I recently bought a 98 Ranger, it needs a decent bit of work. Right now I am tackling the rear brake issue it has. The previous owner already had the rear disk conversion done on the truck. When I got the truck it had a busted caliper and busted caliper axle bracket also. I have read and read all the conversion how-to's and am still running into a problem. It seems the original owner had did a conversion, but he just pieced together one, seems he did not use all the parts from the same vehicle. I am having a hell of a time figuring it out. So im going to try and make this as easy as possible to explain.
Here is what was originally on the truck. The caliper and rotor. Notice how the rotor has multiple holes in it, looks like a generic rotor. Also notice how the caliper axle bracket has a "step" in it which would recess the caliper.
For the life of me I cannot figure out what vehicle that bracket came off of. This setup also has the vented rotors on the rear as you can see. So I got so frustrated I had NAPA up here at least 8 times bringing me Cobra calipers, GT calipers, Cobra Rotors, GT rotors, etc.. all do not fit.
So I figured why not just go with the write up on here and do it that way so I don't have any problems. I don't need vented rotors or anything, so I wanted to go with the rear mustang setup. So I went to the junkyard and got this rt side bracket off a 98 Mustang. Notice how its flush all the way across and does not have the recessed "step" in it like the original.
Figured ok.. now I can just put a GT caliper, pads, and rotors on it and all will be good. That was not the case. They do not fit even with the spacer behind them. If I spaced it out enough to clear there would not be enough studs left to mount the wheel. Heres how it fit
I am beyond frustrated at this point that I could just get a rear drum setup and call it a day. Im hoping some of you can help. Does the truck have an explorer rear end or something? What parts should set me straight? Thanks in advance!