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anybody know who has the cheapest rear disk brake kit. I know I could do it myself for fairly cheap but I thought I saw in an add somewhere a kit for like $250 and that was with everything. Anybody have any ideas.

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Did that kit include calipers, break lines (=adapter brake lines), proportioning valve, brackets, rotors, and maybe even longer wheel studs?

You can buy the brackets for about $70 or $80 from somebody on here...can't remember who <IMG SRC="smilies/frown.gif" border="0">

Check www.IH8MUD.com
There are some pretty good write ups on there about disc brake conversions.

I was considering this swap earlier this year but have a different rear axle in mind now. The total cost would have been about $200.

Keep in mind that you have to have the centers of the rotors machined out so they will fit over the center flange casting on your cruiser axle ends. Also, the wheel studs end up being a little bit shorter than I am confortable with (I currently use 3"x1/2" wheel studs so I wouldn't have had that problem <IMG SRC="smilies/biggrin.gif" border="0"> )

Good luck

BTW, aren't you going to swap in a jeep dana 44 soon anyway?
 

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Oh yah, a brief summary of some of the costs may be helpful (if I can get it correct).

Rotors [email protected]$40 each

calipers [email protected]$37 each

proportioning valve= adjustable one from summit (made by Stainless Steel Brakes Corp) is only $30.

Machine out rotors (free if you have a friend with a lathe...like some of us do <IMG SRC="smilies/biggrin.gif" border="0"> )

Longer wheel studs... <IMG SRC="smilies/confused.gif" border="0"> you may not think they are necessary.

Brackets = $70 or $80 from <IMG SRC="smilies/confused.gif" border="0"> someone on this board or on the IH8MUD website

Brake lines = <IMG SRC="smilies/confused.gif" border="0"> I'll be generous and say $50.

Yahh, It is lunch and I'm bored <IMG SRC="smilies/jester.gif" border="0">
 

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I doubt you will find a complete kit for under $400, so here's what I do to save costs.

Buy the brackets from TSM for around $100 or so, go to the local pick N pull and get some 78-83 Monte Carlo calipers for $30, get the 88-91 1/2 ton 4x4 light duty rotors from the local parts store, or even a wrecking yard, take them to a friend with a lathe and turn the inners down to fit the LC axle flange. Then re-flare the your own brake lines to go from SAE to metric, or buy those little adapters from any parts store. Thats about the only way you can do it for under $250.

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You can also get the rotors and calipers from carparts.com for very cheap! I bought calipers for $15 each awile back for my Dana 44.

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thanks guyst that is kind of what I figured as far as build your own. I will check the magazines tonight and make sure I wasn't dreaming

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Originally posted by Tankota:
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Rotors [email protected]$40 each

Longer wheel studs... <IMG SRC="smilies/confused.gif" border="0"> you may not think they are necessary.</STRONG>
If you get the 85977 or 5977 brake rotors for a Chevy pickup, they fit flush with the little disc on the outside of the axle and you don't need longer studs. But they're the higher-buck rotors, maybe $60 each IIRC.



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Brackets = $70 or $80 from <IMG SRC="smilies/confused.gif" border="0"> someone on this board or on the IH8MUD website</STRONG>
Cardinal Fang on this web site - AKA Bill Jackson [email protected] makes/sells them. I think I got a pair for $60 from him. Nice guy too! He's in Folsom, CA.

I've got a half-baked RDB write-up here.

Morgan
 
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