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have the original rear drums on my sei narrow. How much agrivation is it to convert to disks. It this going to be westfield arts or does some one know another way..

Alternativly, are discs on the back not that much better ?

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you need to get new rear upprights a set of callipers set of discs handbrake cable etc etc and to be honnest i did this conversion on my old car and it made no difference at all because all the braking is done by the front the car is so light anyway , the standard front cortina brakes could stop a fu****g great cortina they will stop a lets say 600 kg westy and the rears are escort from memory so they should be up to the job as well if your having problems stopping try new discs with decent pads before spending shed loads on conversions oh and maybe a bias valve  :t-up:  :durr:  :p

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'original rear drums on my sei narrow'  is this the sierra 'a type' setup? if so..

I think Kit-Fit based in south scarle nr Newark Notts have sorted out a bracket to convert the original sierra irs drums to disks. I dont expect it would be very expensive. not sure of the number but directory enquiries will have it.

regards

Jon

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I converted many years ago, and it came to over £500 IIRC.....I did it 'cos the old (thin) driveshafts weren't up to the prodigious torque and power produced by my NA Cosworth....... :devil:

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is that right ??? not up to it ay :0

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The rear brakes do a lot of work on a Westfield - far more than on most normal cars.  It is nothing to do with the light weight but the weight distribution.  Many Westies come in tail heavy with a driver.  Some of this load gets moved forward under a heavy stop but the rears should do almost as much braking as the fronts.  You also have the problem that the front brakes sit in the airstream and get cooled nicely while the rears tend to overheat.

Ian

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Interesting comment from Ian.

I have an 88sei narrow - mk2 escort rear drums and cortina calipers/ disks on the front. Last year, both rear wheels cylinders packed up at the same time and leaked fluid such that the brake shoes were completely soaked with fluid & ineffective. The result of this on the road is that the front brakes would lock up very easily and the stopping distances increased considerably which was very unnerving - got it fixed pronto...

Admittedly at the time I still had a set of 13 year old goodyears on the car which were rock solid which didn't help matters, but i was surpised at the contribution the back brakes make when stopping the car.

I currently have yoko a539s and the car now pulls up very well.

Phil

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