Project Blue Bomber: Part 4 - 2011 Chevy Silverado Photo Gallery
Performance Binders from AP Racing
Harley Camilleri –
May 25, 2013
Photo 1/25 | 2011 Chevy Silverado brake Test | Our factory brakes performed admirably stopping the Silverado in 126-feet from 60 mph during our repeated brake testing. However, after the fifth panic stop, the brakes began to smoke, the pedal got squishy, and our distances began to increase.
Photo 2/25 | 2011 Chevy Silverado brake Test | Our factory brakes performed admirably stopping the Silverado in 126-feet from 60 mph during our repeated brake testing. However, after the fifth panic stop, the brakes began to smoke, the pedal got squishy, and our distances began to increase.
Photo 3/25 | 2011 Chevy Silverado stock Disk Break | 1. For the average consumer, Chevy's stock front disc brakes will provide adequate performance for many years of faithful service. We're nowhere near the average consumer and our truck was making too much power to be safe on the road, so these were the first to go.
Photo 4/25 | 2011 Chevy Silverado caliper Removal | 2. To do away with the puny original caliper, we simply unbolted it from the spindle.
Photo 5/25 | 2011 Chevy Silverado abs Wire | 3. On the upper control arm, the ABS sensor and brake line share a support bracket. We freed the ABS wire and unbolted the bracket.
Photo 6/25 | 2011 Chevy Silverado disconnecting Brake Line | 4. Then it was a simple matter of disconnecting the brake line and setting the offending stock parts in the spare parts bin.
Photo 7/25 | 2011 Chevy Silverado removing Brake Rotor | 5. Chevy uses a tapered head screw to hold the calipers in place on the spindle. A power driver made short work of the fastener so we could finally remove the brake rotor from the Silverado.
Photo 8/25 | 2011 Chevy Silverado ap Racing Brake Kit | 6. Out of the box, AP Racing had everything ready to bolt on. It included a pair of Goodridge braided stainless brake lines that are more resistant to swelling under hard use. (PN: AP7500R, $2,994.00)
Photo 9/25 | 2011 Chevy Silverado thread Locker | 7. Mounting the new caliper brackets required the stock hardware to be reused. We dabbed them with a bit of blue thread locker to ensure they stay put.
Photo 10/25 | 2011 Chevy Silverado spindle | 8. AP Racing designed its brackets to mount directly to the factory spindle without modification. The calipers were mounted in radial fashion, to eliminate caliper flex and pad deflection during abusive track days.
Photo 11/25 | 2011 Chevy Silverado torquing | 9. Everything in the kit had a specific torque value and we adhered to the recommended 130 lb-ft.
Photo 12/25 | 2011 Chevy Silverado cross Drilled Rotors | 10. Since the parts were designed as a direct fit for this application, the new 14.25-inch vented and cross-drilled rotors slid right into place.
Photo 13/25 | 2011 Chevy Silverado ap Racing Brake Caliper | 11. AP designed the front kit with a larger six-piston caliper for greater pad contact patch and swept area. That reduces heat while allowing greater frictional area and shorter, repeatable stopping distances.
Photo 14/25 | 2011 Chevy Silverado oodridge Braided Stainless Break Line | 12. The Goodridge braided stainless line was connected to the stock hard line and clipped into place.
Photo 15/25 | 2011 Chevy Silverado stainless Steel Brake Lines | 13. AP used two new copper crush washers and a banjo bolt to allow the brake line to be directly bolted onto the caliper.
Photo 16/25 | 2011 Chevy Silverado ap Racing Brake Caliper Installed | 14. Finished up, the front AP Racing kit screamed for us to hurry up and hit the track.
Photo 17/25 | 2011 Chevy Silverado rear Drum | 15. We chose to not worry about pulling apart our rear axle to figure out a way to get rid of the drum brakes. Instead, we just removed the axle all together.
Photo 18/25 | 2011 Chevy Silverado axle Removed | 16. At the ready, was this axle we pulled from under a 2004 Silverado that came with factory disc brakes. After Sutton Enterprises in La Habra, California, shortened it 2 inches per side to better tuck our aggressive rear wheel/tire combo, we stuffed it full of goodies and a fresh coat of paint.
Photo 19/25 | 2011 Chevy Silverado ap Racing Rear Brake Kit | 17. On the table, our 14-inch rear rotors and four-piston calipers sat anxiously waiting to get installed. The rear assemblies had all the features of the front brakes in a slightly smaller package. (PN: AP1550R, $1,468.00)
Photo 20/25 | 2011 Chevy Silverado vented Rotors | 18. The AP Racing 14-inch vented rotors slipped in place over the stock emergency brakes on our newly narrowed rear axle.
Photo 21/25 | 2011 Chevy Silverado thread Locker | 19. Again, with long-term safety in mind, blue thread locker was squeezed onto the hardware.
Photo 22/25 | 2011 Chevy Silverado caliper Brackets | 20. Using the original bolts, we set the caliper brackets in position and torqued them down to 52 lb-ft.
Photo 23/25 | 2011 Chevy Silverado rear Calipers Installed | 21. Notice how the rear calipers mounted towards the rotor instead of across. This style is known as a radial mount. The allen-head caliper mounting bolts were then torqued to 35 lb-ft.
Photo 24/25 | 2011 Chevy Silverado banjo Bolt | 22. We completed the rear brakes by tightening the banjo bolts and crush washers together through the Goodridge brake line. The real grunting began a minute later when we had to pull the rear suspension apart to get the narrowed axle in its new home.
Photo 25/25 | 2011 Chevy Silverado ap Racing Brake Caliper | 23. After bleeding the fluid and bedding in the brake pads, it was time to test our new performance braking package. As you would imagine, the Silverado stopped with incredible force and brake fade was completely absent. The system just stopped again and again without fail. Blue Bomber should be ready for anything now and we're excited for the next track day!