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Old 05-23-2020, 02:08 PM
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Ford 9 disc brake kits

My’56 Panel has disc brakes in the front And drums in the rear. I was wondering how many here have installed any of the kits Converting to disc on a Ford 9”. Was it worth it and what kits did you use? For a weld in kit, I will need to take it to a shop—I don’t weld. Thanks. BTW, the front discs are the 11” Granada ones. Have you upgraded those as well?

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I've used different kits on different projects. Usually the ones with 11" discs and using GM calipers mounted on a bracket. Not that hard to install but as the bottom part of the bracket welds to the axle tube, make sure that the caliper sits all the way down on the disc so that the entire disk pad is on the rotor surface. I finished up one without checking as the bracket was "supposed to fit perfect" and I ended up with about a 1/3 of the pad hanging in the breeze. A bit irritating to have to re-do the work.
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If you have the late big bearing housings (AKA Torino), then the solid axle Ford Explorer brakes will bolt on. At least the brackets will. I'm not sure about the center register for the brake rotor.

The Explorer axle uses a different bearing housing than the typical 8.8 rear. I have an Explorer kit that I got from Currie years ago on my 46. It has a separate drum type parking brake inside the rotor.

I just checked the bracket bolt pattern on a junk yard sourced Explorer bracket against a Torino bearing housing I have. It was a perfect fit. The Explorer also has a 5 x 4 1/2 bolt pattern.

As I said, the rotor register on the axle might be an issue. I sourced the kit I'm running at the same time I bought axles from Currie so they may have made any mods.

Getting an Explorer setup from a junk yard might save you a little money.
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Thanks. More research agrees the ‘96-2001 explorer bolts right to the “Torino” —-which I have. But a couple articles reference a spacer about .200” thick. Since I don’t have a conversion to look at, I’ll scour YouTube. So far I like the explorer parking brake set up more than other style of cheaper kits....if anyone here has used the cheaper spring type parking brake calipers with success, please let me know.



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