A rear disc brake conversion kit is any upgrade that for many people is on the radar. So, what is stopping you from doing it? For some of those people, it is fear. The simple fear of how to install it and the difficulty that might come from it keeps a lot of people from taking the plunge. While that is completely understandable, it doesn’t need to be the case. Let’s look at just how easy it is to install a rear disc brake conversion kit.
Have you ever been in a position where you didn’t do something because you thought it was going to take more work than you thought? We have been in this situation ourselves and we have heard from customers that they wish they knew more about something as it would have changed their decision.
This came up recently with a customer that went through and rebuilt all his stock drum brakes and then learned more about what it takes to complete a disc brake conversion kit. His thought, to begin with, was that he would have to change a bunch of things to complete the conversion. To help customers in the future, we thought we would discuss some of the questions that people have when contemplating a disc brake conversion and what else might need to be done.
Front disc brakes are -- to put it bluntly -- a safer option for stopping your classic car. It also increases stability and improves handling. Converting to front disc brakes from drum brakes on an older vehicle is a project that a DIYer could dive into.
That being said, a front disc brake conversion isn't something to just jump into blindly. For one thing, the conversion kit you need depends on both the type of car you have and its year of manufacture. Here at Master Power Brakes, we’re happy to walk you through some basics that you need to know if you’re planning on doing this project on your own. This blog will explain a quick overview of the process and some roadblocks you may encounter so that you can better decide whether it is a job you can do yourself or if it’s best to outsource it to professionals.
Manual brakes are a must if you are going for full authenticity when restoring your vintage ride. When stacked up against power brakes though, you are going to have less control and power when stopping the vehicle. While this might not be much of an issue if you'll be using it almost solely on the car show circuit, you'll probably notice a big difference if this is your daily driver. Master Power Brakes dives into the merits of both systems so you can make the best choice for your particular situation.
A question that our customers occasionally ask us is, “why do some disc brake conversion kits include a replacement spindle and others don’t?” Although there isn’t a simple way to answer this question, there are important aspects of spindles that are worth discussing.