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Old 16 May 2007, 04:11 pm
Hrundi V. Bakshi
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Default Can I upgrade to disc brakes front and rear? '05 Accord

Hi.
My '05 Accord has provided reliability beyond my expecations. I have
many miles on it, since purchasing it new.

It's an LX 4 cyl, with a 5sp. Everything works well.

I am just wondering if I can upgrade to discs in the back, and have
these questions:

1) Do I have to change the front discs to match the rear ones?
2) Can I also have installed EBD (electronic brake distribution)?
3) Will the stock steel wheels fit once new rotors/caiper assemblies
are installed?


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Old 17 May 2007, 05:36 am
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harley_davidsonX@mailcity.com (Hrundi V. Bakshi) wrote in
news:464b64d8.8759555@news.east.earthlink.net:

> Hi.
> My '05 Accord has provided reliability beyond my expecations. I have
> many miles on it, since purchasing it new.
>
> It's an LX 4 cyl, with a 5sp. Everything works well.
>
> I am just wondering if I can upgrade to discs in the back, and have
> these questions:
>
> 1) Do I have to change the front discs to match the rear ones?
> 2) Can I also have installed EBD (electronic brake distribution)?
> 3) Will the stock steel wheels fit once new rotors/caiper assemblies
> are installed?
>
>




Don't bother. Rear discs will get you no better braking and lots more
maintenance headaches.

Sure rear discs have a kewl factor that boring ol' drums do not, but
they're not worth it. Stick with the drums.

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Old 17 May 2007, 06:26 am
Joe LaVigne
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Default Re: Can I upgrade to disc brakes front and rear? '05 Accord

Tegger wrote:

>
> Don't bother. Rear discs will get you no better braking and lots more
> maintenance headaches.
>
> Sure rear discs have a kewl factor that boring ol' drums do not, but
> they're not worth it. Stick with the drums.
>


Out of curiosity, what maintenance issues are there? I have never serviced
a set or rear discs, as this is my first car that came with them, but I
have always hated working on drums. Front discs are extremely easy to work
on, so what makes the rear harder?

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Old 17 May 2007, 09:59 am
Hachiroku ハチロク
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Default Re: Can I upgrade to disc brakes front and rear? '05 Accord

On Wed, 16 May 2007 21:11:58 +0000, Hrundi V. Bakshi wrote:

> Hi.
> My '05 Accord has provided reliability beyond my expecations. I have many
> miles on it, since purchasing it new.
>
> It's an LX 4 cyl, with a 5sp. Everything works well.
>
> I am just wondering if I can upgrade to discs in the back, and have these
> questions:
>
> 1) Do I have to change the front discs to match the rear ones? 2) Can I
> also have installed EBD (electronic brake distribution)? 3) Will the
> stock steel wheels fit once new rotors/caiper assemblies are installed?



This means at least changing the rear spindles, and perhaps other
suspension components. Also, a new proportioning valve, maybe a master
cylinder, and a whole slew of other parts.

My experience has been that discs are easier to work on, but that drums
also do a fine job of bringing the car to a stop. Unless you're adding
other mods to the car (increasing HP, lowering, etc) don't bother! Honda
knows what they're doing!


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Old 17 May 2007, 01:50 pm
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Default Re: Can I upgrade to disc brakes front and rear? '05 Accord

Joe LaVigne <jlavigne@hits-buffalo.com> wrote in
news:f2he42$5gn$1@news.datemas.de:

> Tegger wrote:
>
>>
>> Don't bother. Rear discs will get you no better braking and lots more
>> maintenance headaches.
>>
>> Sure rear discs have a kewl factor that boring ol' drums do not, but
>> they're not worth it. Stick with the drums.
>>

>
> Out of curiosity, what maintenance issues are there? I have never
> serviced a set or rear discs, as this is my first car that came with
> them, but I have always hated working on drums. Front discs are
> extremely easy to work on, so what makes the rear harder?
>
>



Rust. Rust. Seizure. Rust. More rust. Corrosion. More seizure. Rust. More
corrosion. Even more rust. Even more seizure.

If you live in Arizona or SoCal, rear discs are groovy man, but up in
places where it rains or snows, they're a real bummer.

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Old 18 May 2007, 11:09 am
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Tegger wrote:

> harley_davidsonX@mailcity.com (Hrundi V. Bakshi) wrote in
> news:464b64d8.8759555@news.east.earthlink.net:
>
>
>>Hi.
>>My '05 Accord has provided reliability beyond my expecations. I have
>>many miles on it, since purchasing it new.
>>
>>It's an LX 4 cyl, with a 5sp. Everything works well.
>>
>>I am just wondering if I can upgrade to discs in the back, and have
>>these questions:
>>
>>1) Do I have to change the front discs to match the rear ones?
>>2) Can I also have installed EBD (electronic brake distribution)?
>>3) Will the stock steel wheels fit once new rotors/caiper assemblies
>>are installed?
>>
>>

>
>
>
>
> Don't bother. Rear discs will get you no better braking and lots more
> maintenance headaches.
>
> Sure rear discs have a kewl factor that boring ol' drums do not, but
> they're not worth it. Stick with the drums.
>



A true mouthfull here. Why in the world to people lOOK for trouble?

