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Brake Shoe Troubles.

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Right, so I've had a devil of a time trying to find new brake shoes for my truck.

 

Must've ordered at least three sets and sent 'em back because despite the claims of various websites, they did not in fact fit.

 

Though at least I found good Drums on the second try.

 

Anyone know where I can find ones that will?  I measure the brakes out at 1 3/4 inches wide, but a lot of the ones I can find that actually seem like they might work are for RWD while mine is 4wd, and the 4wd ones listed are too wide.

 

Does it really even matter as long as they fit?

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Try ordering for an '85 720 4x4. Eighty-six was a half year and parts counters probably have it as an D-21 Hardbody which was introduced 11 '85 which is about half way through the '86 model year. Confusing but...

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Not sure if this is related but I had an issue with my 510 mos ago with brake shoes not fitting right.  Come to find out that they were too thick and found ones at Winchester auto.  Bet you it's all that Made in China crap and QC is not there.

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Try ordering for an '85 720 4x4. Eighty-six was a half year and parts counters probably have it as an D-21 Hardbody which was introduced 11 '85 which is about half way through the '86 model year. Confusing but...

Eh, worth a shot.

 

It does seem like all the 4x4 breaks are 2 1/4+ inches wide, whereas mine are 1 3/4.

 

So either the guy who owned the truck before me swapped some stuff out, or RockAuto is listing their stuff wrong.

 

Looks like the BENDIX 571 shoes will fit though, at 10" X 1.77".

 

Or the RAYBESTOS 527PG, since they're on sale and I've heard good things about them.

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Not sure if this is related but I had an issue with my 510 mos ago with brake shoes not fitting right.  Come to find out that they were too thick and found ones at Winchester auto.  Bet you it's all that Made in China crap and QC is not there.

 

Traditionally, replacement brake shoes were thicker.  You [the shop] were supposed to measure the actual inside diameter of the brake drum and machine / grind in a lathe like tool to the exact ID of your drums.

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I seem to remember my B-210 shoes were that way. I tried everything to get them on. Ended up grinding away metal on the shoes where they sit against the adjusters.

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