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Rear Drum To Disk Upgrade On 99 BK Legacy Wagon

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Hey guys and girls. Here is what I'm hoping will be my next project for the best $300 bucks I've spent all year. Yes, I only spent that much for this amazing car. Sad part is I have to fix all the hack jobs people have done to Ruby throughout the years. I have a 99 Legacy WG (U.S. spec BK model). Base model as they come. No power windows, locks, cruise control, no ABS. 2.2L, auto trans. I want to trash the rear drum brakes to disk. It started it's life with 14" wheels and tires, but I swapped them out for a set of OEM 16" wheels and tires. Do they make an aftermarket kit with all the parts I need? Or should I spend the time at the junkyard and pull the parts I need and get new pads, rotors and calipers? If I go the junkyard way. What year and model should I pull the parts from. I'm sure someone else has posted this question before. And I know someone will say to just Google it. But Google doesn't know half as much as someone with hands on experience. Thank you in advance to everyone for the help you all have given me.





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Since you have 16" wheels installed now, go for the H6 big brake upgrade (found in the 2001-2004 Outback LL Bean) for the rear when you convert to disc.


Follow the conversion thread: Drum-to-Disc Conversion. That will give you the parts you need from the junkyard. To do the H6 upgrade, omit the pads, rotors, and caliper bracket from that guide's part list and buy them new.


For the front brakes, do the WRX brake swap. Since my Outback already has 2-pot calipers up front (same as the 05+ WRX), I just bought new carbon ceramic pads and WRX slotted/drilled rotors. Since your Brighton has single pot calipers, be on the lookout for 98-04 Outback/GT front calipers. They're all 2 pot calipers. Get yourself some braided lines too for extra security as after almost 20 years the stock lines become dried out. Finally, to maximize full braking potential, consider a master cylinder brace. Under heavy braking, the master cylinder has been known to flex an inch or so outwards, decreasing the efficiency of braking and extending your braking distance. The brace stops it from flexing and puts a better feel into the pedal.

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