Originally Posted by crzyazzpolak717
Hey i have a question about your rotors because the cross drilled and slotted i got and the slots go the opposite direction of yours. You think if i reversed them left to right it would brake better? or is going against what the box said a bad idea?
This thread has derailed..
Get you ugly, stock fitment, non-flush heaps out of my thread.
I'll tell you what I think about the rotors. The vains inside are probably more important than the direction of slots or holes. However the usually mimic one another.
That is the way stop tech delivered them and it's also the way they suggest installing them if you do swap out rings.
There's alot of info on stoptechs site. The cooling vains should be like this: \\\\\
not ////// looking at the rotor. page 13
Speaking of brakes I got the bug to measure my caster this morning.
I had added those offset bushings awhile ago and I've been curious as to what the results are. Believe me I noticed the heavy steering, which I like, so I knew it had an effect.
So how do I measure caster and what is it. I guess it's the difference, vertically, between the upper and lower ball joint. I inspected my car and was surprised to find out I had no upper ball joint.
Kidding. For our cars it must be the difference vetically in the centerline of the shock or strut.
How do I measure it? Well I pulled the car on my 40K hunter alignment rig and let it tell me what it was.
Oh wait I don't have one of those.
So, instead I grabbed something that would reach across the front of the car and stick out past the fenders and tires. I lined it up so that the top side of the level was center of the shocks.
Then I grabbed something that would reach between the ground and the level. I lined it up so it was center of the axle.
Then I grabbed the thing I've used for alignments for about 3 years now. Well it and a tape measure and occasionally jackstands and a chalk line.
It appears I have ~ 7.2 degrees of positive caster.
can we say bmw like caster.
You would not believe the accuracy you can acheive with these simple tools.
I'll tell you that last year at the pro finale I re-did the alignment after each run group. I was driving Billy nuts. But it was raining for the finale and the car just didn't want to rotate. In hindsight I doubt anyones car was turning well due to lack of front end bite. It was a monsoon.
Now all things being equal few people are going to outdrive Billy in the wet. He's part fish. I think the point is I had to re-do the alignment back to where it was for nationals. I did that with my $35.00 worth of tools and then borrowed a smart camber tool and drove down to the set-up pad to check it. it was dead-on perfect.
If you mess with your alignment alot you can save alot of money and especially time by not visiting the alignment shop everytime you want to adjust or check something.
Just do it and practice it.