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Old 11-12-2006, 09:23 AM   #1
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drums to discs

how hard is it to switch the rear drum bakes to disc brakes. is there really that much difference between the two.

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I come from a miata that has disks in the rear and would say its somewhat better and really simple to change pads.. if i wanted to upgrades on stopping in general i would put bigger or somewhat better disks in the front and leave the rear as drums. The only reason i would change to disks in the rear is if i melt the drums and need an replacement. Thats an interesting thread though.

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Old 11-12-2006, 12:13 PM   #3
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I kinda like the idea of upgrading to discs in the rear. I am curious on how hard it would be and how much $$$$?
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I kinda like the idea of upgrading to discs in the rear. I am curious on how hard it would be and how much $$$$?
I've seen people upgrade cars to disks and it costs about 50 for extra parts + parts needed for the disks.. disks, calipers, pads

Final cost i'm guessing would be around 250-300
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Old 11-12-2006, 07:35 PM   #5
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HERE's a write up to see what all is involved. This was done on a Super35c. There are a few writes up floating around along with complete kits...but most are on the D44. And yea, it makes a sizable difference. I haven't done it on my TJ yet. Probably will here in the next couple of years.
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Old 11-12-2006, 08:18 PM   #6
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i would definatly do the swap; disks stop better, are easier to repair, and much easier to clean after ridin
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Old 11-12-2006, 08:50 PM   #7
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Cleanup after mud is a big plus.... and if you do a lot of mud it might make it worth the price. On the flip side, my wife’s 03 X has drums on the back, and disc on the fronts and her jeep stops much faster and easier then my 03 Rubicon with discs front and back. Drums have more surface area so as long as they are adjusted correctly and maintained they will stop better then pads.

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Old 11-12-2006, 09:12 PM   #8
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Drums have more surface area so as long as they are adjusted correctly and maintained they will stop better then pads.Frank
you are totally correct.. heat is bad though.. in drum heat is big enemy since its nearly sealed close
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I have only had a heat issue one time when someone over adjusted a rear brake and it really cooked the drum, tons of smoke and the drum was glowing red hot. Don't get me wrong... I'm no fan of drums. I have owned many cars with drums all around..... go through a puddle and the try to stop!!! It would take two feet on the pedal and then you might stop.

In my earlier post I was just trying to say that the drum rear /disc front setup works well (operational wise better then disc / disc) and unless your wheeling in mud alot, probably not worth the cost to change over. Now if it was a race car (circular track) I would definetly say change your drums to disc because of heat issues.


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just found this website and so far its deffinetly deserve to be sticked since it has ALOT of stuff.. http://www.stu-offroad.com/suspension/d35disc/d35-1.htm

http://www.stu-offroad.com/suspension/d44brake/bc-1.htm
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Old 11-13-2006, 11:50 PM   #11
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yeah 1BLKJP just recommended that site in another thread.

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