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manual brakes?

i did a search and did not find anything but i have a 1994 ranger and im looking to go to manual brakes. will one off like a 1984 bolt up. has any one done it ?
 
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Bolt up yes but you supply the bolts and you have to drill new holes about an inch lower.
Get the manual pushrod with the master.

You also might need the manual brake pedal, it has a different pushrod placement and you'll need that leverage.
Manual pushrod mounts 2.5" below pedal pivot, if you need to modify yours

Most want to go to power?
I assume you have a super big cam which means no vacuum to speak of so power booster is less than useless.
 
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no i was thinking about changing up my motor to a custom solid roller cam and some afr heads. i was told by the cam person i would not have good brakes if i stayed with power brakes.
 
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no i was thinking about changing up my motor to a custom solid roller cam and some afr heads. i was told by the cam person i would not have good brakes if i stayed with power brakes.
Consider an electric vacuum pump for the brakes. There are others, but the 1999 SAAB 9-3 turbo with auto and the 1995 through 1998 900 Turbo autos have a pump. Cheap, easy and solves the problem a cam can introduce.

On the SAAB's the vacuum pump is protected by the left front inner fender, directly under the battery tray.
 
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+1^^

I agree better to switch to vacuum pump than manual brakes, a lot of people forget what manual brakes were like, there is a reason power assist was developed and is now standard on all but the smallest cars.

Diesel engines pretty much have no vacuum so the alternatives to add vacuum are many, electric is probably best since it doesn't take any horsepower which is the point of a bigger cam.

OEM Ford has them or look at some of the online high performance shops, it is a common issue.

Power brake boosters do not need a constant vacuum, they have a check valve that holds enough vacuum pressure for 3 or 4 stops, this is because there is little vacuum with throttle plate open(normal driving), and in case engine stalls there will still be braking available to stop car.
 
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I went to manual and they sucked. so I added a vacuum can and pump. my camshaft is big for people that don't know. .672 lift


can and vacuum pump
 
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Upgrading the engine and downgrading the brakes is a terrible idea in my opinion, I agree with everyone else just run a vacuum pump. A more elaborate option is hydro assist brakes that run off the power steering system but they are more complex and less reliable than a simple vacuum pump.

Lol just realized how old this thread was. Nice to see you got it worked out.
 

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yeah its old one. I had a mustang and it was easy to go to manual brakes when I wanted too. I also went to rear disc brakes too that's why I was trying to get better brakes. I had to do 9 inch ends and c clip eliminator
 
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