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Old 07-27-2012, 12:33 PM   #41
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I appreciate your explanation. Realistically, however, would rear only hydraulics give you any more stopping power than the ebrake? I should've taken physics, damnit.
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Old 07-27-2012, 01:20 PM   #42
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I appreciate your explanation. Realistically, however, would rear only hydraulics give you any more stopping power than the ebrake? I should've taken physics, damnit.
Physics classes suck hard. :)

It's mostly that the main hydraulic braking system is boosted by the engine, and also that you can't pull up with your arm nearly as hard as you can push on the brake pedal with your leg.

When you pull the parking brake lever, you're literally just pulling a skinny little cable to draw the rear shoes into the drums. As you pulled the lever harder and harder to make the decelerate the car more quickly, the cable would stretch or eventually break, before you could apply the rear shoes nearly as hard as the brake pedal can.
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Old 09-25-2012, 10:04 AM   #43
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Hate to bring back up and old thread, but I'm one who wanted the 5-Speed Candy Red Hatchback really bad and the only one available in my area was a 2012 without the Sport package... so I settled for the rear Drums.
However, putting aside all opinions of Drums vs. Disks - I'd prefer to have all 4-wheels disks and started to look into the parts and trying to see what the differences are...
I snooped around Tousley Ford Parts Depot and found a couple of diagrams with prices etc.

Of course, this only gives a snapshot of what the parts are and is not a true representation - and I'm pretty sure you can get some of these parts for cheaper if you search hard enough; but here's what I'm seeing so far:


1 - Rotors - $80 (pair)
2/3 - Hubs Assemblies - $150 (pair)
4 - Backing Plates - $32 (pair)
5 - Backing Plate Bolts - $9 (for 8)
6 - Calipers - $170 (pair)
7 - Caliper Bleeders - $8 (pair)
8 - Caliper Hardware - $20 (pair)
9 - Caliper Support - $50 (pair)
10 - Caliper Support Bolts - $4 (for 8)
11- Brake Pads - $44 (set)
12 - Brake Springs - $16 (pair)
13 - ABS Sensor - $20 (pair) - if not compatible with current
14 - Brake Hoes - $22 (pair) - if not compatible with current
15/16 - Brake Tube and Line - $30 (set) if not compatible with current

So the total would be definitely be +/-$650 from Ford... unless you get most of these from a different supplier or even a junk yard (for calipers/caliper support/backing plates)... (pads/rotors could be bought at your local Autozone or even Ebay for example)


Is there anything else (besides e-brake/parking brake cable) that would be needed for such a conversion???
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