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Project for maybe 3 years down the road

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92' Ford Ranger Supercab with 2.9 V6................with 8.8 rear axle assembly for 99-2008 Ford Ranger.

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I have new drum brakes with my recently installed rear axle assembly. I want to let these drum brakes run their life cycle, and then be done with drums for good. I don't want to take up a lot of anyone's time.
This is something I would like to do maybe 3 years down the road. When that time comes, can I convert to rear disc brakes?

Would it generally go like this...............pull axle shafts...........bolt on disc brake backing plates/install disc brakes.........install parking brake system that does not use a drum.......and replace with compatible brake lines and master cylinder if needed

Like I said, no need to take up a lot of anyone's time right now. But is this doable?
 


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Will do Ranger850.

I got plenty of time to look into this to see if this will be an option.
 

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There is a couple options out there to do a disc conversion. I believe they are all covered in the technical section. I think the Mustang conversion is the one that uses your existing axle to do the conversion but I’m not completely sure on that.
 

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Yeah Sandman, I also heard that about the Mustang backing plate possibly crossing over.

I saw this rear disc brake setup that uses a smaller caliper mounted next to the primary caliper. The small caliper is the parking brake. No parking brake drum. Just a separate emergency brake system on the same rotor.
VERY expensive
 
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That setup Ranger850 linked to would be the simplest, especially if you could find junkyard parts, don't know what the kit would cost...
 

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Yep. Ranger850's procedure is the one I read about this weekend. Now I have to ask myself if it will be expensive and will there be good parts availability.
 

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I think I just "contributed".
 

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I think I just "contributed".
You better play the lottery because you won't have a better chance than now. Oh, never mind you blew your chance with that post.
 

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Look at LugNut4x4 for their Eldorado calipers and kits. No drum parking brake and was recommended by Bobby Walter
 

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I'll check it out Gump
 

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The mustangs brakes from that tech article don’t use drum parking brakes. They have a ratcheting cylinder in the rear caliper for the parking brake.

I would think anything mustang related is going to be the easiest to get cheap parts for since they are so common.
 

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Cool. Someone earlier said to make sure my axle shafts are 28 spline. They are.
 

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