock brakes and like the results. Changing brake components causes a domino effect. For example, bigger/multiple caliper bores require more fluid volume which means installing a larger bore master cylinder which requires more pedal effort to stop the car. Recommend that you research what others have done that meets TUV approval. Germany has a lot of hot rod clubs so there must be some way the hot rod people are making the TUV engineers happy. Check out the German car clubs on YouTube. I have worked out the bugs with my set up (Toyota solid front, 240SX rear, 280Z booster, 1979 280ZX master cylinder. Carbotech AX6 pads) and am happy with it as a daily driver.