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Old 10-05-2004, 04:40 PM   #1
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Drum Brakes in Autocrossing, and Improved Touring

I have a question about autocrossing, and racing ZX3s. Has anyone run into a problem with the rear brakes being drums? I know under repeated braking situations drums "can" lock up, and I worry about this and if it's simply better to look at an SVT to avoid this issue (either car will be autocrossing first month out).

Any stories or suggestions would be helpful


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Old 10-05-2004, 04:48 PM   #2
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I AutoCrossed a Mustang several years ago that had drum brakes on the rear.
Never had a problem, though I did install some better aftermarket shoes on them.

With that said......I'm extememly pleased with my SVTF on the course.
It's lightyears ahead of the '80 Mustang I had.

I say, go for the SVTF....if you can find one.
Very competitive right "out of the box".
No mods required.

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My 1st AutoCross in the SVTF
Looks like I ran it the first time with 1,350 miles on the odometer.

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Old 10-05-2004, 04:53 PM   #3
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well

a close friend drives the piss out of his zx3 w/drums-in fact the rear are original w/115k on them-just uses good fluid and carbo tech xp8s on the front. and car has a lot of track miles. with even the svt, the fronts do the hard work.
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Old 10-05-2004, 07:47 PM   #4
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the rear drums should be ok for autocrossing but if you havent purchased the car yet, just go all out and the get the svt model. you wont regret it.
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Thanks for all the info. It's finding an SVT that is the hard part. There is one available, but at this time I am not sure if it's financially prudent. Besides the brakes, I am sure the six speed transmission on the SVT is another reason to get the car over the ZX3

I have already read the posts on the back break swap for the zx3, so I am well aware of the price and difficulty of that. I just wanted to know of any problems with the orginal equipment.
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i regularly auto-x my focus, and i have no problems with my rear drums. However, i am looking into a rear disc conversion for my car, for heat dissapation purposes.
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i for one think you shouldnt go all out and get the svt. i noticed you are into racing. there is soo much more you can do to a zx3 , and at a cheaper price in the long run. i guess its just me but i have never seen the point. o and no flaming is neccesary, i know how pissed the svt guys get about people saying this, im just giving my honest opinion. No offense to anyone.
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Dangerous. Yeah, this car is the project racing car, so in the long run will come the V6 conversion and all the fixins, but in the mean time I will be taking it to the track and getting to know it a lot more.

The ZX3 question was because I was thinking about the inexpensive buy in (~10K for a zx3 ~16K for the svt) and then the number of parts available, but I, honestly, don't want to pin myself in a corner with a tough platform to build into a suitable race car.

This is off topic for the beginning of the thread, so I will end this here. Thank you all for the experience, I now know that the drum brakes shouldn't be that much of a focal point in the purchase decision.
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