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All the time I read threads from guys wanting better braking power and asking about what pads are better or what rotors are better. Well this will go in a different direction but much better.

So anyone who has been following what I do knows Ive my latest mod was going to be a conversion from a vacuum booster on a gas engine to a hydroboost off a CTD engine.

Well I bought my hydroboosts some time back and had my hoses. Just for clarification there is a inlet hose, an outlet and a return. I bought my master cylinder and got to work.

Hands down, after everything is said and done........THIS swap gets better brakes that ANY pad or rotor combo out there.

Now I am at 78k and still on OEM rotors. However, I am running ceramic (C-Max) pads from Autozone.

The vacuum booster is held ion place by four nuts on the inside of the firewall above the brake pedal. Take the clip off the brake pedal also. The vacuum line gets disconnected from the booster and plugged. Disconnect the electrical connection from the master cylinder and disconnect the two brake lines from the master cylinder.

The M/S on the vacuum booster will not interchange on the hydroboost so dont ask.

So take the M/S and hydroboost and mount it to the firewall. Connect the electrical connector back to the M/S and connect the brake lines. Remember, you will need to bleed the brakes.

Ok, the hydroboost lines goes like this, from the PS pump to the inlet on the hydroboost. From the outlet on the hydroboost back into the rack where the line from the PS was originally. Then get a T fitting and T it into the return line that comes from the cooler to the PS pump reservoir.

NOTE: my hydroboost lines were not long enough. I hunted all over town for 3 days going to different companies trying to find adapter fittings or someone to make hydraulic lines for me. I went to Autozone, Orilleys, NAPA, Car Quest, Lowes, Home Depot and several other shops that specialize in making custom hydraulic hoses. NO ONE had or could do what I needed except ONE shop that wanted $180 to make custom hoses. ::pHUCK THAT::

The main issue was no one had flange type fittings and metal lines.

So I ended up taking my hydroboost lines and cutting the end of the metal lines and using 3/8" compression couplers to extend my lines. Doing this also allowed me to keep my power steering pressure sensor that I was going to loose when swapping the original PS hose to the hydroboost hose. Keep in mind the PS pressure sensor slightly bumps the RPM when it senses higher pressure due to making a turn. This keeps the pump from being a burden and power robber on the engine.

So I picked up a One Man Brake Bleeder from Autozone for $8 (part number 25036) that was a life saver. I also had two quarts of new brake fluid on hand.

I connected the bottle and clear hose to the right rear caliper and pumped the pedal. After about 3 bottles (not very big) I had no air bubbles and clear fluid. I did this to all the wheels and was done in 20 mins.

Remember the brake bleeding goes from right rear, left rear, right front, left front.

LET ME TELL YOU........the pedal moves about 1/2" and you have FULL brakes.

All in all, here is my part list and costs

hydroboost - $100
master cylinder - $40
2 quarts of ATF4 - $10
2 quarts of brake fluid - $5
4ft of 3/8"steel line - $5
steel tubing bender - $15
One Man Brake Bleeder - $8
1 pack of four 3/8 compression couplers - $10

Total - approx $190

How much do four new rotors and pads cost? More than that and wont give you this much braking power I promise.

Best of all, no more cursing trying to get to those spark plugs on cylinder 5 and 7. Plenty of room after this.

Pics? Thought you would never ask.

Full gallery pics
Hydroboost pics
 

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Now this is what I call thinking outside the box, great job.
 

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After thinking out it today, I think the reason my lines were originally short is because I have a body lift. Thats something to be mindful about
 

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great stuff
 

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Why didn't our trucks come like this?! Nice job!
 

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Weed, you should make up the lines for people that want to do this. Make it a bolt-n-play mod.
 

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Weed, you should make up the lines for people that want to do this. Make it a bolt-n-play mod.
I agree I think many people would be a lot more eager to do this without the extra work required. Myself included.

Good work WEED :D
 

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Great stuff there Weed.
 

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When I went from my Hemi to CTD, aside from the weight and power differences, the biggest thing I noticed was the braking. SOOOOO much better with hydroboost.
 

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When I went from my Hemi to CTD, aside from the weight and power differences, the biggest thing I noticed was the braking. SOOOOO much better with hydroboost.
I put Hydroboost on my GM about 3 years ago, I love the pedal feel and the extra braking power. The only reason I have not converted the Ram is I like to run it short belted at the track.
 

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Damn weed! nice thread, buddy. Makes those "hey,I plasti-dipped my rearview mirror" type threads look like spit. No offense to others. I am planning on some future plasi-dipping, myself.:D
 

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Nice write up Weed and great idea. If you make a long line kit I'm in.
 

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One thing I miss about my Cobra was the Hydraboost brakes.

Regular systems just don't feel the same.
 

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Does this work on a 2500 HEMI as well?
 

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A Hemi in a 1500 is the same as in a 2500
 

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Yes I know but the steering is different so I wasn't sure if the 2500 had different pumps or lines etc since its not a rack and pinion.
 
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