How To: Camaro Rear Disc Brake Swap to G-body Axle

abbey castro

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I like your solutions and will probably implement them myself. I like the 'T' shock relocation brackets.

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Yep, RA has the Dorman pieces. I previously had to find them on Amazon. And I'm glad I ordered two sets as they must have been old - two of the four tore as I stretched them over the levers. Hopefully these have more integrity.
Ths shock relocation bracket i used on the 7.5 was very flimsy. Make your own of thick stock. It pivots when the shock moves up and down since only one bolt holds it at the dif bracket and one at the arm pivot point. I made my own for my S60 with two bolts holding it in place instead of triangulation one.
 

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Injectedcutty

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I did this swap over the winter when I had the 8.5 rebuilt. Fast forward several months now... the brakes work fantastic, but the guy who rebuilt the rear got the pattern too tight I think. It whines at highway speed, goes away with foot out of it. Few install pics...
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I did this swap over the winter when I had the 8.5 rebuilt. Fast forward several months now... the brakes work fantastic, but the guy who rebuilt the rear got the pattern too tight I think. It whines at highway speed, goes away with foot out of it. Few install pics... View attachment 228822 View attachment 228823 View attachment 228824 View attachment 228825
where did you get the backing plate/parking brake parts?

In my seemingly hours of searching I had concluded that those parts could only be found used except the rotors/caliper. I've resigned to getting a wilwood kit (eventually), but this could potentially be a lot more affordable for similar performance.
 
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where did you get the backing plate/parking brake parts?

In my seemingly hours of searching I had concluded that those parts could only be found used except the rotors/caliper. I've resigned to getting a wilwood kit (eventually), but this could potentially be a lot more affordable for similar performance.
Was able to snag from a junkyard car last fall. Anything 98-02 is the same. Also look into the blazer rear brakes, similar setup and usually easier to find in the yards. Pull a part had a couple camaro's land. I bought new parking brake pads from autozone.
 
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where did you get the backing plate/parking brake parts?

In my seemingly hours of searching I had concluded that those parts could only be found used except the rotors/caliper. I've resigned to getting a wilwood kit (eventually), but this could potentially be a lot more affordable for similar performance.
You can get new backing plates from Hawks third gen. They are cast iron instead of stamped steel. I bought my complete set off Ebay from someone in Las Vegas. They literally looked brand new. Was well worth the $300 he was asking for the buy it now option
 
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You can get new backing plates from Hawks third gen. They are cast iron instead of stamped steel. I bought my complete set off Ebay from someone in Las Vegas. They literally looked brand new. Was well worth the $300 he was asking for the buy it now option
this one here?

So would I be correct in assuming, all else I would need is these parts?
Shoes - https://www.rockauto.com/en/moreinf...+3Z/rvE8ZP0rfRMuda0aOpSK1C0oZQETTgcf3aRZzenlV
Shoe Hardware Kit - https://www.rockauto.com/en/moreinfo.php?pk=2023766&cc=1379976&pt=10289
Disc/Rotor/Caliper Kit - https://www.rockauto.com/en/moreinf...+3Z/rvE8ZP0rfRMuda0aOpSK1C0oZQETTgcf3aRZzenlV

and then I guess a parking brake cable and a way to mount it properly?

I also see you guys relocating the shock. I plan to eventually do coilovers - https://www.umiperformance.com/home...-body-rear-coilover-kit-bolt-in-2-3-lowering/
think there would be clearance issues with these?
 
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That's most of it. You didn't list the parking brake levers or the center of the adjuster though. Those are just the first items I see that are missing. Given that you're concerned about the ebrake, as was I, check these out.


The other benefit is that you would get many other parts, like the e-brake cable brackets. I used those to mount my stock g body cables and then made an adapter to mate the g body cables to the f body e-brakes. Has worked great
 
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I'm not positive. Once I realized some of the smaller items I needed weren't easily available, buying a really nice used set became the easiest, quickest, and in the long run, the cheapest option.
 
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abbey castro

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I'm guessing those aren't parts you can buy new, are they?
The backing plates, brake shoes, rubber boots are readily available. I bought a complete Camaro rear end to use the brackets, cables and brake system.
I'm not positive. Once I realized some of the smaller items I needed weren't easily available, buying a really nice used set became the easiest, quickest, and in the long run, the cheapest option.
 

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