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$100 brake upgrade by Phil
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I have a question...going with the bigger brake set up all around on my 88 formula...would a 1987 grand national set up improve my brake petal?
http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymot...AKE-BOOSTER-CYLINDER
Its bigger and its says its electric
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Rodney, Any progress on this yet?
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If all goes well, I should be performing the "$100 Brake Upgrade" (which actually cost me about $140) today. I'll post some photos and info later.
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I asked Rodney if I should wait for his version. His reply "Probably never going to happen." So guess it is time to get out the BFH.
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As promised, here is the info regarding my S10 booster install.

First of all, here is the list of parts I had to get:

-- Brake Booster, for '96 Chevy S10 (Cardone part # 54-71061)
-- 1 Coupling Nut, SAE 3/8"-16
-- 2 Jam Nuts, SAE 3/8"-16
-- 1 Thread Cutting Die, SAE 3/8"-16
-- 4 Nuts & Washers* (see below)

After removing the Fiero brake booster, the first thing I did was to measure the total distance from the back of the booster to the center of the eyelet on the pushrod. I measured approximately 9.375". I found that if I cut the S10 pushrod right at the base of the eyelet, I would need to add 5" of length to match the length of the Fiero pushrod. So I cut the Fiero pushrod 5" from the center of the eyelet. I also cut threads on both rods about 1" from the end. See photos below.





I then used the coupling nut and jam nuts to attach the piece of Fiero pushrod to the S10 booster. The two halves of the rod actually butt up against each other inside the coupling nut, which adds to its strength.



Next, I got out the BFH and started pounding on the Fiero. The photo below is a close-up of the area that needs to be "percussively adjusted". I also had to move the clutch hydraulic line to make room.



After cleaning the area and spraying on a coat of paint, it didn't look so bad.



Notice that I installed the brake booster bracket into the car first. I found that to be easier than trying to install the booster and bracket as an assembly. I also found that the pushrod was the perfect length to reach the brake pedal. No adjustment was necessary.

*Note: you will need 4 nuts (and preferably, 4 washers) to attach the S10 booster to the mounting bracket. I had some 15mm hex head nuts and matching washers in my parts bin (pulled from junkyard cars). I'm not 100% sure, but I think the threads are M10x1.5mm.

Anyway, here is what the S10 booster looks like installed.



I'd also like to add that I'm really impressed with the increase in braking power. This is the perfect compliment to my Grand Am brakes and Blazer master cylinder.

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I did the exact same thing today except I went to the junk yards and after looking over about 10 trucks I found a good booster for $30.00 and I got all the nuts that went with it too. The coupler and jam nuts cost me about $1.85.
I found it was difficult to cut the threads on the S10 booster rod . I had to get someone to hold the rod with vise grips while I cut the threads. I used red loctite on the coupling nut to booster rod threads and the jam nut. Once it was in the car I adjusted the coupling nut to pedal rod until the pedal topped out and backed it off a turn and tightened the jam nut.
The family got home just as I was finishing so I haven't got a chance to drive it yet. I'll report back tomorrow.
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Originally posted by Blacktree:

As promised, here is the info regarding my S10 booster install.



VERY nice job
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Originally posted by Blacktree:
As promised, here is the info regarding my S10 booster install.

Ron,
Thank you for doing such a great job of documenting and describing what you did.
The pictures are clear, well focused, and really help describe the process.
This is a valuable resource that will help a great many people, myself included.

Thanks again for a job well done.

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Thanks for the compliments. But my name is Mike.
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Originally posted by Blacktree:

As promised, here is the info regarding my S10 booster install.

First of all, here is the list of parts I had to get:

-- Brake Booster, for '96 Chevy S10 V6
-- 1 Coupling Nut, SAE 3/8"-16
-- 2 Jam Nuts, SAE 3/8"-16
-- 1 Thread Cutting Die, SAE 3/8"-16
-- 4 Nuts & Washers* (see below)



Looks a whole lot like what I did on page 5 of this thread.
Nice Job.
Threading those rods isn't too hard, just takes some time right?

I swapped the old OEM white plastic dust boot onto the new booster with a new felt disc installed in it.
Let us know how that new black rubber dust boot works out. Mine looked like it might hang up with the jam nuts and coupling nut when the pedal is depressed, so thats whay I used the original one.

 
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The assembled rods:


The jam nut and coupling nut was threaded down all the way on the S-10 booster rod threads and set with Loctite.
After installing the booster in the car, the OEM rod was adjusted to the perfect length, attached to the brake pedal and the jam nut secured to the coupling nut with Loctite thread locker. The whole rod assembly is very secure with plenty of thread engagement, (>3X thread diameter of both rods).

So far I'm pretty happy with the improvement in braking.

