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So. I know it's an econo car etc. etc. I know stock the car's brakes don't seem to lack anything (yet). But I'm constantly distracted by these dinky little brakes on it. I have no intentions of making the car faster or doing any engine tweaks to it so no, that's not the reason I'd put more brakes on it. I do however, have a habit of putting more brakes on most my cars though, regardless of their use. Everyone has their thing and brakes are one of my things. Just for peace of mind I guess and yes, partly a nice thing to see on the car as well. However, for whatever reason, it never hurts to have better brakes.

Does anyone know if there might be a direct fitment to the Fiesta, front and/or rear especially, as I have nothing good to say about drums? I know it's relatively early to be considering this and I'm in no hurry, but I'm open to suggestions and or discussion.
 

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The Fiesta has consistently better braking performance than its competition, so honestly I don't think the drum brakes are an issue. But if you feel the braking performance isn't up to par, it's your call. AFAIK though there are no disc conversions for the Fiesta.
 

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The brakes on the Fiesta are pretty darn good. The easiest thing to do to improve braking would be to buy some stickier tires.
 

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Robert, don't you have a big brake kit on your SVTF? Have you looked into the stock SVTF brakes and if they will work on the Fiesta?
 

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I'd see if an SVTF rotor would fit on the car first then go from there.

You can always shoot a PM to Todd at TCE on FJ to see if they have been working on anything...

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I had thought drum brakes were quite a bit longer lasting than disc brakes - putting them in the back wheels of a standard car here in the us has been fairly standard AFAIK. I drove my Nissan Sentra over 120k mi and never had to replace the rear drum brakes while I did have to replace the disc brakes several times.

Unless you're 4wd, I see no reason to go with all wheel disc brakes - then again I really know nothing about brakes... :D
 

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So. I know it's an econo car etc. etc. I know stock the car's brakes don't seem to lack anything (yet). But I'm constantly distracted by these dinky little brakes on it. I have no intentions of making the car faster or doing any engine tweaks to it so no, that's not the reason I'd put more brakes on it. I do however, have a habit of putting more brakes on most my cars though, regardless of their use. Everyone has their thing and brakes are one of my things. Just for peace of mind I guess and yes, partly a nice thing to see on the car as well. However, for whatever reason, it never hurts to have better brakes.

Does anyone know if there might be a direct fitment to the Fiesta, front and/or rear especially, as I have nothing good to say about drums? I know it's relatively early to be considering this and I'm in no hurry, but I'm open to suggestions and or discussion.
I've been working on the same idea, we have the cutest brakes in the world, and who still puts drums on cars...lmao. I couldn't believe there was no 4 wheel disc brake option.

I'm hoping that we have a similar setup to the focus or even an older escort (the ZX2 S/R had rear disc brakes) that maybe we can fab something up.
 

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I've been working on the same idea, we have the cutest brakes in the world, and who still puts drums on cars...lmao. I couldn't believe there was no 4 wheel disc brake option.

I'm hoping that we have a similar setup to the focus or even an older escort (the ZX2 S/R had rear disc brakes) that maybe we can fab something up.
Seriously, why put something on a car that is not needed? Ford has to make a profit and I want a cheap car. Drum brakes on the rear are the perfect solution. The Fiesta has the best 60-0 times in it's class. So, in answer to you question, Ford puts drum brakes on cars.;)
 

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So. I know it's an econo car etc. etc. I know stock the car's brakes don't seem to lack anything (yet). But I'm constantly distracted by these dinky little brakes on it. I have no intentions of making the car faster or doing any engine tweaks to it so no, that's not the reason I'd put more brakes on it. I do however, have a habit of putting more brakes on most my cars though, regardless of their use. Everyone has their thing and brakes are one of my things. Just for peace of mind I guess and yes, partly a nice thing to see on the car as well. However, for whatever reason, it never hurts to have better brakes.

Does anyone know if there might be a direct fitment to the Fiesta, front and/or rear especially, as I have nothing good to say about drums? I know it's relatively early to be considering this and I'm in no hurry, but I'm open to suggestions and or discussion.
I'm glad there's a few more people out there that think like me. You can't go wrong with bigger brakes. I've been saved a few times by them. It cracks me up when I see a 500HP+ muscle/sport compact cars with factory brakes...

