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Rear Disc Brakes ?

Discussion in '1973-1991 K5 Blazer | Truck | Suburban' started by wayne, Mar 25, 2001.

  1. wayne

    wayne 3/4 ton status

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    I am working with Wes (thatK30guy) on getting a 14FF and Dana 44 but we are having problems getting the backing plates for the rear. We can get the right side new from GM but the left is n/a. So I was thinking of just getting the rears and not hooking the E-Brake up for now and later converting to rear disc. Is it a good idea not running the e-brake since it is an automatic. I don't see a problem with it because most vehicles I had in the past the e-brake didn't work anyway. Also if it will be ok who makes a good rear disc kit and what is a good price and how hard is it to convert. Thanks

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    I wouldn't worry about the no e-brake, especially temporarily. Another option is a hydraulic e-brake, just make sure to get one that is manually activated, not electrically.

    As for rear disks, I made my own using factory 3/4 ton front brake parts. Try doing a search with my name, if you don't find anything send me a email and I'll see if I can dig up the info.

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    Don't take your truck in for inspection without an E-brake...instant failure. And if you should get into an accident, there's all kinds of liability risk there.

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    No problems in Colorado, as long as it passes emmisions.

    Pete

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    I say sounds good... skip it for now. I'm doing that because mysteriously the hardware and E-brake strut and lever are missing from my 12B... so thinking about trying to put in the harware from my 10B or like you go w/ a rear disc setup later.

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    Hay jarhead, I am not worried about the Pa state inspection because I used to do them at one time. The place I go to doesn't even check the e-brake because if he would everything I own would fail. Not sure about the liability of an accident caused because of no e-brake.

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    I am confused about the right side left side thing aren't they the same on both sides?I know the fronts are.Brady

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    On the rear backing plates, the holes are opposite sides of one another. If you had them side by side, you would see the difference. If you installed the right side plate on the left, the e-brake cable would route to the rear of the truck instead of the front where its supposed to go.
     
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    I'm currently working on a rear disc conversion for my 14bolt. I went with TSM on this one. $300 for the brackets and rotors. You'll need to get 73 to 87' 3/4 ton calipers for it, unless you want ebrake right away, then you'll have to get 76 to 78' eldorado calipers.
    Anyhow, I won't be running ebrake for awhile, since I went the cheaper route by going with 3/4 ton calipers. I also have an auto, and my ebrake doesn't work quite right currently, so I don't see this being a problem at all. Eventually I'll go with the Eldo calipers though.
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