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Old 05-12-2018, 04:30 PM   #1
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Hello everybody: question about Flathead Tedís delux version brake floater system. On the front brakes should the top Long spring be installed?

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Old 05-12-2018, 06:15 PM   #2
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coatings03, timely topic. I hope you get a lot of good information, I'm going to buy the de luxe kit myself. If you wish to talk to an expert on them, call Bob Grady 925 933 1154.The deluxe version is all he will use on jobs he performs. He's in Pleasant Hill, CA, nice person. Randy Gross near you may also be of help, I haven't talked to him about the Flathead Ted stuff, but maybe?
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Old 05-12-2018, 08:46 PM   #3
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I have Flathead Teds deluxe kit in my '30. I put a spring in the top, but a much lighter than the stock one.
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Old 05-12-2018, 08:55 PM   #4
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Hello everybody: question about Flathead Tedís delux version brake floater system. On the front brakes should the top Long spring be installed?

Thanks,
Your help is appreciated.
Jim m
I have Flatheads Teds Deluxe set of floaters. I emailed him about removing the top spring on the front brakes. He replied quickly and said definitely remove the top spring; I did and there was immediate improvement. Also, please be aware that the brakes are a series of components; all have to be properly in sync for the brakes to function effectively. Floaters are not a quick fix, just one part of a well performing system.
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Old 05-12-2018, 09:37 PM   #5
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coatings03, timely topic. .... Randy Gross near you may also be of help, I haven't talked to him about the Flathead Ted stuff, but maybe?
I talked to Randy Gross about using the Flathead Ted kit on my brakes that he just rebuilt for me. His comment was in effect: "Why?" So I still have my unused kit in the box on the shelf.
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Old 05-12-2018, 09:46 PM   #6
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I talked to Randy Gross about using the Flathead Ted kit on my brakes that he just rebuilt for me. His comment was in effect: "Why?" So I still have my unused kit in the box on the shelf.
The "why" is because there is a huge improvement in braking performance and reduction in required pedal pressure over stock brakes if installed and set up per Ted's instructions.
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Old 05-13-2018, 01:34 AM   #7
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I have a friend in the US who has worked on more Model As than I'm ever likely to even see. He says he has been asked to remove more of those brake setups than he can remember.
I have no experience with them, just repeating what he says.
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Old 05-13-2018, 04:25 AM   #8
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I also have a friend in USA ( maybe same guy ) same thing . but I told him send me all the ones you take out , so far none turned up, I like them & use the std kit , no they won,t fix stuffed brakes, but sure as hell improve good brakes , watch north islands clubs video , So all those who don,t like them send them to me ill pay the freight ,
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Old 05-13-2018, 06:38 AM   #9
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I also have a friend in USA ( maybe same guy ) same thing . but I told him send me all the ones you take out , so far none turned up, I like them & use the std kit , no they won,t fix stuffed brakes, but sure as hell improve good brakes , watch north islands clubs video , So all those who don,t like them send them to me ill pay the freight ,
I'm sure it is the same guy. As I said, I have no experience with them so I'll believe just about anything.
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Old 05-13-2018, 07:56 AM   #10
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I have 2 Model A's, one with Flathead Ted's brake floaters and one with recently restored stock brakes. By far, Flathead Ted's brake floaters are superior.
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Old 05-13-2018, 09:09 AM   #11
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I second Bob’s comment.
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Old 05-13-2018, 07:36 PM   #12
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I have 2 Model A's, one with Flathead Ted's brake floaters and one with recently restored stock brakes. By far, Flathead Ted's brake floaters are superior.
You can't please all of the people all of the time, they say. Some will like them, some not. I have been told they are good so long as they are kept in adjustment. I suspect those who don't like them have allowed the adjustments to wander.
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Old 05-13-2018, 07:55 PM   #13
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They are PITA to install for minimum gain. Think again.
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Old 05-13-2018, 08:29 PM   #14
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I have a set ready to install. Everything I have read says to eliminate the top long spring as it defeats the self actualizing feature if used. I have no opinion on them since I jut got them and they are still in the box.
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Old 05-15-2018, 12:53 PM   #15
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Leave the top spring off. I have two A"s with flat head ted"s brakes an they are great a lot better then original brakes.
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