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Author Topic: Kevlar brake lining & brake pads 1971 Eldorado  (Read 196 times)


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Kevlar brake lining & brake pads 1971 Eldorado
« on: October 03, 2017, 05:30:55 PM »
OK I admit I'm a fan of the TV show Wheeler Dealer. 

In an episode i caught recently Edd China raved about the high coefficient of friction for brake drums and presumably brake pads made from kevlar.   He cautioned  they were not as long lasting but I reckon at 2000 miles annually at most I can take a chance.   A quick on line search gave me the impression these were available for my car.   any members have experience using these brake pads or linings made form kevlar?    . are they better at stopping the car?   any side issues like brake squeal or excessive dust, etc.?    thanks

Ken Wiebke

Offline Alan Harris CLC#1513

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Re: Kevlar brake lining & brake pads 1971 Eldorado
« Reply #1 on: October 03, 2017, 11:08:07 PM »
I have not heard of Kevlar brake pads in years. They were heavily promoted in the 70's when asbestos was being phased out.

Other than that, I don't know much about them. I think that Kevlar was a DuPont product, but am not sure. If the patent has expired, it could be in wide use now without the name being used.

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Offline Mike Josephic CLC #3877

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Re: Kevlar brake lining & brake pads 1971 Eldorado
« Reply #3 on: October 06, 2017, 12:46:12 AM »
I have a '73 Eldorado that I've owned since new.  I always used
standard brake pads (organic) since I don't drive it much.  However,
due to the annual estimated mileage you mentioned think this type
would work nicely for you.

The brake surface areas are more than large enough to accommodate
a standard brake pad.  No need to move to move to Kevlar, which I,
am not sure would offer you any advantage.

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