Okay, so I've been building derby vehicles with my dad, family friend, and brothers since I was like 7. Now that I'm 17, I'm into my second season driving. Now, there's many things they have always told me. 'If you want to win, drive smart. If you want to be cheered on, drive hard!' or 'Hit em hard! If you don't think you hit hard enough, back up, try again!' But here's the issue. I've always listened to what they say, and I've got a bunch of knowledge from them. But they always told me not to run front brakes. But on here, I see people run front brakes all the time. I've always been told to run rears because the fronts can lock up easily.
So to be clear, I want to hear your guys' take on running front brakes. What are the pros/cons? And what does it take to keep them from locking up? Just to let you know, I will be running a 1984 Grand Marquis. Also, I've read through the tips, and if anyone else has any other tips, PM me. I'd like to do as best as I can.
Post by Comet Cyclone on Jan 21, 2014 15:08:50 GMT -5
I personally always 4 wheel brakes...I don't like to get pushed somewhere I don't want to go or get DQ for a drivers door hit... Cons... I hear a bent rim will lock it up the wheels.Never had a front wheel bend that bad though.. perhaps a wheel spacer would help this issue as well.
on a Marquis make sure u got good calipers because they can stick or get very tight.Along with good hoses.New calipers are not all that expensive.
No Front brakes on a rwd, no rear brakes on a front wheel drive. It just isn't worth the risk or time. All you need to do is stop your drive wheels and your good. Pros and cons? Pro would be the ability to stop faster con would be the inability to stop stopping.
I don't like getting pushed into stuff.Think about it, the rear brakes on any vehicle only provide about 30 percent of your total stopping power.
30% lurching forward at high rate of speeds yes... going 15-30mph on a derby track it's more like 45%50% or 50/50.
Agreed that they are 50 percent on the derby track assuming they are locked up.The other benefit of having front brakes is when they are locked the tire is sliding, if you only have rear brakes the back tires will be locked but the front are rolling free.It's harder to push-a vehicle with 4 locked wheels instead of just 2. I can see how a wheelcould hit the caliper, just never had it happen to me, but like I said I usually only run a left front brake and remove the rf caliper.
Post by Comet Cyclone on Jan 22, 2014 17:15:54 GMT -5
I dunno about you but If I'm sliding on the ice I don't lock up my wheels...pump em and let em roll to regain traction.Don't take much and you'll be suprised how much more control you gain by doing this method.