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Henrik

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AAJ Brakes disc brake conversion,anybody?

Post by Henrik on Fri Aug 26, 2011 8:16 pm

Has anybody bought a disc brake conversion from aaj brakes?
i'm in texas for the moment and thinking of buying an conversion kit for my a100 pickup, but scarebird kit doesn't seem to fit,if i understood right?

if i don't remember wrong their webpage (aajbrakes.com) doesn't say how much the kit is for an a100 but they do have kits both for 2200 and 2500 axles.
for example the so-called super kit (for a '57 plymouth) is 900$ plus shipping,but it should include everything.

has anybody any knowledge if it's even close to bolt-on kit or do half of it yourselve-to-get-it-fit....

so if anybody has got info , please tell me (and everybody else) about it.
Thank you : Henrik

RodStRace

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Re: AAJ Brakes disc brake conversion,anybody?

Post by RodStRace on Sat Aug 27, 2011 7:01 am

I have not used their products, but they have a good rep over on the HAMB forum.
I would say that almost any kit is going to need a bit of fiddling to go together and work properly.

MoparFreak69

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Re: AAJ Brakes disc brake conversion,anybody?

Post by MoparFreak69 on Sat Aug 27, 2011 10:10 am

For $900 it better bolt right on without having to fiddle with much of anything. You might try to ask them to email you the installation instructions and start by reading them over and see how they are written and illustrated. If the instruction manual is junk, the kit probably isnt going to be a ton better. If the instruction manual is clear, concise and very easy to understand and follow along with then there is a good chance the kit might be worthwhile.
When/IF it comes time for me to upgrade to discs I am going to have my own brackets cut out and just source the parts I need myself. That way I am not spending the dough AND investing the time to make it all fit anyway. It will pretty much just be a labor of time.

kiwimopar

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Re: AAJ Brakes disc brake conversion,anybody?

Post by kiwimopar on Sat Aug 27, 2011 2:53 pm

Good luck with emailing the guy, I sent him a request asking for disc rotors, and it took two weeks for a reply. Then he advised me to go to Auto parts warehouse. Shocked

He probably does a nice job of the specialised parts, but I didn't get the answer I wanted for a disc conversion to my A.

I ended up sniffing around local (New Zealand) sites and found the '32 Ford front end has the same spindles, and calipers etc from a late model Ford car would bolt on. But it is a huge amount of cheese to drop just to have the luxury of discs over drums.....more than it is worth it after a lot of consideration. I have been advised that a remote booster and a Wilwood proportioning valve would give me a nicer pedal, and would probably take away the urge to convert. Wink

Let us know how you go Henrik Cool

MoparFreak69

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Re: AAJ Brakes disc brake conversion,anybody?

Post by MoparFreak69 on Sat Aug 27, 2011 5:28 pm

kiwimopar wrote:
I ended up sniffing around local (New Zealand) sites and found the '32 Ford front end has the same spindles

How certain are you of this info? I can't find crap for dropped spindles for the A but I know you can get them for the '32 Ford straight axle setup. I would love to get the front end down lower without having to send my axle out for weeks at a time to have it modified. If they do fit, like you said getting disc brake setups for them are easy as pie.

kiwimopar

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Re: AAJ Brakes disc brake conversion,anybody?

Post by kiwimopar on Sat Aug 27, 2011 7:08 pm

MoparFreak69 wrote:
kiwimopar wrote:
I ended up sniffing around local (New Zealand) sites and found the '32 Ford front end has the same spindles

How certain are you of this info? I can't find crap for dropped spindles for the A but I know you can get them for the '32 Ford straight axle setup. I would love to get the front end down lower without having to send my axle out for weeks at a time to have it modified. If they do fit, like you said getting disc brake setups for them are easy as pie.

Have a look at this link - I have not seen the goods in person, but I can get the owner to send better pictures and info if you are keen. The shop is at the bottom of the island I live on - so it's and all day trip. Price in NZ Dollars - exchange rate is approx NZ$1 = US$0.84
Happy to help if you think it is worth it. Wink

http://www.magoos.co.nz/shop/product_info.php?cPath=46_196&products_id=1263



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MoparFreak69

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Re: AAJ Brakes disc brake conversion,anybody?

Post by MoparFreak69 on Sat Aug 27, 2011 7:23 pm

Wow, quite the price difference from what we see over here. My boss has a '39 Ford Woodie that we just put these spindles on with the disc brake setup that the same outfit sells. Aside from the typical king pin fitment procedures it was all a bolt together deal that works fine.

Thanks for the info Kiwi. I will do more research and since the boss has the car I can do some measuring the next time he brings it in to the shop. It should be soon as I have a Columbia 2 speed rear axle almost ready to be put under it.

kiwimopar

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Re: AAJ Brakes disc brake conversion,anybody?

Post by kiwimopar on Sat Aug 27, 2011 7:26 pm

No problem. I am guessing here, but I suspect these spindles come from the States, and are modified to suit locally sourced calipers etc.

LMK how it goes Cool

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