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Old 11-13-2003, 12:41 AM   #1
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Rear Disc brakes?

I would like to know if anyone has changed their non-SVT focus to disc brakes in the rear?? I am looking to see if there is a way to do it without spending over a thousand on a brake conversion kit. I know the cougar uses the same bolt pattern as the focus and it has disc brakes stock in the rear. Is there a way to use that setup and put it on the focus? Suggestions are definitely needed at this point.

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Old 11-14-2003, 01:59 PM   #2
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Check out B.A.T. Inc. They have a full conversion kit for $895.00. This includes 12" slotted rotors, calipers, hubs, brake lines, the works.
I'd call these guys first to see if this kit can be used if your car has ABS.
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Old 11-26-2003, 02:20 PM   #3
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I am looking to do the same thing bro, let me know what you find. I really hate drum brakes one of the few things I don't like about the focus.
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if you get traction control as an option on your focus, you get disc brakes, pretty positive. so picking up the parts off an old beater at a junk yard and swapping onto your own focus shouldn't be too costly.
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if you get traction control as an option on your focus, you get disc brakes, pretty positive. so picking up the parts off an old beater at a junk yard and swapping onto your own focus shouldn't be too costly.
I have never seen a focus with disc brakes other than the ST cars and the SVT. That doesnt mean that they dont exist but I was never offered any option of traction control and from what I understand the focus has an automatic traction control that keeps wheel spin down. I an not sure about this though.

I am hoping that its not too hard to swap the parts. I have looked at the cougar rear end and the focus rear end and they are a lot alike so it might work. I will keep everyone posted if and when I get a chance to do it.

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Old 11-27-2003, 04:35 PM   #6
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yeah the traction control definitely includes rear discs, it'll be hard to find one in a junk yard though.
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Old 11-28-2003, 01:02 AM   #7
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What about PZEV? I don't think you can get traction control with it.
Anyway, it's a great topic, I was just browsing the web today looking for the better brakes (I have a PZEV with no ABS). If the whole thing is just $895 it would be a good value.
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My 2003 ZTS is equipped with traction control and it does not have rear disc brakes. The advance-trac system does not have rear disc brakes, either.
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I have contemplated the rear disk conversion too, but the near $900 price tag is too much for me. However, I did see a cheesy alternative. I was looking through the Focus Fanatic magazine and noticed a car with rear disk dummies. It is a cross drilled disk (probably like a 5mm spacer) that sits between the rim and drum. It looks better than a drum but cheesy in concept. I figure if I put those on my car, I will buy the fake turbo noise maker for $200.

This is just an idea.
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do any rear brake systems off other ford cars besides the focus fit?
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