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Old 09-01-2009, 05:50 PM   #1 (permalink)
 
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Hello all,
I have a 87 Samurai that I have altered by swapping out the stock engine and transmission with a fuel injected 4.3 chevy vortec and auto trans. Other mods include :
Rock lobster transfer case, 6 in lift, shackles, ARB lockers and a few other mods all resting atop 32" tires.

The axles are stock and now I need to upgrade the braking system so I can stop. Going is no problem.

My question, does anyone know a shop where I can get a kit to change to change out the brakes or where I can go (in Southern Cal. area) to have this accomplished?

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Old 09-02-2009, 10:31 AM   #2 (permalink)
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A rear disc conversion isn't too tough. But if you want expert installations (of any kind) done on a Samurai, I suggest you go see Gary and his crew at Petroworks. He is a Samurai Master (pardon the pun) and has been doing this longer than most of us knew samurais existed...

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Thanks, I'll give them a call. It would be nice to actually stop my sammy for a change.
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Think I'll give em a call as well to see what info I can gather
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Gary at Petroworks sent me to Lightning Coversions in Florida, nice people, who have hooked me up with a disc conversion kit that should fix my stopping issue. It is ordered and on the way so soon I shall be able to stop without issue.

Thanks to all for the help.

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Post pix when you get it installed.
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If you're just upgrading the rear brakes then that isn't going to help that much. Most of the braking force is on the front end, I would do the rear disc conversion and fit the vented discs and uprated calipers from the 4dr Track/Kick, add a bigger master cylinder and a brake bias valve too to get the balance right.
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off topic :
Did you make it smog legal and street driveable ???

I always have thought the 4.3 conversion would be sweet but have heard that it is really hard to get them to pass smog here in CA...
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Did you make it smog legal and street driveable ???

I always have thought the 4.3 conversion would be sweet but have heard that it is really hard to get them to pass smog here in CA...
Yes, it is smogged and street legal. We had to go through a ARB Smog referee but it passes no problem. Lightning who did the 4.3 install made sure it was smogged to the standards of the engine manufacture year.
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