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    I am trying to find any info on converting an older drum brake style conversion to a disc brake conversion. I contacted motortrike and they don't make a kit or couldn't or wouldn't offer any help or advise. I am in Florida and can't find any motorcycle shop that wants to work on the brakes on my trike. I went so far as to ask motortrike if a new rear end would fit my trike and again no help. I am pretty sure from what I got from motortrike years ago, that the shoes are the same ones used on a ford pinto, etc.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pddgm View Post
    I am trying to find any info on converting an older drum brake style conversion to a disc brake conversion. I contacted motortrike and they don't make a kit or couldn't or wouldn't offer any help or advise. I am in Florida and can't find any motorcycle shop that wants to work on the brakes on my trike. I went so far as to ask motortrike if a new rear end would fit my trike and again no help. I am pretty sure from what I got from motortrike years ago, that the shoes are the same ones used on a ford pinto, etc.
    I just got an e-mail from Motor Trike and they provided me with a parts list for the brakes. Solid axle trikes use the 7.5" Ford, common in 4 cyl Mustangs (Fox body) These normally come with 4 bolt hubs but mine has the upgraded 5 on 4 1/2" pattern. I'm also looking to go from drum to disk.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Oldrodder View Post
    I just got an e-mail from Motor Trike and they provided me with a parts list for the brakes. Solid axle trikes use the 7.5" Ford, common in 4 cyl Mustangs (Fox body) These normally come with 4 bolt hubs but mine has the upgraded 5 on 4 1/2" pattern. I'm also looking to go from drum to disk.
    Thanks for the info.... will check around and see if I can find the parts and if they will fit.....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Oldrodder View Post
    I just got an e-mail from Motor Trike and they provided me with a parts list for the brakes. Solid axle trikes use the 7.5" Ford, common in 4 cyl Mustangs (Fox body) These normally come with 4 bolt hubs but mine has the upgraded 5 on 4 1/2" pattern. I'm also looking to go from drum to disk.
    Would you share the part numbers for the conversion, I have looked for 7.5 inch ford rotors and I don't find them listed anywhere, to include the mustang (fox body) cars...

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    Quote Originally Posted by pddgm View Post
    Would you share the part numbers for the conversion, I have looked for 7.5 inch ford rotors and I don't find them listed anywhere, to include the mustang (fox body) cars...
    MT sent the file in EXCEL format so I took a photo and will attempt to attach it.

    Failing that, send me a PM with your e-mail.

    OK, so that didn't work!

    Send me an e-mail!

    mike.levesque1945@gmail.com

    Oops, I guess it worked!!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by pddgm View Post
    Would you share the part numbers for the conversion, I have looked for 7.5 inch ford rotors and I don't find them listed anywhere, to include the mustang (fox body) cars...
    Mustangs of those years never had disk brakes on the 7.5" rear ends. They did in V-8 cars equipped with the larger 8.8" rear ends Drum to disk conversions are available in the aftermarket. I've e-mailed MT again and asked for the year & model so that I can research further.

    Wish me luck!!

    Mike

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    Quote Originally Posted by Oldrodder View Post
    Mustangs of those years never had disk brakes on the 7.5" rear ends. They did in V-8 cars equipped with the larger 8.8" rear ends Drum to disk conversions are available in the aftermarket. I've e-mailed MT again and asked for the year & model so that I can research further.

    Wish me luck!!

    Mike
    GOOD LUCK.... I find their customer service very lacking, especially for older conversions. Apparently they don't keep very good records and when they transitioned to a new computer system, all of the info on older conversions was not saved. When you get time, please email me the list. The photo has part of the description, etc missing..

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    Can't say we didn't try to come up with a solution to the drum brake conversion. But, according to motortrike, the older conversions used solid rear axles and there is no easy way to separate them. So, basically we are dead in the water and will just have to live with drum brakes. I hunted around and found a auto repair shop that will work on them, so since HD shops won't even return the call or set an appointment to see of they can fix them and sell some other stuff..I will continue to use indy shops for tires ,etc.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pddgm View Post
    Can't say we didn't try to come up with a solution to the drum brake conversion. But, according to motortrike, the older conversions used solid rear axles and there is no easy way to separate them. So, basically we are dead in the water and will just have to live with drum brakes. I hunted around and found a auto repair shop that will work on them, so since HD shops won't even return the call or set an appointment to see of they can fix them and sell some other stuff..I will continue to use indy shops for tires ,etc.
    I found this on YouTube:



    It's interesting, to say the least.

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