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Old 07-22-2013, 06:48 PM   #11
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There's a thread somewhere. A member did the swap using all ford own parts. It has the list of everything you need
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Old 07-22-2013, 07:34 PM   #12
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If you think discs don't offer a performance upgrade then you aren't paying attention. With the fronts doing the majority of the braking then it's even more important for the rear to do it's job,if the rear drums overheat then the rear will start to come around during hard braking plus drums overheat much quicker than a set of discs would. There's no reason a newer car like a Focus should even have drum brakes.
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Old 07-22-2013, 10:02 PM   #13
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I pay attention.
Been paying attention to cars for about 60 years.
If you think a Focus is anything more than a very nice subcompact, then we have to agree to disagree. Yes, if you feel the need to drive the Focus like a lunatic, go for the disc type on the rear to make yourself feel better.
The car would not meet the federal safety requirements if the drums were not up to the task.
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Old 07-22-2013, 10:33 PM   #14
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I spoke with a guy at FF. SPRAYPAINT. He did the swap using C70 rotors and calipers.
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Old 07-22-2013, 10:38 PM   #15
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One thing not mentioned here is the ease of servicing rear disc vs. drums. If the OP plans on keeping the car for a while, swapping rear pads is a matter of minutes vs. dealing with a nasty rusted rear drum and the inevitable carnage underneath.
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Old 07-22-2013, 11:10 PM   #16
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One thing not mentioned here is the ease of servicing rear disc vs. drums. If the OP plans on keeping the car for a while, swapping rear pads is a matter of minutes vs. dealing with a nasty rusted rear drum and the inevitable carnage underneath.
I remember replacing drum pads on my corolla at 175k miles....lol. They might've been replaced once prior to me buying the car at 98k miles Anyways, once the nightmare of replacing drums/pads/springs/retainers/ect was complete I hopped in the car to test the brakes out only to find that the brake master cylinders had blown on both sides. Apparently this is common on high mileage rear drums according to the parts store guy. Either way it was a wonderful weekend
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Old 07-23-2013, 07:18 AM   #17
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Guys - thank you for your replies. I am in Florida, so worrying about canyon roads and snow sticking the drums aren't my top concern now. My concerns are: Better stopping power. My 2003 SVT Focus would hurt you in a hard stop. I miss that. They look like ass behind my upgraded 17" split 5-star OEM wheel. Hub caps hid the nasty parts, but they are out there now. This will never be a race car. It gets me to and from work and the grocery store. But The area I live in has few straight roads, many curve around the lakes, so I find myself on the brakes often.

I've pulled the disk parts exploded diagram, and it seems well and good, but what I'm concerned about is the 1) brake lines 2) brake booster (is it the same for disks and drums?) 3) whatever else my S model lacks to accommodate the upgrade.
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I pay attention.
Been paying attention to cars for about 60 years.
If you think a Focus is anything more than a very nice subcompact, then we have to agree to disagree. Yes, if you feel the need to drive the Focus like a lunatic, go for the disc type on the rear to make yourself feel better.
The car would not meet the federal safety requirements if the drums were not up to the task.

Don't need to drive like a lunatic to get the benefits and I ask more from my car than most do so I expect a little more and it goes beyond just being good enough for the feds. In the mountains where we live discs make a big diff when coming down twistie roads and steep passes where drums heat up and lose their effectiveness real quick. If you're a demanding drivr than discs are a must, if your average joe shmo then ancient tech works just fine.
I have my STI for my lunatic driving.
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My friend has a 2010 sel and hes trying to perform a rear drum to disk himself... I'll be paying attention to this one.
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The cruise ($288 + 60 in labor), center console ($65 complete waste of money) and rims ($1200, 17" stock from Ebay). Not bad considering I paid around 17K for the car.
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