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Originally posted by randye: Looks a whole lot like what I did on page 5 of this thread.

I'll admit it. That's where I got the idea.

Cutting the threads on the S10 booster can be a little tricky, because you have to clamp the rod to keep it from spinning. But for the Fiero rod, you can clamp the eyelet in a vise and go to town.

edit to add: I'm not really worried about the dust boot. The interior of my car is not dusty. And the rubber boot has plenty of give in it.

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Originally posted by Blacktree:
Thanks for the compliments. But my name is Mike.

Oops! Sorry. My bad as the kids would say.

Still a great post and much appreciated.

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I got a chance to test mine out today. The improvement in the assist is very nice. This is definitely a good upgrade.
I would post pics but they are the same as randye and Blacktree posted.
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Originally posted by Blacktree:

As promised, here is the info regarding my S10 booster install.

First of all, here is the list of parts I had to get:

-- Brake Booster, for '96 Chevy S10 V6

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Please clarify if this was the 2 wheel drive booster for the '96 S10?

I ask because of a previous post where someone picked up the SU version for a 4 wheel drive S10 instead of the PP version for the 2 wheel drive S10. He stated his braking was not any better. I stopped by the junkyard Saturday and found 2 SU versions on 4WD S10's with anti-lock brakes. I was planning on picking up the booster and MC as a unit as the price is $15 total but don't want to make the same mistake.

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Correct, that was me. As posted, I did this with an SU for my sister and the braking wasn't really any better. Idk what the difference is between them, but its NOT a mod I would rave over. Hopefully my issue is that it was NOT a PP booster. I have a bit of spare time this week, I may swap it out for the 2wd booster and see.

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Originally posted by Hudini: Please clarify if this was the 2 wheel drive booster for the '96 S10?

The parts store only had one part number (i.e. no 2WD or 4WD option), so I don't know. I tried to get the 2-letter code from my S10 booster, but apparently the sticker is hidden out of sight.

BTW, my old Fiero booster says PP on the sticker.

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Interesting, anyone know what these 2 letter codes designate?
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Deleted to avoid confusion. The OP said he used a '96 S10 PICKUP (not a Blazer). I should read more carefully.

1994 was the last year for the S10 Blazer. In 1995 it became the S10 (which is the pickup truck) and the Blazer (which is the SUV). 2 totally separate animals. This is only important for us junkyard hunters. If you buy it new get the part mentioned below: Cardone Part No. 54-71061

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Autozone list only 1 number for 2wd and 4wd.
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Originally posted by Hudini:
Rock Auto lists 2 different AC Delco boosters for the 97 Blazer (among other brands.) Check this description:

ACDELCO Part # 178628 More Info {#15234951}
BOOSTER,P/B 4 WHEEL DRIVE; w/BRAKE VAC PWR(JC1)

ACDELCO Part # 178621 {#18029999}
BOOSTER,P/B w/DBL DIAPH BOOS(JM3); PART OF 18022799

In that case, get the 2WD version. Or better yet, just get the '96 booster and not worry about it.
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Originally posted by deezil:

Autozone list only 1 number for 2wd and 4wd.


This is what I got from Auto Zone
96 S-10 Blazer 2WD:


54-71061

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The one I got from Advance Auto Parts was exactly the same ( Cardone part # 54-71061 ).

Actually, I'll edit my previous post to add the part number.

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I took the plunge and did the swap. What a nice difference. I would most definitely recommend this to any Fiero owner.

Details: 90 Grand Am rotors/calipers both front/rear, Wearever Ceramic Brake Pads, Fiero Store SS Braided Brake Lines, '93 S10 Blazer 2WD Master Cylinder, and Cardone part # 54-71061 Power Brake Booster for '96 S10 Pickup.

And for those of you (like me) searching the junkyards, the booster labeled SU is the correct one. If it does not work it is a bad booster. Save your time and effort and buy the $98 reman version from the parts store. It is well worth your time and money. 2 of us so far have discovered this the hard way.
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Originally posted by imacflier:

I asked Rodney if I should wait for his version. His reply "Probably never going to happen." So guess it is time to get out the BFH.


New news. Have made some progress. Still 50/50 but might happen. Seemed to be a dead end for a long time.

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I have OK'd them to start making them. Will still take a few months or mre before I have them in stock. Will be basically the same as the S-10 booster. The push rod will be HD and 10 mm in diameter. Other than the hammering of the sheet metal they will be a direct fit. Price is probably going to be $189.00 plus shipping.

Compare to:

The new booster (A1 Cardone P/N A154-71061, cost me 110.31 @ AutoParts Warehouse. Unfirtunately, the core cost ($30) will be lost as the booseter is different and the old one is cut up.


