DELUXE ZERO OFFSET 5x205 Rear Disc Brake Kit '58 to 67 Ebrake
Converting to rear disc brakes can be an excellent upgrade for your Vintage VW or Off-Road Car. There are many things to think about when completing the conversion. Here are some answers to some of the common questions:
- Our kits are compatible with Type 1 (Beetle, Super Beetle, Ghia, Thing) and Type 3 (Fastback, Squareback, Notchback) only.
- For most vehicles, we recommend keeping the emergency brake system intact for added safety. It's nice to be able to pull the handle and come to a stop in the event of an emergency situation. It's also beneficial to have the peace of mind knowing that if you park on a hill, you have a parking brake securing the car. Sometimes, off-roaders use the parking brake only when decscending a steep hill so the front wheels will not lock up and lose steering. If parking brake is not desired, simply do not install the cable
- Kits are available with standard stamped steel caliper brackets, or with Heavy Duty cast ones. The stamped steel brackets are less expensive, which can be a plus if one is on a budget. However, be advised that these tend to flex as the brake pressure is applied, so a softer pedal can be the result. The HD brackets will not flex, and generally provide a firmer pedal. Our DELUXE disc brake kits are the ones with these HD brackets. Our STANDARD kits come with the stamped steel brackets.
- Some kits (wide 5) are available in "zero offset" (standard width), or 1" wider. Many applications such as off-road cars or rat rods will benefit from having a wider rear track. Most street cars where the fender-to-wheelwell clearance is a concern will require the zero offset kits.
- When converting to 4-wheel disc brakes, it is recommended that a special master cylinder with a larger bore diameter is used. Many folks upgrade to dual circuit master cylinders at the same time on pre-'67 cars for the added safety they add. We include a master cylinder and an intregal dual circuit reservoir if that option is ordered for ease of installation.
- When converting to 4-wheel disc brakes, it is also recommended that a residual pressure valve be installed to keep proper brake pressure on the rear braking system. We have a simple kit that installs inline at the master cylinder connection, and comes with a line and the correct fittings to bolt right in.
As always, if you need any help whatsoever choosing the best system for your particular application, please give us a call or send us an email. We want you to succeed with your installation.