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Duncan wrote:Certainly rust on the inside surfaces of the handbrake drums will reduce performance. And don't forget even after the mod is fitted, the adjustment inside the drums still needs to be spot on to make the system work OK. I don't think it's ever going to work really well, I'm afraid.
Jules wrote:Mintex shoes part no MFR 522 don't work at all!!
The radius is too small and the shoe surface only touches a brand new disc at the center.
With a 1mm gap at either end of untouched surface.
The original shoes have twice the depth of meat on them
Jumper wrote:Yes Duncan, I agree. It's a phenomenon of sorts.
When the brake is not applied, it's 'at rest' and under no load other than the tension caused by the locating shoe springs. It's difficult to see how that minimal level of load could produce such a dramatic distortion evident in so many units.
That's why my original post asked about metallurgists. The only thing I can think of that might account for it is if the steel rod was lesser alloy of some sort.