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Old 10-20-2010, 11:10   #1 (permalink)
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I have a 1995 1/2 F250 Turbo Diesel 4x4. I was thinking about swaping my rear drums out for disc breaks. Are there and good conversion kits out there? I was also think about putting a one ton axle off of a newer F350 that already has disc breaks on it. With a minium modifications. Would a newer axle's ABS work with my older F250? Also would this axle swap be benifical or a waste of money and time?

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Re: F250 4x4 Rear disc break/axle swap?

Unless you want to add larger tires, etc, I'd stick with the axle you have, as it's installed, and it works.

Adding a larger heavier axle can also mean drive shaft modifications. There are rear disc conversion kits out there. You can find them at Jegs, SummitRacing to name two. However, a conversion kit can run upwards of $1500 with tax for GOOD parts. Cheap parts you can get one for around $1K.

You might think it's easier to swap the axle for a few hundred bucks. Keep in mind that the F250 axle is already more than capable, and it's already installed. If you want to save a couple hundred bucks and some of your own sweat then axle swap, but if I had to do it, I'd just order a conversion kit to keep everything simple.

ABS is ABS, as long as the connectors fit, it'll work fine. Again, it's one less worry if you keep the current axle.
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Re: F250 4x4 Rear disc break/axle swap?

i understand the don't fix what ain't broken, but i have a farly high mechanical ability and all the tools. If i found a newer axle that had disc breaks on it and was able to buy just the brackets and break parts could i swap them onto my current axle? I've done these types of swap on jeeps and such just not the F250.
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Re: F250 4x4 Rear disc break/axle swap?

Well if you think you'll feel OK doing the swap, by all means, go ahead. I still think a disc conversion would be the best bet. If you plan to tow down the road I wouldn't attempt to mess with installing a new axle, nor would I change not getting it properly aligned.
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