Only $39 more and the push rod is the correct length plus larger in diameter.

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Rodney, that is very good news.

Is yours a double diaphram unit?
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Originally posted by Jncomutt:

Is yours a double diaphram unit?


Of course. It would not be worth it to make a single. A single would have less gain than the factory dual.

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Rodney, is this going to be available for 88s too??

Thanks,

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One size fits all years 84-88.

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For what it's worth and I can't speak for previous years because I don't have the rebuild manual for them. However my manual shows that for 1988 Fiero the brake booster is a tandem diaphram booster. That would explain some of the varying results and why a larger diameter is required.

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Rodney,

 
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The new booster (A1 Cardone P/N A154-71061, cost me 110.31 @ AutoParts Warehouse. Unfirtunately, the core cost ($30) will be lost as the booseter is different and the old one is cut up.



RockAuto.com sells the same part for $65.99 plus a $30 core charge (total 95.99) - quite a large savings over your quoted source. Plus you can often find 10% discount coupons on the internet.
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Rodney,


RockAuto.com sells the same part for $65.99 plus a $30 core charge (total 95.99) - quite a large savings over your quoted source. Plus you can often find 10% discount coupons on the internet.


But you still have to do the cut and weld on the banjo. I would not trust that in my 88 Mera!!

Plus the Rock Auto booster is a rebuilt part. My boosters are all new. My boosters will have the correct banjo to fit the Fiero. How can you compare that to a rebuilt S-10 booster with the wrong banjo from Rock Auto?

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Rodney,

Sorry, but I was under the wrong impression (I need to read more carefully - I was misled by the part where you said "the new booster cost me") that you were taking the S10 booster and modifying it yourself, for a profit on the labor. I was merely providing you an alternate, less expensive source for the S10 part than the one you quoted. I didn't realize that you were having these boosters made from new parts, custom fitted for the Fiero.

Mike

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I have one sample on hand. I am looking for someone to try it. You get a free booster for trying the sample. My only request is that you have already done this conversion. I want someone that has done the conversion and is driving their Fiero on a regular basis with the S-10 booster to try my sample. You will need to be able to install it as soon as you receive the booster. If all is OK I can have them start to make them.

Email me at rodney@rodneydickman.com

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Report this Post07-15-2010 02:40 PM Click Here to See the Profile for BlacktreeClick Here to visit Blacktree's HomePageClick Here to Email BlacktreeSend a Private Message to BlacktreeEdit/Delete MessageReply w/QuoteDirect Link to This Post
I can do that. PM sent.

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Report this Post07-16-2010 12:59 AM Click Here to See the Profile for ConvictedRedneckClick Here to Email ConvictedRedneckSend a Private Message to ConvictedRedneckEdit/Delete MessageReply w/QuoteDirect Link to This Post
Just wanted to add that I completed this upgrade and the difference is amazing! I used a 97 S10 pickup booster and bought a $4 die, coupling nut, and jam nuts to extend the banjo and it was a piece of cake! Much easier, cleaner looking, and safer than cutting/welding.

ETA: And a big thanks to Blacktree. The post with the pictures and parts list a few above me made the whole project much easier!

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Report this Post07-16-2010 06:35 AM Click Here to See the Profile for jsketchamClick Here to Email jsketchamSend a Private Message to jsketchamEdit/Delete MessageReply w/QuoteDirect Link to This Post
just a question for us Junk yard pull apart guys, is the 1996 S10 booster the same as other year S10's? like is a 1993-1996 the same? or is it just the 1996 all by its own? Never had a S10 and don't know what is the same year to year..
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Originally posted by Rodney:

I have one sample on hand. I am looking for someone to try it. You get a free booster for trying the sample. My only request is that you have already done this conversion. I want someone that has done the conversion and is driving their Fiero on a regular basis with the S-10 booster to try my sample. You will need to be able to install it as soon as you receive the booster. If all is OK I can have them start to make them.

Email me at rodney@rodneydickman.com



Rodney, when are these going to be in stock?
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Report this Post08-23-2010 05:06 PM Click Here to See the Profile for BlacktreeClick Here to visit Blacktree's HomePageClick Here to Email BlacktreeSend a Private Message to BlacktreeEdit/Delete MessageReply w/QuoteDirect Link to This Post
I've been testing Rodney's new booster for about a month now, and it works great. If he does decide to go ahead with production, this will definitely be a "gotta-have" item for just about any brake upgrade.
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Report this Post10-03-2010 07:38 PM Click Here to See the Profile for BuddaBellyClick Here to Email BuddaBellySend a Private Message to BuddaBellyEdit/Delete MessageReply w/QuoteDirect Link to This Post
So are these going to hit production soon? I'm getting ready to do brakes and this just makes sense.
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