In previous posts, we have discussed the safety and performance rationales for upgrading to disc brakes. Unless you have a rare, factory original classic ride that spends most of its time in a museum or the garage, you should consider upgrading to disc brakes. As a classic car enthusiast, you are sharing the road with cell phone toting, text messaging drivers who drive newer cars that come equipped with disc brakes and ABS. The rationale for upgrading to disc brakes seems pretty obvious. The tricky part comes after you’ve made the decision to do the upgrade—should I convert the front end only or both the front and rear brakes?
Under normal driving conditions, the vast majority of your stopping power is generated by the front brakes, so in many instances, you can do a front end disc-to-drum brake conversion and you’re good to go. Performance applications for vintage muscle cars—Mustangs, Chevelles, and Camaros are another matter. If you are an aggressive driver, you’ll want the added confidence that comes with a front and rear disc brake conversion conversion kit. Some of the heavier vintage cars are also good candidates for a complete front and rear disc brake conversion because the additional vehicle mass makes it harder for drum brakes to bring the car to a stop. Whether you are looking at a performance-based, muscle car application or simply a larger vintage sedan with additional braking requirements, the folks at MP Brakes can help. We offer a complete line of make-model-year specific Legend, Rallye, and Pro Driver Series front and rear disc brake conversion kits in a variety of price ranges.
Doing a front and rear disc brake conversion does add additional cost to your brake system upgrade, but the improved safety and enhanced performance will pay huge dividends for years to come. If you are still on the fence regarding the direction of your brake upgrade, drop us a line or give us a call, and we’ll be glad to discuss your options.