JT

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Old 18 May 2007, 11:11 am
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Joe LaVigne wrote:

> Tegger wrote:
>
>
>>Don't bother. Rear discs will get you no better braking and lots more
>>maintenance headaches.
>>
>>Sure rear discs have a kewl factor that boring ol' drums do not, but
>>they're not worth it. Stick with the drums.
>>

>
>
> Out of curiosity, what maintenance issues are there? I have never serviced
> a set or rear discs, as this is my first car that came with them, but I
> have always hated working on drums. Front discs are extremely easy to work
> on, so what makes the rear harder?
>



Parking brake issues for starters.

JT

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Old 18 May 2007, 11:13 am
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Tegger wrote:

> Joe LaVigne <jlavigne@hits-buffalo.com> wrote in
> news:f2he42$5gn$1@news.datemas.de:
>
>
>>Tegger wrote:
>>
>>
>>>Don't bother. Rear discs will get you no better braking and lots more
>>>maintenance headaches.
>>>
>>>Sure rear discs have a kewl factor that boring ol' drums do not, but
>>>they're not worth it. Stick with the drums.
>>>

>>
>>Out of curiosity, what maintenance issues are there? I have never
>>serviced a set or rear discs, as this is my first car that came with
>>them, but I have always hated working on drums. Front discs are
>>extremely easy to work on, so what makes the rear harder?
>>
>>

>
>
>
> Rust. Rust. Seizure. Rust. More rust. Corrosion. More seizure. Rust. More
> corrosion. Even more rust. Even more seizure.
>
> If you live in Arizona or SoCal, rear discs are groovy man, but up in
> places where it rains or snows, they're a real bummer.
>



Even in Texas, I would suggest leaving the drums. Fact is drum linings
still last twice as long as disk pads maybe longer. Why people insist
on haveing the latest 'n greatest when in fact is ain't any better just
beats the crap outta me...

JT


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Old 18 May 2007, 11:32 am
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Default Re: Can I upgrade to disc brakes front and rear? '05 Accord

On May 16, 5:11 pm, harley_davids...@mailcity.com (Hrundi V. Bakshi)
wrote:
> Hi.
> My '05 Accord has provided reliability beyond my expecations. I have
> many miles on it, since purchasing it new.
>
> It's an LX 4 cyl, with a 5sp. Everything works well.


i love disc brakes. they are great. they are better in almost every
aspect over drum brakes. i say almost because, generally, a drum
brake has more actual surface area (more surface area creates more
friction). more friction means greater stopping power. friction
creates more heat. heat leads to fade. fade means less stopping
power. disc brakes are out in the open, so they tend to shed the heat
better than drums and therefore are used on all of the cool
racecars.

here is the best reason to keep your drum brakes: gas is expensive
and not getting any cheaper. if i were to build a car today, it would
have drum brakes at every corner. why? not because of rust. not
because of maintenance. not because they aren't cool. not because of
the parking brake.

drum brakes have springs that pull the shoes away from the drum. disc
brakes do not have this little feature. disc brakes use the
imperfections of life to allow the disc to 'bounce' the pads away and
create a gap. of course, people will say this extra bit of friction
while traveling down the road is minimal....

minimal yes, but every little bit counts.

bob z.

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Old 18 May 2007, 05:43 pm
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bob zee wrote:
> On May 16, 5:11 pm, harley_davids...@mailcity.com (Hrundi V. Bakshi)
> wrote:
>
>>Hi.
>>My '05 Accord has provided reliability beyond my expecations. I have
>>many miles on it, since purchasing it new.
>>
>>It's an LX 4 cyl, with a 5sp. Everything works well.

>
>
> i love disc brakes. they are great. they are better in almost every
> aspect over drum brakes. i say almost because, generally, a drum
> brake has more actual surface area (more surface area creates more
> friction). more friction means greater stopping power. friction
> creates more heat. heat leads to fade. fade means less stopping
> power. disc brakes are out in the open, so they tend to shed the heat
> better than drums and therefore are used on all of the cool
> racecars.
>
> here is the best reason to keep your drum brakes: gas is expensive
> and not getting any cheaper. if i were to build a car today, it would
> have drum brakes at every corner. why? not because of rust. not
> because of maintenance. not because they aren't cool. not because of
> the parking brake.
>
> drum brakes have springs that pull the shoes away from the drum. disc
> brakes do not have this little feature. disc brakes use the
> imperfections of life to allow the disc to 'bounce' the pads away and
> create a gap. of course, people will say this extra bit of friction
> while traveling down the road is minimal....
>
> minimal yes, but every little bit counts.
>
> bob z.
>



The ONLY disk brake cylinder that would actually retract pads from the
rotor surface were the (Girling I think) system used by Jaquar,
Mercedes, Studebaker and Nissan (Datsun) in the 1960's and early 1970's.

JT
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