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post #1 of (permalink) Old 01-02-2004, 11:57 PM
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Disc brake conversion really worth it?

Well, finally got my truck running again (only took 13 months [img]images/graemlins/blush.gif[/img] ) and now I'm back on the board with a question. Have any of you done the rear disc conversion, and do you think it's worth it for an off-road rig? I don't do any highway driving with my truck, just commute back and forth to work and play up in the foothills.
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Re: Disc brake conversion really worth it?

I really think it would be, mainly when backing down hill. But no personal experience
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Re: Disc brake conversion really worth it?

I'll never go back to drum brakes. The only thing I'd ever run drums on is a tow rig.

It's nice not having my rear tires lock up when I hit the brakes hard. They still lock up before the fronts but it's a lot more difficult to get them to lock up. It used to be if I did a quick stab of the brake pedal the rear would lock up.

It's really nice not having to take your tires off to hose out the drums.

It's nice knowing your tire isn't going to roll away if I break a c-clip.
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Re: Disc brake conversion really worth it?

It's a simple question really...... do you need better rear brakes? if so then disc's would help ..... the whole locking up thing can be fixed with an adjustable proportioning valve for less $$$$ but for best braking performance you can't beat disk ...... pads wear faster than shoes though....
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Re: Disc brake conversion really worth it?

I'm pretty sure the locking up thing is more due to the way a drum brake works than anything else. When you stomp on the brakes the shoes are flung outward and the way drum brakes work is that the shoes bind up inside the drum. It works kind of like a moving wedge between the pin that holds the shoe and the drum. Not much actual pressure is applied by the wheel cylinder.

An adjustable proportioning valve didn't solve my lockup problems. I don't run one anymore because I didn't need it. Plus, I sold it to a kid for more than I paid for it.

I don't know about pads wearing faster than shoes either. Maybe they do, maybe they don't. I know shoes don't last very long with mud in them which is why I used to hose out my drums every Sunday. I know my shoes didn't last as long as my pads in the front, we'll see if my pads in the rear last longer than the ones in the front.
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Re: Disc brake conversion really worth it?

Worth it? I dunno, but you can't beat the bling!





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