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Old 02-01-2005, 01:29 AM   #1
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Default 1998 L Wagon Drum to Disk Conversion HELP

:: puts Flame Suit on :: Ok I have search the threads on this topic and read many of them and even gone to that guys web site about doing this. Though Some of those answers are a tab bit outdated so I am looking for some updated feed back. First off information about my braking system.

1998 Subaru Impreza L Wagon 2.2L EJ22 38,000 Miles on it as of 01/28/05
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15" Prime Alloy Rally Rims

Front Brakes: Bone Stock even with stock pads. (pads going bad need new ones)
Rear Brakes: Stock Drum Brakes

Let the Questions begin
1. is there any NON BIG BRAKE KIT CONVERSIONS OUT THERE THAT DO THIS
2. What is proven better Normal, Slotted, Cross Drilled, or Slotted and Cross Drilled Rotors?
3. What Parts Will I HAVE TO replace excluding the Rear Drum Brake.
4. Who Makes some good rotors (not high class but ok for Rally-X and street)
5. Who Makes some good Brake Pads (mainly for street but also Rally-X)
6. How long will this take (estimated)
7. How much will my wallet suffer from this (Price)
8. I might be upgrading my front brakes too so a full 4 rotor kit would be nice

Any thoughts, information, and kinds are welcome.

THANKS ~Jim
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Old 02-01-2005, 02:13 AM   #2
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You'll need the complete rear disk assembly from a legacy, Impreza L or Outback Sport (some years came with rear disks), RS or WRX. Depends on what you want to do to your fronts to balance the disks in the rear. You need the calipers, pads, rotors, knuckles (with bearings), new rear brake lines, parking brake cables, and possibly a larger brake master cylinder.
I don't know of any kits for all 4 corners for your application, I bought the complete brakes off a wrecked 03 WRX.

Check the first 2 installments of Subiesport magazine, and the upcoming 3rd edition. They cover a drum to disk conversion for a L wagon. Good stuff.

Just my quick input, others will have more answers.

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Old 02-01-2005, 02:32 AM   #3
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wow u got the knuckles too? whatd you pay?

BTW...when do you get your subysport magazine in the mail...I signed up a couple weeks ago, and havnt gotten it yet.
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Old 02-01-2005, 12:21 PM   #4
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400 bucks for everything there. Bought it off a guy up here in Alaska who bought a wrecked WRX and parted it out.

I got my 2nd Subiesport a few weeks ago, I hear #3 is supposed to come out in 2-3 weeks for subscribers.
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Old 02-03-2005, 11:39 PM   #5
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get rotors that are slotted and cross drilled
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Old 02-03-2005, 11:41 PM   #6
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also the rear disc brake coversion if you want a sway bar you will have to get lateral links, but the conversion using air tools took like 3 1/2 to 4 hours.Not to bad, kind of fun. Also get Stainless Steel brakelines for the whole car. A cheap upgrade that helps out a lot!

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Old 02-05-2005, 04:30 PM   #7
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If you are using your car for Rally-X and street driving, do NOT get cross drilled or slotted rotors. Cross drilling definitely can weaken a rotor. There's no argument there...the argument is how much is weakens it. For race applications, it can be quite beneficial, but long term durability is not a big concern with those setups. Slotted rotors can help with dissapation of gas build-up under heavy-breaking...but you won't be seeing that in Rally-X or street driving. It's not gonna happen. So save your money and just get some standard rotors for your setup. Most likely, when you buy the components for your swap, they'll come with stock rotors. If they are in good condition, I'd just use them to start. You can get some nice pads(do a search in the brake forum for this...tons of choices depending on your budget) and enjoy the increased braking capabilities your car will have. Later on, you can consider getting some nicer replacement rotors, but why bother if the stock ones you will get with your components work? You aren't doing anything stressful enough to warrant a big upgrade.

Basically, price is gonna vary big time. Depends on what all components you purchase and how you get ahold of them. I'd try to buy everything used except for pads. Don't get too aggressive pads or you may run into problems(excessive rotor wear being one of them). Your car is light, this brake upgrade will significantly increase it's stopping power. Don't worry about getting a whole bunch of expensive components, as you'll be surprised how much improvement you'll see with just the basic upgrade. Until you start tracking the car, you won't benefit from things like expensive rotors.
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Old 02-08-2005, 07:14 PM   #8
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The '96's and up came stock with a RSB, so you won't need new lateral links.
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