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Advice on rear disc brakes upgrade

So I just spent 1500$ at shop to have a bunch of **** on my truck repaired but instead of them replacing the rear drums i said "**** it, ill upgrade to mustang disc brakes" because it seems that I am ALWAYS replacing rear drum hardware.

So anyways, is this the right kit to buy??
Ford Racing Rear Caliper Bracket Kit with Rotors (Rear Pair) at AmericanMuscle.com - Free Shipping!
But that is to upgrade to cobra brakes, aka the wrong kit?? I have 17 inch wheels but I also have 15 inch wheels so I think I'd prefer the GT kit.

Also here is full kits,
North Racecars Brake Solutions
But they're the same price for cobra or non-cobra application, which seems kind of strange to be the same price.

Any advice would be useful. I'm not sure of any junkyards up here so that's kind of out of the question unfortunately. I was hoping to find a kit online.
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someone comment so I can go buy the kit! I talked to Shane and I believe he told me to get the 550$ cobra kit as it should work with both my sets of wheels and offers better braking performance than the GT brakes.
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id go to the junk yard get some gt calipers and the backing plates, then get some rotors and caliper brackets new
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i wouldnt buy junkyard calipers. didnt (grant?) test fit some 15's on the cobra set up in the rear in his write up on how to convert rear disc and they cleared

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id go to the junk yard get some gt calipers and the backing plates, then get some rotors and caliper brackets new
I don't even know what we have for junkyards up here. Too much work unless I wanted to buy an exploder axle. I'm willing to pay for new cause brand new parts are nice.

And FX4Wannabe01's brother has cobras and I believe they test fitted aftermarket 15 inch wheels and were fine.
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i am waiting for more responses to this thread too cause i am in the same boat. i need to replace my rear brakes badly
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i am waiting for more responses to this thread too cause i am in the same boat. i need to replace my rear brakes badly
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If I were you I'd see what's in your area for junkyards and just get the setup off any 94-04 Mustang... unless they're in really good shape just use the calipers as cores and get a reman set. Should be alot cheaper than buying a new kit!
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Not to step on any toes but don't the '09 or '10 Rangers have rear disc stock?
What about getting parts directly from ford?

Or did they change the rear end when they added the rear discs?
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SSBC makes a rear disc kit also
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Not to step on any toes but don't the '09 or '10 Rangers have rear disc stock?
What about getting parts directly from ford?

Or did they change the rear end when they added the rear discs?
Very expensive option, but i don't think it will be a bolt on deal
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Not to step on any toes but don't the '09 or '10 Rangers have rear disc stock?
What about getting parts directly from ford?

Or did they change the rear end when they added the rear discs?
that is a really good questrion... but it will probably cost an arm and a leg to get the parts from ford
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did a quick search and it looks like the '10 ranger has the same disc setup as the explorer.

according to fordparts.com
caliper bracket - $169 each
caliper - $83 each
rotor - $105 each
parking brake shoes - $138 each
plus more money for all the little things to hook up the parking brake.

That's close to a grand if not over.....
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Oh wow, the new rangers are rear disc. Interesting, i should see if I can find a crashed one!
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With XLT's selling for over $20G it would have to be really badly damaged to end up scrapped. You would need to find a '10 or newer. I am not sure about the '09s.

My local dealer has '10 starting at $18100 up to '11 at $28400.... that's just crazy..

Good luck in your search.

The Mustang swap is looking real good about now.
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Quit these stupid and asinine thoughts of 2010 disc conversion. Do some searching just here on RF and you'll see proof of '10+ trucks have a totally new axle housing and NONE of the components interchange onto '09 and older axles. It's not just like the explorer set up, but it's similar to just about all RWD Ford's of current generation. But by all means, go ahead and try to swap it on. You'll just be spending 3 times if not more than you would for a BETTER set-up for far far cheaper that's been done dozens of times on fox body's and rangers and is proved to be a very good setup.





SN95's on '09 and earlier axles FTW. Cobra FTMFW.


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- https://www.ranger-forums.com/f59/ho...ear-end-95557/
- https://www.ranger-forums.com/f69/fi...ow-hook-97941/
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Do some searching just here on RF and you'll see proof of '10+ trucks have a totally new axle housing and NONE of the components interchange onto '09 and older axles.
Thank you.

This is the first I have heard of this but was also wondering if something was changed for the disc's. I see there is a change.

I also noticed that the rear axles need to be removed to remove the drum setup. I have to many other projects so mine will most likely be staying drum.
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Thank you.

This is the first I have heard of this but was also wondering if something was changed for the disc's. I see there is a change.

I also noticed that the rear axles need to be removed to remove the drum setup. I have to many other projects so mine will most likely be staying drum.
Dude....you're over thinking a little bit. Pulling axle shafts is EASY and VERY FAST work. Pop the cover off, remove center pin in carrier, push in axle shafts, remove c-clip, slide axle out, done. Onto bolting on the caliper bracket then sliding the axle shafts back in. Literally, a 'stang rear disc setup can be done in under 2 hours and on the road for the test drive after bleeding in under 3.


I know this word is used too much now adays, but it definitely applies here: the difference in braking power is EPIC.
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Dude....you're over thinking a little bit. Pulling axle shafts is EASY and VERY FAST work. Pop the cover off, remove center pin in carrier, push in axle shafts, remove c-clip, slide axle out, done. Onto bolting on the caliper bracket then sliding the axle shafts back in. Literally, a 'stang rear disc setup can be done in under 2 hours and on the road for the test drive after bleeding in under 3.


I know this word is used too much now adays, but it definitely applies here: the difference in braking power is EPIC.
Your bro's how-to doesnt even mention removing the axle shaft. Yah I probably should replace the fluid in my rear end anyways so axle shaft replacement wouldn't be bad. Maybe I should get 4.88s at the same time haha.
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blah....who cares. Some how-to's aren't totally holding your hand how-to's. Gotta finger out some things for yourself. lol.
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damn i need to do this before the snow falls
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Dude....you're over thinking a little bit. Pulling axle shafts is EASY and VERY FAST work. Pop the cover off, remove center pin in carrier, push in axle shafts, remove c-clip, slide axle out, done. Onto bolting on the caliper bracket then sliding the axle shafts back in. Literally, a 'stang rear disc setup can be done in under 2 hours and on the road for the test drive after bleeding in under 3.


I know this word is used too much now adays, but it definitely applies here: the difference in braking power is EPIC.
And just as easy if you have limited slip?

My other project I am trying to get to is a frame up on a '68 F250. Been sitting sence '06. I'm working on getting it into the garage to work on it over the winter.
Sad to say but the Ranger is on the back burner. I even picked up a LED line of fire thing for the Ranger in the Beginning of Aug. I still have yet to install it.

I'm such a slacker
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And just as easy if you have limited slip?
Should be just as easy. Im going to do this on my axle that im working on. just needs the mustang stuff and the rebuilt trac loc and its good to go in
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i needto do this soon. i have to do my brakes and both axle seals anyways
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