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Old 06-25-2004, 05:24 AM   #15
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Originally Posted by mcneon
On another issue, have any of you other motor home owners used or considered the Correct Track ( spacers for your front wheels?
Still thinking about the rear disc brake conversion? If you are the P32 has a wider front track, just more parts swapping to do. I am not sure exactly what GM changed to make the width greater, you might check. Could be they just made the "hat" that goes on the disc longer. If so it would be a pretty cheap and easy swap.

I don't think the spacers would ever have to come off once installed, just pull the rim off them so extra nuts would be a one time thing.


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Old 06-25-2004, 06:57 AM   #16
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Those "shims" are brake dust covers..they are pretty well worthless. I have used some aftermarket ones on imports like Volvo and Saab to stop the tons of brake dust- they did very little to redirect it off the wheels.

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Old 06-27-2004, 07:11 AM   #17
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Originally Posted by swebster@myrvadvanta
Well we just finished a 300 mile round trip last weekend without any issues related to the brakes or the hubs. I noticed that the squeeking and clicking was gone so I'm going with the "you didn't need those things anyway" theory on the shims.

I had the selling dealer replace the front brake disc, calipers, lines and pads before they transported it from PA to KY. So I didn't really know how any of this was done and what to expect. Taking it all apart was a lot easier than most car brakes I've worked on. Sometimes there is an advantage to working on "big" parts.
Steven, those shims were there for two reasons, neither reason was a good one.
The first reason was to keep the pads from squeaking , obviously spectacularly unsuccessful. They were attached to the pads when new, the squeaking sound is the pad vibrating in the caliper.
The second reason is to help keep heat away from the caliper, that is why there were two on the inboard pad, nearest the piston, which is susceptible to heat damage. It didn't work well for that, either. If you want to replace the pads, I recommend Wagner Thermo-Quiet pads, they have a different composition to not squeak, and reduce heat transfer and brake dust. They are not cheap, but not horrible, either. The last price I got for a set of these was around $60.00 for a set on a dually pickup, the pads for the MH should be about the same. Out of 200+ brake jobs, I had two come back for brake noise, neither turned out to be the pads.
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Old 06-27-2004, 11:55 AM   #18
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Terry - thanks for the info. I knew someone would know for sure what those are for. You are right in that they did not perform well. Essentially, like a few others on this thread, they pretty much gathered up on the forward side of the caliper. I removed both shims on each inboard pads with no issues or squeaks (so far). In fact it seemed to solve my squeeking,dragging brake problem.

Still have a lot of pad left on the fronts. I'll replace with your recommendation when the time comes.

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