Here are the ugly stock brakes
It's not necessary to remove the entire strut assembly from the car to do the install but I like to start fresh with a bare strut housing.
Remove the stock caliper, and rotor.
Remove and discard the old backing plate. Unbolt the old rotor from the
hub, now's a good time to really clean up the hub and make sure it's free of any nicks or dings (resurface as needed).
This is a good time to install new wheel bearings, seals and studs.
Here's one of the new front rotor assemblies , please note that they are directional so pay attention to the little arrows (or R & L ).
Bolt the rotor to the back of
the stock hub just like the original with the supplied 10mm X 30mm
bolts, lockwashers & flatwashers. If you're using the 1970-1973
hubs be sure and use our 240Z rotor assemblies (You can identify the earlier
240Z hubs by the 4 scallops on the side of the hubs). The 1974-1978 hubs
have a slightly different offset for the rotor and use our 280Z rotor assemblies.
Install the rotor assembly back onto the spindle along with the bearings, seals etc.
Note: the outboard edge of the lower control arm may need to be trimmed or ground down so it will not rub the inside face of the rotor (see red arrow), you must check for adequate clearance BEFORE DRIVING! and with the car on the ground with the suspension under full load!!
Tighten the bolts that mount the caliper to the bracket.
Bolt the caliper assembly into place on the struts with the 12mm X1.25 thread bolts. You can cut off the old brakeline mounting tab if you like.
Pay attention that the bleeders point upward when the calipers are
A correct install should look something like this.
Braided stainless brake lines with fittings are included . Screw the short brass fitting into the caliper (I use TEFLON tape) , attach the larger metric end of the braided line to the factory hard-line, finally screw the small end of the braided line to the caliper fitting as shown.
Do a thorough job of bleeding
, a little bit of air in the system will really hurt the pedal feel and
performance. Both bleeders on each calipers need to be bled.
Check the rotor for run-out,
if needed the rotor and hub
should be turned on a brake lathe as an assembly. (Make sure your wheel bearings were correctly installed and the races seated first)
Use of the master cyl. for 1979-1981 280ZX is highly recommended as it has a bigger bore and larger reservoirs , and it bolts onto the stock Z power brake booster.
ALWAYS work the suspension through it's travel (including turning arc) to make sure there is no interference between the new brakes and the stock suspension components, wheels etc.