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Old 11-12-2000, 02:49 PM   #1
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Does anyone have any experience with converting rear drums to disks from an ABS car? Do I need a new master cylinder to balance out the brakes? Does our friendly Saturn used parts consultant have any estimate on price?
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Old 11-12-2000, 08:48 PM   #2
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I got the rear disc conversion from Joey for $350.00. Everything that you need to do the conversion came with it. You may want to get some new pads to be safe. It came off of an ABS car and went on mine with no problem. The stopping power increased also. I have a 97 SC2. Just look at the pics and you be the judge.

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Good news on the ABS front for rear drum Sx cars. The sensors are not a part of the actual brake package, they are part of the hub package. As long as the hub package remains unchanged, you can install rear disc and maintain ABS with no problem. Send something to joeybagadonuts (plug, plug, saturnusedparts.com) as he posted something the other day about having a set in and they sell quick.
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D'oh! Just realized that brain flatulence had set in. From your question it sounds like you have a non-ABS car and want rear discs. Still good news. Just swap out the rear brakes like Patrick did. ABS, non-ABS, it all mounts right on up. Joey should be able to fix you up with a used set if he still has them. Make sure that you say you are "on the board" and give him your name when you contact him. If you just have to go the new route, the SPS set using based on Saturn parts is in the $600-650 range. If you hit a dealer cold with the request, the SPS set is probably what they would go for and I wouldn't be surprised if it didn't get marked up a little from the SPS price.
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Does anyone have any experience with converting rear drums to disks from an ABS car? Do I need a new master cylinder to balance out the brakes? Does our friendly Saturn used parts consultant have any estimate on price?<hr></blockquote>

I've done two rear discos. No, you don't need a new master cylinder and you can reuse the hubs too. You need the discs, calipers, hoses, parking brake cables, zip ties, pads, and bolts. And some brake fluid to bleed them when you're done. The hardest part is getting the hubs loose so remove the drum crap.
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If you can talk your dealer into doing the conversion let the dealer order the parts directly from Saturn. I don't have anything against SPS (or Joe) making money, bless them both for helping make this technology accessible, but SPS resells the Saturn parts after marking them up, so you would be paying two markups.

If you find a dealer that will do this upgrade I would like their name for future reference. Thanks.
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Ok, now that my SW2 is out of warranty, I'm thinking of doing the conversion later this year. Does anybody know if I need any special equipment to bleed the brakes on a Saturn WITH ABS/TC? (i.e. scantools for the ABS solenoids, and such) This is assuming that the ABS module is kept full of fluid...
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