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Technical Area => Suspension Related Items => Topic started by: 2022 on May 07, 2022, 11:45:11 AM

Title: Brake Shoe Fitting
Post by: 2022 on May 07, 2022, 11:45:11 AM
Thank you all your help and knowledge and videos - I have a question:

I have read many stories about MGB owners who find their brake shoes have been installed incorrectly. My question is - as much as fitting brake shoes the wrong way seems 'bad' - does it actually change braking performance?

No one ever states - now the shoes are in correctly, I notice this or that improvement or change.

If the shoes are installed the wrong way around, how would you notice this when driving the car?

Look forward to your reply

Best wishes.

Tony Ratcliff
Title: Re: Brake Shoe Fitting
Post by: JohnTwist on May 07, 2022, 12:19:43 PM
There has been discussions about the handbrake and how well that works, depending on the position of the levers placed properly or swapped left to right.  But I have not heard any reports that the rear brakes work better with the shoes fitted one way or the other.  I have a short YouTube video about the proper positioning of the shoes.
T types and MGAs with drums in front are a whole different matter.  If the shoes are fitted backwards, it's all but impossible to stop those earlier MGs.

Hope this helps!
John H Twist
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