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brakes on my car are gone all around... i am considering doing this upgrade while my car is in the shop...
i am looking for pictures, testimonials, etc etc..
i know that the rear brakes aren't responsible for the majoriety of the braking that my car does every day, but i also don't wanna look like an idiot with the drilled/slotted front rotors i am planning on buying with black drums on the rear... looks are important to me just as they most likely are to you all. but if i get some added performance from the swap, i'd make me even happier.
i tried search and found a couple threads, but i am looking for more opinions on the subject before i take the plunge...
thanks peop.
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this is what they will be going on.

Modified by Feyd at 11:37 AM 2-15-2004


Modified by Feyd at 9:54 PM 2-15-2004
 

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Re: Who here is running the ECS drum-to-disk conversion?? (Feyd)

would like to read more about it too so here's a bump.. http://****************.com/smile/emthup.gif
 

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Re: Who here is running the ECS drum-to-disk conversion?? (dstdub)

and one from me too... http://****************.com/smile/emthup.gif
 

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Re: Who here is running the ECS drum-to-disk conversion?? (Feyd)

im actually about to do g60 rears on mine. thats the way to go imo. cheaper i bet
 

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Re: Who here is running the ECS drum-to-disk conversion?? (gwarballs)

I believe passatrcr has the kit. I did the vr6 conversion, and am quite happy with mine. 1 of my stock drums had a horrid brake fluid leak...
 

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Re: Who here is running the ECS drum-to-disk conversion?? (HockeyDork)

I used the ECS kit. It is TOP NOTCH!!!!!!!! It included everythig needed except brake fluid, which they have a pretty good price on so I got that from them too. It all went on without a hitch and have had exactly zero problems since day one. http://****************.com/smile/emthup.gif http://****************.com/smile/emthup.gif
 

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Re: Who here is running the ECS drum-to-disk conversion?? (askibum02)

this could be a stupid question but how do you know that the rear discs are actually working(not using the e-brake) right since the fronts handle more of the stopping? how did you adjust the rears?
 

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Re: Who here is running the ECS drum-to-disk conversion?? (dstdub)

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this could be a stupid question but how do you know that the rear discs are actually working(not using the e-brake) right since the fronts handle more of the stopping? how did you adjust the rears?

you'll know...trust me
Last summer I did my front brakes, w/ new slotted rotors and mintex pads, drove around for a bit, and then noticed that my braking performance was getting downright dangerous. I checked my fronts and they were of course in great shape. When I checked the rears, they were completley gone and in fact the began to shriek on the drive home. Long story short, I fixed the rears and braking performance was completely restored.
 

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Re: Who here is running the ECS drum-to-disk conversion?? (VAGinitis)

this is great guys... keep em comming...
anyone, have any pics??
 

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Re: Who here is running the ECS drum-to-disk conversion?? (VAGinitis)

how do you regulate or set the correct stopping power that goes into the rears? or does is there a part that controls that already?
 

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Re: Who here is running the ECS drum-to-disk conversion?? (dstdub)

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how do you regulate or set the correct stopping power that goes into the rears? or does is there a part that controls that already?

What I have been wondering
 

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Re: Who here is running the ECS drum-to-disk conversion?? (ventovolkswagen)

unless you have ABS in your car you will have a proportioning valve mounted to the rear beam in the car. This has some amount of adjustability to it. I would leave it stock and see how that works then adjust from there.
From what I have seen, all MKIII's and corrado's etc have the same size rear discs. Something around 9" and solid rotors. The kit from ECS is pretty good. If you are upgrading I would say might as well upgrade to MKIV calipers. They are aluminum and are supose to be less prone to seizing up, plus can dissipate a little more heat from those little pads in the rear.
FYI, I did the swap last summer, and left my proportioning valve exactly where it was, and I have almost perfect braking bias front to rear. went to an autocross even and watched a video of it afterwards. The inside rear tire would lock up just as I was turning while still hard on the brakes. Dont' notice a huge difference performance wise, but sure it did something. and definatly a http://****************.com/smile/emthup.gif http://****************.com/smile/emthup.gif http://****************.com/smile/emthup.gif for looks.
 

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Re: Who here is running the ECS drum-to-disk conversion?? (1997 Golf GL)

good info! http://****************.com/smile/emthup.gif
 

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Re: Who here is running the ECS drum-to-disk conversion?? (1997 Golf GL)

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Dont' notice a huge difference performance wise, but sure it did something. and definatly a http://****************.com/smile/emthup.gif http://****************.com/smile/emthup.gif http://****************.com/smile/emthup.gif for looks.



i wanna see what this kit looks like on a car...
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Re: Who here is running the ECS drum-to-disk conversion?? (Feyd)

The kit from ECS is exactly what a stock car has with 4 wheel disc brakes. Nothing is upgraded on them except if you get different rotors or MKIV calipers. But disc size is all the same as stock.
 

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Re: Who here is running the ECS drum-to-disk conversion?? (1997 Golf GL)

DubPhreek said:
GO get the rear beam from a passat 1.8.
and the brake cables come from a Scirrocco 16v (as I recall)
new bearings 5.00 ea X4=20.00
new grease =5.00 (top of the line)
new rubber grease caps = 3.50 ea =7.00
new metal grease hubs 4.00 ea =8.00
 

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i like my rear drums only for the fact that i get less brake dust on my rear wheels, when the fronts get dirty i just switch them until they are all dirty, then wash...
 
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