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Old 08-29-2012, 05:38 PM
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rear disc brake conversion?

has anyone done a rear disc brake conversion?
is it worth it?
fairly cheap?

my rear drums need to be fully replaced so i was thinking maybe i can get more stoping power and it would look nicer if i were to get rear discs so just wondering if anyone has done it
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Dodge rear disc brakes ............ are junk. It would be best to swap the entire rear axle out of an '03-'04 Dakota.
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Didn't notice a bit of difference in mine.
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Didn't notice a bit of difference in mine.
Hello,

I use rear disc conversion on my trucks that use GM calipers. Super easy and they provide great stopping compared to original drums. I have had them on for years. About the cost of replacing drums, and definitely much easier than a rear end swap.
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I use rear disc conversion on my trucks that use GM calipers. Super easy and they provide great stopping compared to original drums. I have had them on for years. About the cost of replacing drums, and definitely much easier than a rear end swap.
I would be interested in hearing more about this, what GM calipers and rotors, and do you have a write up and photos for us? I have been toying with the idea of swapping my rear with a 03-04.
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I used Jeep Grand Cherokee disks on mine. Brandon Burns makes a Willwood setup that I will be going to at some point using 13" or 14" Viper rotors. The disk brakes with some EBC pads made a huge difference on mine. I hate drum brakes after 1 hard stop, they are done.
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I would be interested in hearing more about this, what GM calipers and rotors, and do you have a write up and photos for us? I have been toying with the idea of swapping my rear with a 03-04.
I have a shop laying up the cad design and will hopefully have kits available soon. It is an easy kit that works real nice. The only difficulty is getting the old drums off (beat and heat), and removing the cover to pull the axles out. This kit with be for 9.25 rear end.

I will keep you posted via this thread.
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I have a shop laying up the cad design and will hopefully have kits available soon. It is an easy kit that works real nice. The only difficulty is getting the old drums off (beat and heat), and removing the cover to pull the axles out. This kit with be for 9.25 rear end.

I will keep you posted via this thread.
Awesome, thank you! I have the 9.25 with 11" drums. Yea, knocking the axles out wont be fun, but once it is done I wont have to mess with drums any more.

When I do the swap, I am going to take the opportunity and replace my brake lines with some steel braided ones, and get my brake system cleaned up.

Looking forward to the update, thanks again!
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We should have all that as well. The only thing you need is a very short 9 inch or so line to go from the original hard line on the rear axle to the brake caliper. The axles actually come out pretty easily. After the cover is off (mess), you just rotate the carrier to access the center pin retainer bolt. Then they just slide out.

We will have a video at lsdak.com when my parts come back.

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Im interested in the rear brake setup, any idea how much it will cost?
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Sorry to rain on your parade, but it's already been done.

http://tsmmfg.com/2552.htm

If you want cheap and effective, I did the Jeep brakes for about $100 with junk yard parts. If you want high performance, I would go with the Willwood conversion. Just my $0.02.
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What year jeeps would the parts be on?
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I used the 95ish body style just cause there was so many. I did a write up on it some time back. Here it is:

http://www.dakota-durango.com/forum/...d.php?t=114356
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