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Old 03-16-2015, 12:30 PM   #1
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Default 2005 FWD Rear Disc Conversion

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Old 03-16-2015, 01:15 PM   #2
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Default Re: 2005 FWD Rear Disc Conversion

parts needed to do conversion:
2007-2009 Equinox complete rear trailing arm, E-brake cables, Rear Axle Tips, Axle nuts.
2008-2010 Saturn vue complete rear trailing arm, E-brake cables, Rear Axle Tips, Axle nuts.

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Old 03-16-2015, 03:37 PM   #3
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Default Re: 2005 FWD Rear Disc Conversion

Interesting, how long did it take you to do the swap?

Do you have an exact listing of what's needed? I see your post above but it's not really clear what's needed.

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Old 03-16-2015, 04:32 PM   #4
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Interesting, how long did it take you to do the swap?

Do you have an exact listing of what's needed? I see your post above but it's not really clear what's needed.
took me 5 hours cause i have a small garage.

I posted whats needed.. Its plug in play.. Complete rear trailing arms including rotors, calipers, brake lines, E-brake cables from 07-09 equinox or 08-10 saturn vue.. Also need rear axle tips from the 2 cars..You have to dissassemble the axles to get the tips..

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Old 03-16-2015, 06:10 PM   #5
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Nice job. Any noticeable difference. Better pedal height ? Ect

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Old 03-16-2015, 07:27 PM   #6
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Nice job. Any noticeable difference. Better pedal height ? Ect
thanks, Car stops way better than the drum set-up..

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Old 03-16-2015, 09:11 PM   #7
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Ed,
This is something I have a serious interest in doing, but not sure if it would work on an AWD with anti-locks.... Any ideas on that part of it?? Also, I know it is asking a lot, but could you do a complete, step by step, write up of this with a tools list??

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Old 03-17-2015, 11:40 AM   #8
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This is something I have a serious interest in doing, but not sure if it would work on an AWD with anti-locks.... Any ideas on that part of it?? Also, I know it is asking a lot, but could you do a complete, step by step, write up of this with a tools list??

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Old 04-03-2015, 01:47 PM   #9
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Default Re: 2005 FWD Rear Disc Conversion

Pardon my ignorance, but if your stock brake setup is capable of locking up your wheels, how is that not enough "braking power"?

If your wheels lock up and your tires are skidding, then in order to shorten your stopping distances, you need a wider/stickier set of tires. I am quite sure any, stock, oem brake setup can lock up the tires on a modern vehicle. (I don't have ABS, but ABS activation would be the same as locking up your tires)

Unless you are racing or towing, upgrading your brakes is purely cosmetic.

Feel free to prove me wrong in my ponderings.

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Old 04-03-2015, 05:53 PM   #10
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Took the words out of my mouth.

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Old 04-05-2015, 08:39 PM   #11
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I am quite sure any, stock, oem brake setup can lock up the tires on a modern vehicle. (I don't have ABS, but ABS activation would be the same as locking up your tires)
This is actually quite untrue, at least in performance vehicles. Both of my corvettes will NOT lock up the tires in dry situations with a full down brake stomp. The Redline typically will not, but does rarely if the tires and road are cold. If there's snow on the ground or any little bit of ice, it obviously will lock up.

But I agree, in most circumstances, upgrading your brakes in this manner is simply an upgrade of aesthetics. But hey, if that's all you're looking to upgrade then who cares?

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Old 04-06-2015, 03:04 PM   #12
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How many people here has successfully removed their rear drums on their VUE ?
I think this is a good upgrade. When my rears start grinding in doin it.

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Old 04-06-2015, 03:07 PM   #13
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This is actually quite untrue, at least in performance vehicles. Both of my corvettes will NOT lock up the tires in dry situations with a full down brake stomp.
The brakes on my V won't lock up either, it just stops

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Old 04-06-2015, 04:06 PM   #14
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Well, I look at it this way... I do plan on doing some towing, and I live in mountainous areas where down hill grades heat up brakes quick... so the discs should run cooler even if not towing... And cooler brakes stop quicker... If this can be done with all factory parts, I just don't see where it could be a bad thing... I have never really liked the pedal feel and response from my brakes, even after replacing all four and making sure the reservoir was full and brakes bled out, so I do want to see what the difference is.

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Old 04-08-2015, 03:03 PM   #15
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Okay, glad to see you guys are aware of when it is needed and when it is for looks. (ya never know on some car forums)

Seems like a lot of work!
I was also happy to see my lowly 2.2L came stock with 235 tires and are plenty for this non speed demon.

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I can see the need( and servicing convenience) of rear discs for towing and full cargo- cabin capacity driving.

I don't have ABS ,and just stock rear drums, and can stop scary-quick or lock up all corners , easily, if being sloppy/panicked. I still have stock rubber flex lines- neeed to get some SS new ones for better feel and just general maint. for a car with 200K miles+/-......

When pre-adjusting the rear drums after new parts install, the slack has to be taken up(need to be adjusted) until they're just starting to drag
( then back off one-half smidge).

If they aren't set up prior, they won't help out when the front's are locking up (or want to).

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Old 04-12-2015, 01:18 PM   #17
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If there is no need for rear discs, why do manufacturers put them on there?

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Old 04-22-2015, 12:51 PM   #18
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Discs are easier to maintain/replace than drums as well. The front discs on my VUE were much more straightforward than the rear drums when I replaced them last summer.

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Wildstar,
That is a fact... I HATE working on drum brakes..... discs are much easier to maintain.... And I would have to disagree with the statement that discs don't help stopping distance. Depending on driving conditions, the faster and greater heat buildup in rear drums will lead to longer stopping distances that you will not see in rear discs. And personally, I like to know that when I step on the brake pedal... I am going to stop...

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Just a note,

the above method posted by ED1 only works for FWD cars. It will NOT work on an AWD car as the axles are different sizes/detentions. I'm currently exploring other options.

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