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Old 07-16-2013, 01:30 PM   #1
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ZL1 Brake Calipers

Does anyone know why the brake calipers on the rear brakes are located at the rear of the brakes instead of on the front of the brakes? I understood that it was best for handling if the calipers were located on the front side of the rear brakes.

Was it for overall weight distribution?
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Old 07-16-2013, 01:45 PM   #2
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do you mean at the rear of the disk and not in front? the location is due to have the bigger brake power with the less fatigue to the caliper itself and its connections.
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Old 07-16-2013, 01:48 PM   #3
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Does anyone know why the brake calipers on the rear brakes are located at the rear of the brakes instead of on the front of the brakes? I understood that it was best for handling if the calipers were located on the front side of the rear brakes.

Was it for overall weight distribution?

Whom exactly told you that handling was best with the calipers near the front? Do you have a source to link? I have never heard that and would think it did not matter due to it all being unsprung weight anyway!
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Old 07-16-2013, 03:12 PM   #4
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Whom exactly told you that handling was best with the calipers near the front? Do you have a source to link? I have never heard that and would think it did not matter due to it all being unsprung weight anyway!
I think I first heard it while watching Mecum Auctions.
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Old 07-16-2013, 03:30 PM   #5
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Whom exactly told you that handling was best with the calipers near the front? Do you have a source to link? I have never heard that and would think it did not matter due to it all being unsprung weight anyway!
If the ZL1 brakes are indeed unsprung brakes, that would explain it. Then you should mount them on the rear side of the discs to help out with overall front to back weight ratio.

If they are part of an inboard brake system, then they should be mounted on the front side of the discs. See the explanation here:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Inboard_brake
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Old 08-06-2013, 03:27 AM   #6
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The zl1 does not have an inboard/unsprung brake system. Our brakes move up and down with the wheels. They are sprung. Inboard systems mount adjacent to differential, before the half shafts to the wheels. I saw an old jaguar that had it.
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Old 08-06-2013, 11:54 AM   #7
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isn't sprung weight everthing that does not move with the wheels , like the body of the car , and unsprung weight is "below" the springs , like the wheels , brakes , control arms
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Old 08-06-2013, 07:47 PM   #8
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i am confused
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Old 08-07-2013, 02:39 PM   #10
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Here you go Dimitri,

Let's try this again. I think the post from SSBN625Starr about inboard systems threw a few people?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Unsprung_mass

Also a video that explains what the term really means.

http://youtu.be/VW5YumiMIPA
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Old 08-07-2013, 06:16 PM   #11
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Here you go Dimitri,

Let's try this again. I think the post from SSBN625Starr about inboard systems threw a few people?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Unsprung_mass

Also a video that explains what the term really means.

http://youtu.be/VW5YumiMIPA
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Old 08-07-2013, 06:18 PM   #12
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Youtube video gsve good explanation
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