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Want to install calipers in the back instead of drums

i have a 2003 ford ranger and as u all know i have drum brkes. I want to change that but i dont know what kind of projec thats gonna be.
Any ideas how bad?
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SSBC makes a kit for our trucks.

You can swap 94-98 mustang brakes to it.

You can swap to an Explorer 31spline axle that has discs'

You can swap to a 31spline Ranger axle and swap Expo Discs to it(thats what i'm doing)
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This has also been done by a few members in here. I believe there might be a how-to on this. Just do a search on the topic (located between the Active topics and Quick links tabs at the top of the screen).
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This has also been done by a few members in here. I believe there might be a how-to on this. Just do a search on the topic (located between the Active topics and Quick links tabs at the top of the screen).
The how-to you are referring to is the Ford Racing Rear Disc Swap for a Ranger. It's basically EXACTLY what the expo has, and only works on the 31spline ranger rear ends(Fx4 Level II)
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Here's the kit I've been eye-balling. Appears to be for 8.8 axles for Mustangs so I'm not sure how much work (if any) it would take to make it work.

http://steeltechsolutions.com/REAR_DISC_PAGE_CODE.html

It's about half way down the page. $525 for everything including Parking Brake.

Much cheaper the SSBC, but probably won't look as good. My opinion though is if it works well, why not. I can paint it to make it look pretty.
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Explorer axle is a good swap but need to cut off the old spring perches and weld on new spring perches and leaf spring mount. With an FX4 LVL II it's a direct swap and you can just swap to disc brakes down the road. But FX4 LVL II axles may be a little bit harder to find.

04LVL2 Disc swap with 31spline LVL II axle How-To
This how to shows you how to convert to Disc brake setup using a 31spline axle.
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Explorer axle is a good swap but need to cut off the old spring perches and weld on new spring perches and leaf spring mount. With an FX4 LVL II it's a direct swap and you can just swap to disc brakes down the road. But FX4 LVL II axles may be a little bit harder to find.

04LVL2 Disc swap with 31spline LVL II axle How-To
This how to shows you how to convert to Disc brake setup using a 31spline axle.
Not to mention that the Explorer Axle is slightly wider then a Ranger axle so it can create alignment issues if you don't tell the guys aligning your truck about it.

Here's rwenzing's swap.
https://www.ranger-forums.com/forum2...ad.php?t=17512
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Here's the kit I've been eye-balling. Appears to be for 8.8 axles for Mustangs so I'm not sure how much work (if any) it would take to make it work.

http://steeltechsolutions.com/REAR_DISC_PAGE_CODE.html

It's about half way down the page. $525 for everything including Parking Brake.

Much cheaper the SSBC, but probably won't look as good. My opinion though is if it works well, why not. I can paint it to make it look pretty.
Holy *****....WAY better off getting a stronger axle that already has discs attached. Expo ftw.


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Not to mention that the Explorer Axle is slightly wider then a Ranger axle so it can create alignment issues if you don't tell the guys aligning your truck about it.

Here's rwenzing's swap.
https://www.ranger-forums.com/forum2...ad.php?t=17512

how would it cause alignment issues?? it's a solid rear axle!! it's 3/4" wider at each side(1.5" total)
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how would it cause alignment issues?? it's a solid rear axle!! it's 3/4" wider at each side(1.5" total)
I thought I've heard something like if you don't tell the people that are you doing the alignment that your rear axle is wider then the front, it will cause problems.

It may be false information, but I thought they somehow lined up the front with the back somehow. Now, if you tell them about the difference I don't think it's an issue at all.
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