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Old 10-18-2012, 02:13 PM   #1
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2012 focus se converting rear drum to disc?

i was just wondering if anyone has done this yet...or looked at the titanium to see how hard this would be to do on the sedan


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Old 10-19-2012, 02:15 AM   #2
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Don't do it if your looking for big performance gains. Very negligible difference really. I've done this swap on a Fox body Mustang. Total waste of time and money IMHO.

Now if you want to do it for looks. Go for it. But prepare to pay big $$$.
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Old 10-19-2012, 08:07 AM   #3
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This^ Unless your doing all out track days on DOT competition tires, don't bother.
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Old 10-19-2012, 01:39 PM   #4
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There's a whole thread about this and I tried to add some insights to it - I'm one of the people on here who's interested in such a conversion and I'm still looking into whether or not it's possible - see this:

http://www.focusfanatics.com/forum/s...ake+conversion
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Old 10-19-2012, 04:11 PM   #5
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should have just ordered one with disc brakes. would have been way cheaper in the long run
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Old 10-20-2012, 11:54 AM   #6
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I think this set-up is definitely possible - time and research could help make it happen and less inexpensive

REPOST - maybe this might get some more attention:

REAR DISC BRAKE SET UP:

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...

REAR DRUMS SET UP:
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Old 10-20-2012, 11:55 AM   #7
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should have just ordered one with disc brakes. would have been way cheaper in the long run
"Should've, Would've, Could've" - Unfortunately, not all of us had the option to choose a model with the Sport package... There weren't any 5-Speed models with the Rear-Discs available in my area - so I took what I could get.
The point of this thread is to figure if someone's done, would someone attempt it, and could this become an option that others would be interested in.
Instead of criticizing and shutting down the idea of a "rear brake conversion", why not give positive constructive feedback, share knowledge, pictures or anything that would contribute to making happen?
Personally, my Rear Drums work fine but I want Rear Discs - simple.

Don't our stock engines, transmissions and suspensions work just fine as-is??? Why do we seek things like intakes, exhausts, springs, wheels, and big brake kits? Because we WANT them and we hope that someone out there will break "the norm" (<-- no pun intended) and open the doors for others...
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Old 10-21-2012, 05:55 PM   #8
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I'm already planning this conversion, my Foci will be seeing track use in the near future so drums don't cut it :P I'll keep you guys posted on updates!
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Good stuff - I'm planning the conversion too; just gathering up funds and info - Let's share notes and try to keep this thread alive!

I'm looking for some more detailed comparisons... side by side images, better diagrams (like the ones from the service manuals) - My main questions is: Are the lines/hoses compatible or exchangeable between... For example, I have a 5-Speed SE and I'm curious to know if my e-brake cable will still work with the discs or will I need to replace that? etc.
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Old 10-22-2012, 07:56 PM   #10
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You do realize that 80% of your breaking is at the front....just upgrade the front pads...you will see bigger results than if you spend $700 bucks

I was in the same boat as you...no rear disc hatch 5 speed within 350 miles of where I lived...PLENTY IN auto...i'll give up rear disc before I give up a manual
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