I recently came on here with a band problem,didn't get any satisfaction,my new cotton bands appeared to be to thick and I could not put the nuts on the shafts,could not even get close to using the tool that holds the ends together.I then removed the bands and took the lining off and ordered new Kevlar linings,when they came they were as thick as the old cotton ones,so I cranked down my steel roller machine as tight as I could and still start the lining between the rollers,they compacted down to two thirds their original thickness so I riveted them on and they worked perfectly. What I'm wondering is am I the first guy to ever have this problem? I later ran the cotton bands through the rollers and they compressed the same way and stayed thinner,I could have saved 82 dollars.Fritz
I wood have used wood liners. If the kevlar drags at all, it will overheat the drums and break them.
Fritz, what with wear on the drums etc, I have never had a problem with fitting any bands. Often there has been a need to add a spacer between the band material and the metal band to bring things back inti spec and get enough adjustment.
Allan from down under.
Fritz -- The $82 is money well-spent. The Kevlar bands are much superior to the cotton ones. After 2 or 3 adjustments, you won't need to bother with them for a long time. Just don't get them too tight, and you (and your car's drums) will be fine.
How did you rivet the band linings to the bands? They should be started at the ends and worked toward the center so that the band material is tight against the metal bands. Often the band material is incorrectly installed by working from one end to the other. If it does not lay flat and tight against the metal bands, it will drag the drum between rivets. That would give the same result as band linings too thick. The bands should also be soaked in oil before installing.