Baer Front Disc Brake Conversion

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  1. Maverick Dude

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    I’m looking at a straight conversion of the front brakes from drums to discs using the stock drum spindle. Baer has a conversion like that, but I was wondering if anyone has direct experience with it. I’m trying to minimize the investment but was wondering if the brake feel and stopping distance is improved. This is not a power brake conversion. Here are some screen shots.

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    RMiller My name is Rick

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    Should be leaps and bounds better than drums. One thing to be aware of, master cylinder bore diameter and pedal ratio have a lot to do with pedal effort so you might want to contact them for recommendations on which one would work best. Whatever you do, get the right one, drum brake masters are different than disc, a lot of people run them without issue but they may get better performance with a different one.
     
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    If my car didn't have Granada conversion; I would have this setup. Granada conversion does a goood job, but, I believe this would be a big improvement over the 2 piston system.
     
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    Yep, even the later Maverick disc setup is much better than drums, this has to be better yet. Maybe consider using an '89 Ranger disc/drum master cylinder, if you don't mind the look of a more modern piece. I like it because I can check the fluid level without opening the top.

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    Is that Ranger master for manual brakes and is it a direct bolt in or any mods needed?
     
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    It works fine with my manual brakes but I think it was originally for a power setup since the pushrod isn't captured in the piston and could fall out. Added a small L bracket under the dash to keep the brake pedal from coming back too far. Picked up a pair of adaptor fittings at Advance Auto to mate the original brake lines to the MC. I did use an adjustable pushrod to get the pedal height just right.
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    Thanks for the info!
     
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    canuck222 vroom, vroom...

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    Is there any advantage of going with Baer vs. Wilwood? Quality, completeness of kit, parts availability etc?
     

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