When we have good service from a vendor I believe in telling people
about it, the same
as when we have bad service or bad parts -- below is my update on the
rear disc brake
set up by SteelTech Solutions DL
This is for the rear disc brake set up that was advertised to fit the
new flanged axles.
Got fed up with Dave refusing to answer a phone or call me back, so I
and sent the rear brake set up back for a re-fund as they didn't fit as
recieved them on the 16th and we haven't heard a peep from him and no
of today Nov 03.
I will never ever do business with him or recommend a customer to him
Done with his crap.
Now, I did get Nimesh's brake set up on. I did have to have the rotors
the stude pattern. Also shimmed the caliper so it would center properly
need to do this on any dana 44 because of the axle shimming. Pretty
easy to do.
Also the set is 13lb's lighter than the "other" set. The fronts will
be over 20 lbs lighter
I would guess.
This set up will clear the Stude wheels that were made for the Stude
disc brake set up.
Nimesh uses the 88-94 corvette calipers and rotors. A lot of options
here as there
is a big after market for corvette stuff. I already had DL's stuff on
the front but the next time I will do Nimesh's system on all fours. The
biggest thing is having the rotors re-drilled for the Stude bolt
pattern. I think I will make up a jig so I can just do it myself next
time. I'll try and get a picture.
" will never ever do business with him or recommend a customer to him
Done with his crap."
I know the feeling. Luckily I paid with PayPal and was able to get a
refund when I disputed the transaction. I waited four months with no
reponse to my nice emails asking where my disk brake conversion kit
Someone that has been ripped off by this guy should fry his ass.
People that steel money from others belong in jail. All that one needs
to do is report him to the States Attoney's Office in the state which
he presides in.
I recently finished installing the 4-wheel disc brake package from Jim
Turner. I admittedly bought the "economy" package and sourced all the other
parts off eBay and local parts houses. Other than some part number updates
and confusion on my part, there was absolutely NO problem with fitment of
the Turner kits. The brackets needed no fudging, fussing or persuasion with
the proverbial larger hammer.
I did save myself a bunch of money over the full meal deal kits and yes, I
had to work a little harder to find all the right parts to complete the job.
There was no redrilling of rotors or shimming of calipers.
Beyond the quality of the kits, the fact that Jim Turner carries product
liability insurance on his product speaks volumes to me (as an insurance
Technical support was always gladly given by Jim when I had part number
problems. Highly recommended vendor!
I agree that the Turner brakes appear to be a quality product, I just
like to see all my options out there. So far it looks like for disc
brake conversions we have:
3) the Cobra brakes that the guy on the forums did, if he decides to
4) the Nimesh setup???
5) the hybrid Wilwood caliper/Avanti rotor setup that someone else
I have to admit that if it came to a choice between those, so far I
would probably pick Turner as I don't want to go to 17" wheels (which
you'd have to do to use the Cobra brakes) and I'm also not into serious
fabricating, at least not now. But I always like to see what people
That would be me.
It can be seen here, click on the "54 Conestoga" for pictures.
Only have a few hunderd miles on'em so far, but...working great. Tried
a few panic stops the other day behind my house...straight and
clean...great! We'll see what happens at the drag strip after I get
the 299 in place!
Not all situations are the same. I had some problems with Jim returning my
emails about size of rotors, calipers and other technical questions with the
set up. If I didn't have to use a booster I didn't want to. I don't mind
fabricating stuff so because of cost and time constraints I had to go with
Dave's basic kit. True, I did have to prompt him to send my stuff along but
he included some bearings and seals for the delay. I sourced the fully
loaded calipers and 11" slotted rotors from eBay, all new, and bought the
braded stainless steel brake hoses locally. The complete set up cost me
about $400. I have pushed the car hard and don't have any problems with the
brakes. If it was a V8 the added weight might make a difference.
I know Jim's stuff looks show quality but all I needed were brackets and
spaces that had the right specs.
I have not had a bad experience with either vendor but have heard that
Dave's stuff sometimes needs cleaning up and modification to fit right. I
have not had any trouble. If it's all there and will not break I can make it
fit. No harm, no foul. Most of the stuff on my car will be modified to fit
Changing the subject just a little bit. Has anyone bought his (Turner)dual
master cylinder conversion for the C&K. Was it a good install? There just
isn't much room down there. I had heard that you had to knotch the cross
I've installed Jim's kit on a 60 lark 2dr sedan and no notching of
Only problem I had was the pin to go from the pedal to the master
cylinder rod had to be turned down in order to line up correctly.
I installed the sam kit on a 54 coupe, no modifications necessary. Kit
I had heard that the SteelTech front conversion uses a difficult to find,
rare Chrysler cop car rotor. What rotor did you use, & where did you find
Barry'd in Studes
58 Packard Hawk
39 Coupe Exp.
59 DeLuxe 1/2 tn.
56 Packard "400"
UPDATE NOV 08 2006
Just got an email from DL saying that he had requested Ed's address for
refund and had never gotten it. Funny, I checked all his e-mail (I
filed it) and no mention of this on any I have.
Anyway, I sent him the requested address -- so we will wait and see if
the correct refund is sent anytime soon.
I will not to business with him again.
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