1 (edited by zanzabar88 2017-09-06 05:22 PM)

Topic: school me on master cylinder design

I'm not sure I understand this properly, so looking for someone to explain it for me. I know next to nothing about hydraulic physics.

I'm altering a needlessly complex brake system by doing the following:
- removing the front brake booster that was originally fed from one port on the master cylinder, the line ran back to the rear of the car to where the booster was located, then all the way back up to the front and then to a splitter that went to one caliper on each side.
- replaced original master cylinder (rusty one on the right) with one that has two separate ports for the front, and will run a separate line from here directly to each caliper.
- The rear brakes will remain stock (no booster) with a single line running from one port on the MC to the rear splitter.
- The result will be much simpler, but time will tell how well it stops the car!


My question is, is it reasonable to assume that two lines directly from the MC -one to each front caliper- will provide more clamping force at the calipers than a single line to a splitter that then feeds each caliper? Or am I misunderstanding the physics here?

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Re: school me on master cylinder design

There are two issues at play here:
- As long as there is no gas/vapor in the brake lines, and only fluid, any pressure applied to the system is equal throughout the system.
    That discounts any frictional losses, and only after all movement of various pistons stops. Clamping force is the same regardless.

- The other issue is a single supply split to two caliper vs. two individual lines - The single line can only move a certain amount of fluid, 1/2 to
   each caliper. That may mean a longer pedal travel depending on the MC design. But looking at the pic, it seems that the two ports feed from
   the same piston, so all you've really done is make your single line split into two, very short and fat, and your wheel lines really long.

Should work well, though you may miss the booster.

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Re: school me on master cylinder design

Cripes what a nightmare.

Hmmmm. the master on the "Servo Unit" may be a diffrent displacement than the "driving" master that directs the Servo Unit.

Be certain you can run both front brakes with the displacement of the "Driving" master. Check on each how much volume you move with one pump either by math or actually pumping it into a measuring container.

You'll also want to put a proportioning valve on the rear line. Looks like the Servo unit was acting as the front to rear proportion control which you now won't have.

Your life may be easier if you just switch to a dual master pedal with a balance bar really.

Then you can math out how much MC you need for front and rear

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Re: school me on master cylinder design

This is the idea:

But just going to use the stock brake calipers.

So, should I get a proportioning valve on the rear line?

I haven't been able to find any specs on the cylinder volume, etc., other than that the piston diameter is 19.05mm

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5 (edited by jrbe 2017-09-11 05:16 PM)

Re: school me on master cylinder design

I think that is the funky booster you're ditching. You should be able to drive it with the engine off, use the brakes a few times until assist goes away, and see how bad the brakes will be without it helping.
It's been a while since I've done anything with one of those, but I think it about doubles brake pressure. Just a foot feel, nothing scientific there.
It's really hard to say how balanced the brakes were, or how bad they will be without front assist. An adjuster on the rear will only make sense if you have enough brake to stop and if the rear is over biased.
There's the potential of changing the lever ratio of the master cylinder to pedal. Though if I remember right, under the steering column in those is chaos. Not sure you have room to do much under there without big changes.
I'd hang onto the booster just in case you realize it was a bad idea removing it.
There's also the challenge of that master being able to make a lot of pressure if you do up the pedal ratio. I was told they used leather as the seals..no idea if that's true. It might not be up to the new task.

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Re: school me on master cylinder design

I'll start by saying I know nothing about this car, but I won't let that stop me from give you advice.  Seems brake balance is achieved by increasing front line pressure via the booster.  If you eliminate the booster and re-balance the system with conventional proportioning valve, then the rear pressure will be decreased.  Now the whole system will be running at a lower pressure than it was designed for and I would guess you would have poor braking.
As mentioned you could move the pivot point on the pedal to increase pressure from the master.
Or is there anyway you can mount a newer style vacuum assisted booster and master cylinder up front.  Then hard line a vacuum hose from the engine to the booster?

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