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Previous Next Up Topic Disc Brake Advice By Don Giovanoni Date Fri, 05 Jan 2001 00:15:23 -0000

I have been holding off on buying wheels for the new Manx because I am struggling with the decision to run disc brakes or not. I originally was going to convert my 69 chassis to wide 5 bolt wheels, using Thing or Type III rear drums and OE 66-67 front drums. This would give me the vintage look I thought I wanted.

I know from experience that a Manx doesn't weigh much and drum brakes normally stop one fine, but I like the self-adjusting feature of disc brakes. Throw in the fact that calipers and pads are a heck of a lot easier to work with than brake shoes, springs, and adjustment tabs/wheels, no laying on your back with a brake spoon, and you can see the disc brakes appeal. I am thinking of sticking with 4 bolt wheels and run disc in front and stock drums in the rear.

Has anyone converted to KG front disc brakes (which is what the conversion kits provide)? What is your experience? Do they mess up the front to rear brake bias, causing squirrelly stops? Did you keep the stock or bus master cylinder?

Any input would be welcome... Don