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Old 10-26-2012, 08:49 AM
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Anyone do a 96 F-250 rear disc brake conversion?

If I decide to keep my 96 I'm going to do some updates. Rear disc brakes will be one of the first on my list. So what is a good set up for the heavy duty rear axle?
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My 0.02 USD worth . . .

Your existing drum brakes are more than up to the task. Over 75% of your braking power is in the front brakes so why go to the hassle of putting discs on the back?

The coolness factor doesn't outweigh the expense and negligible gains by doing this conversion. Throw a good set of hi-performance shoes in the back and call it a day.

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Your existing drum brakes are more than up to the task. Over 75% of your braking power is in the front brakes so why go to the hassle of putting discs on the back?

The coolness factor doesn't outweigh the expense and negligible gains by doing this conversion. Throw a good set of hi-performance shoes in the back and call it a day.

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The rear drums work, but the hardware is always falling apart. Just a PITA to mainatain. I found the TSM conversion. Looks pretty good. I don't mind spending a few bucks for a truck I would keep another 5+ years.
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Your existing drum brakes are more than up to the task. Over 75% of your braking power is in the front brakes so why go to the hassle of putting discs on the back?

The coolness factor doesn't outweigh the expense and negligible gains by doing this conversion. Throw a good set of hi-performance shoes in the back and call it a day.

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I agree with this.
If your hardware is "falling apart" there's a problem that needs fixing, but if your drum brakes are in good shape, they should perform just fine.
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The coolness factor doesn't outweigh the expense and negligible gains by doing this conversion. Throw a good set of hi-performance shoes in the back and call it a day.

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I thought about doing the same conversion and the more I thought of it, the more I realized I didn't NEED this and it was just something cool to have.

If the brakes are a PITA to maintain, get them fixed to the point where they won't break down. It'll save you a lot of $$. However, if you do want a conversion, I'd suggest a kit and I have seen some at Summitracing.com.
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Tbh i would do it too on my 96 .. tired of dealing with rear drums
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Just repair the drums, no need for discs on the rear.
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Gentlemen, all due respect, but I didn't ask if the drum brakes were adequate enough. I know they are-most of the time. I said if I keep the truck, I'm going to update the brakes to disc, and what's a good setup?
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regular disks and pads.. nothing special..
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summit racing setup or find a newer 99+ f250 rear brakes.. should be bolt in
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Gentlemen, all due respect, but I didn't ask if the drum brakes were adequate enough. I know they are-most of the time. I said if I keep the truck, I'm going to update the brakes to disc, and what's a good setup?
Some other vendors:

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Thanks Bro! that's the kind of info I needed!!!
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TSM uses Cadilac Eldorado calipers. They are designed for a 4,000lb CAR, NOT a 7000lb PICKUP. If you actually use your truck as a Truck, them you will Very much dislike them
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According to this article they are using 79-87 GM 4x4 calipers...

1989 Ford F-250 Disc Brake Installation - Four Wheeler Magazine
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According to this article they are using 79-87 GM 4x4 calipers...

1989 Ford F-250 Disc Brake Installation - Four Wheeler Magazine
If you want a parking brake(which 90% of the state inspections say you have to have) you have to use the eldorado caliper. If not, you use the 1/2 ton caliper on your 3/4 ton truck

At least with their dually setup you use 1 ton calipers, but ONLY if you dont want a parking brake
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