Anyway, we will be looking into a front brake upgrade kit and maybe a rear disc conversion just as soon as our Fiesta arrives. Stay tuned!
 

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Seriously, why put something on a car that is not needed? Ford has to make a profit and I want a cheap car. Drum brakes on the rear are the perfect solution. The Fiesta has the best 60-0 times in it's class. So, in answer to you question, Ford puts drum brakes on cars.;)
I work for ford I don't need a lesson on there cars...anyway the difference is,i plan on tracking this car, auto x, and factory brakes and drums + brake fade = not fun day at the track
 

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At least 99.9% of us Fiesta buyers aren't going to autocross so it seems to me Ford provided the correct brakes for the car.
 

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I'd say there will be a few more than that which will autocross. ;)

Financially speaking, I am sure there was a viable reason for Ford to put drum brakes on the car. I can't say I am a fan of that decision since I would rather have disc brakes all around too. It makes it MUCH easier to work on them as well.
 

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I'm glad there's a few more people out there that think like me. You can't go wrong with bigger brakes. I've been saved a few times by them. It cracks me up when I see a 500HP+ muscle/sport compact cars with factory brakes...

Anyway, we will be looking into a front brake upgrade kit and maybe a rear disc conversion just as soon as our Fiesta arrives. Stay tuned!
Awesome!! Good news.

Second, and from Marc

"I haven't heard any complaints of Germans -- who are going 120MPH on the Autobahn ... "

But are they braking......

Third, DelayedZ, thanks for the comments, I knew I wasn't alone.

Next, I don't have the stock SVTF brakes anymore. I couldn't have foreseen needing them again back in.......2004 I think it was when I let them go to a turbo Focus Sedan.

Lastly, I am not complaining about how Ford equipped the Fiesta. I FULLY understand why they did, what they did. So far, in regular street driving etc the brakes are just fine, no complaints. I'm just one of those that wants more and as I said before, brakes are just one of my things....Lets face the facts, if I put a BBK on an SVTF......:D
 

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I'm glad there's a few more people out there that think like me. You can't go wrong with bigger brakes....
Actually, you CAN go wrong. The big problem with adding stronger brakes to the rear is balance. You can easily end up with the rears constantly locking up, and triggering the anti-lock. I had it happen to a truck of mine.
 

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Here we go again.......

I'd say there will be a few more than that which will autocross. ;)

Financially speaking, I am sure there was a viable reason for Ford to put drum brakes on the car. I can't say I am a fan of that decision since I would rather have disc brakes all around too. It makes it MUCH easier to work on them as well.
Actually, you CAN go wrong. The big problem with adding stronger brakes to the rear is balance. You can easily end up with the rears constantly locking up, and triggering the anti-lock. I had it happen to a truck of mine.....Reddog99

Dude...enough....have you even driven a Fiesta?
 

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Actually, you CAN go wrong. The big problem with adding stronger brakes to the rear is balance. You can easily end up with the rears constantly locking up, and triggering the anti-lock. I had it happen to a truck of mine.....Reddog99

Dude...enough....have you even driven a Fiesta?
I can't tell who you are referring to because you quoted two people, but I do own a Lime Squeeze SES...
 

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Actually, you CAN go wrong. The big problem with adding stronger brakes to the rear is balance. You can easily end up with the rears constantly locking up, and triggering the anti-lock. I had it happen to a truck of mine.
It was a general statement. Yes, there is such thing as overkill. I'm sure if I put 14" rotors with 6 piston calipers in the front I will have problems as well. I wonder if proportioning valves can be used on the newer vehicles...
 

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There are three reasons that drum brakes are used on the rear of b-segment cars.

1. They provide adequate stopping power for vehicles in that weight range.
2. Cost.
3. See number 2.

That being said, if Ford produces a performance version of the Fiesta, it will undoubtedly have rear discs. If and when that happens, retro-fitting kits will more than likely become available.
 
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