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1997 ford f53: motor home..chassis..kit..the rear axle to disc brakes

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i have a 34ft. motorhome on a 1997 ford f53 chassis is there a kit or anything on the market where i can convert the drum brakes on the rear axle to disc brakes? If so could you point me in the right direction. Also is it safe to put spacers between the wheels and hubs to bring the wheels out farther since the f53 is so narrow.
Submitted: 7 years ago.
Category: RV
Expert:  Chris (aka-Moose) replied 7 years ago.



I'm Chris, Thanks for allowing me to help you here on Just Answer.


There are spacers available to bring the wheels out farther but it is not recommend since this puts alot of strain o n the lug studs and on the hub bearings, this could be potentially dangerous on a RV due to the weight and since its top heavy. You could lose a wheel and or hub while driving.


Swapping a vehicle over to disc brakes from drum is possible. The cost of doing so may not be what your looking for but it is possible on this axle. You will need the discs and calipers and caliper brackets and backing plates and the new hubs and bearings. The cost per side will be about 1100$

Customer: replied 7 years ago.
any idea where I could find the things I need to switch the brakes?
Expert:  Chris (aka-Moose) replied 7 years ago.
You can get the parts from your local dealer or from online ford dealers. I would not trust an aftermarket kit which is possibly made of cheaper materials.
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