Homebuilt Tahoe Part 3 - Baer Brakes Installation Photo Gallery
Big Brakes Deliver Big Performance Without the Big Hit to the Wallet
Dan Ward –
Sep 16, 2013
Photo 1/19 | Finished Result
Photo 2/19 | Removing Rotor Set Screw | 1. With the Tahoe up on jackstands and the wheels and tires off, the first step in removing the factory brakes was to remove the brake rotor set screw with a T-30 Torx bit.
Photo 3/19 | Removing Factory Caliper | 2. The entire caliper assembly will be replaced. To remove the factory caliper we used a 17mm socket with a 1/2-inch wrench to bust the caliper mounting bolts loose.
Photo 4/19 | Removing Brake Hose Caliper Bolt | 3. A 13mm wrench was then used to loosen and remove the brake hose caliper bolt. The Baer brakes included new copper crush washers, and we never recommend reusing old brake washers.
Photo 5/19 | Freed Brake And Caliper | 4. With a drip can under the caliper to collect the leaking fluid, the caliper and brake rotor were both pulled free.
Photo 6/19 | Baer Brake Upgrade | 5. Baer's Alumasport brake upgrade includes 14-inch drilled and slotted rotors, two-piston calipers powdercoated red, new Baer brake pads, and the required mounting bracket ($1,295 a pair at autoanything.com).
Photo 7/19 | Installing New Rotor 1 | 6. We began the Baer install by sliding on the new one-piece rotor. It was vital to proper braking performance to install the rotor with the vane slots facing the right direction.
Photo 8/19 | Installing New Caliper 1 | 7. Using two lug nuts to keep tension on the brake rotor, the new Baer two-piston caliper with brake pads was slid onto the rotor and bolted down to the spindle.
Photo 9/19 | Torquing Bolts | 8. The caliper mounting bolts needed to be torqued down to 85 lb-ft, and thanks to a common 1/2-inch drive torque wrench, our front brakes were installed.
Photo 10/19 | Installed Copper Crush Washers | 9. Baer's Alumasport kit is designed to work with the factory brake hose. Once the new copper crush washers were installed, we tightened down the bolt and moved to the rear.
Photo 11/19 | Finished Front Caliper | 10. It took less than an hour to upgrade our Tahoes brakes with the Baer Alumasport kit, and that time includes both sides.
Photo 12/19 | Removing Caliper Mounting Bolt | 11. Out back, we used our Husky 3/8-drive ratchet shootout winner from our "Truckin Tough" series to break loose the caliper mounting bolt.
Photo 13/19 | Removing Hoses | 12. After sliding the front's drip pan under each rear caliper, the hoses were removed.
Photo 14/19 | Alumasport Rear Kit | 13. A really nice feature to the Baer Alumasport rear kit is the incorporation of the factory parking brake assembly in the rear hat of the rotor. This upgrade truly is a bolt-on affair.
Photo 15/19 | Installing New Rotor 2 | 14. Much like the rear, we slid the one-piece rotor into position, making sure the vane slots were facing the proper direction.
Photo 16/19 | Installing New Caliper 2 | 15. Using the factory mounting bolts, the new Baer caliper was secured in place and torqued down.
Photo 17/19 | Finished Rear Caliper | 16. It was literally that easy to upgrade our Tahoe's brakes. Before reinstalling the new wheels and tires, we bled each brake caliper, starting with the rear passenger side.
Photo 18/19 | Finished Result | 17. After a lengthy test drive to properly bed-in the brake pads to the new rotors, our Tahoe was stopping better than it did with the factory 17-inch wheels and tires. For less than the price of a traditional big-brake kit, our homebuilt Tahoe had improved looks and performance—a winning combination every time.
Photo 19/19 | Baer Brakes And Gianelle Wheels | Peering behind the Gianelle wheels, the red-painted Baer calipers and drilled and slotted 14-inch rotors helped our Tahoe look like a performance machine—but it was all accomplished in the driveway.