Jump to content


Brake Conversion 1.6 Tdci

Brakes conversion discs pads drums

  • Please log in to reply
8 replies to this topic



    No Smoke No Poke... Unless you have a DPF!

  • Moderator
  • 1,682 posts
  • Name: Dave
  • Ford Model: Ford Focus Zetec S 1.6 TDCi
  • Year: 2010
  • Location: Hertfordshire

Posted 10 June 2012 - 01:48 PM

Hello All,

I'll start with a honest opinion... My Brakes are SHOCKING!! or at least they are compared to my old mk1.5 Focus and my partners mk2.5 1.8.

I have put this down to the fact both there have discs all round.

Now, on my new car I have drums on the rear, despite being serviced and looked at, i still dont feel confident in the Brakes.

Anyone taken the discs and assorted bits from the 1.8 or 2.0 TDCi and put them on their 1.6?? If so what bits do i need and how easy is it??



Have something to contribute?

Sign in or register to start a topic...

Sign up to FOC Premium Membership To Remove These Ads

#2 artscot79


    Ford Enthusiast

  • True Ford Enthusiast
  • PipPipPipPipPip
  • 8,187 posts
  • Name: arthur
  • Ford Model: focus mk2 ti-vct
  • Year: 2006
  • Location: Fife

Posted 10 June 2012 - 05:42 PM

very surprised i have the drums rear and disks up front and stopping power is very good even on worn pads maybe its the extra weight of that diesel as for changing them im sure you need to replace the rear hubs i might be wrong though

#3 poshpawsfiesta


    AKA PoshPawsRenaultClio

  • New Member
  • PipPipPipPip
  • 465 posts
  • Ford Model: fiesta
  • Year: 2016
  • Location:

Posted 11 June 2012 - 11:17 AM

My brakes are fantastic i got a 1.6 tdci with rear drums, do a brake fluid change that can make a world of diffrence.

#4 jg321


    Feet Under The Table

  • Budding Enthusiast
  • PipPipPipPip
  • 207 posts
  • Name: Jon
  • Ford Model: Focus Mk 2.5 1.6 TDCi Zetec
  • Year: 2008
  • Location: Lancashire

Posted 11 June 2012 - 12:29 PM

My brakes are also shocking, nearly die every time I drive Sarah's 52 reg Polo and we fly into the windscreen. Then I get used to it and can't stop in my Focus. Been like that since the day I bought it (just over a year ago, second hand of course).

#5 tomo2001


    Serial Poster

  • Budding Enthusiast
  • PipPipPipPip
  • 485 posts
  • Name: Paul
  • Ford Model: Ford Focus 1.6 TDCi Titanium X
  • Year: 2011
  • Location: Yorkshire

Posted 11 June 2012 - 12:49 PM

Perhaps you may be better changing the friction pad material first before going down the route of modding the car (if possible). Try EBC Green Stuff - get good reviews on other forums.



    No Smoke No Poke... Unless you have a DPF!

  • Moderator
  • 1,682 posts
  • Name: Dave
  • Ford Model: Ford Focus Zetec S 1.6 TDCi
  • Year: 2010
  • Location: Hertfordshire

Posted 11 June 2012 - 05:40 PM

Ah EBC... They used to come away from the backing plates in the early days lol!!

I used to have a set of mintex e-tech on my old fiesta, they were great...

It's going in for a service on Wednesday so I'll get them to look over it and see what they think. But it's been shocking since I bought it! Lol

I after Wednesday they are still awful I will look into upgrading the pads and discs, then look at conversions after that if still no joy!

#7 catch


    Ford Enthusiast

  • True Ford Enthusiast
  • PipPipPipPipPip
  • 1,306 posts
  • Ford Model: MK2.5 Focus 1.6 Titanium Petrol
  • Year: 2011
  • Location:

Posted 11 June 2012 - 11:50 PM

No problems with mine.

Is it a case of you experiencing problems with the braking efficiency. And just assuming that, as there are drums on the rear axle it must be those causing the problem?

Ford will have ensured the brakes set up, be it drums on the rear axle is up to the job. So like others have said, I'd look to it being a need to have the brakes serviced.............which I see your getting done

#8 jeebowhite


    Resident Loon

  • Super Mod
  • 22,314 posts
  • Name: James
  • Ford Model: Sea Grey Mondeo MKIV 1.8TDCi 140ps Zetec
  • Year: 2007
  • Location: Kent

Posted 12 June 2012 - 02:03 PM

I haev to be honest, I noticed a difference when I went from the 2 disk 2 drum through to the four disk on my Cee'd. It does improve the performance IMHO, you can replace the drums to disks, however you only have to bear in mind how you are going to manage the handbreak. My four disks on the cee'd have a mini drum just for the handbrake in the centre of the disk...

#9 Haz93


    Serial Poster

  • Budding Enthusiast
  • PipPipPipPip
  • 453 posts
  • Name: Harrison
  • Ford Model: Audi A5 Cabriolet + Mini Cooper
  • Year: 2009
  • Location: Warwickshire

Posted 12 June 2012 - 10:13 PM

In my 1.6 with rear drums only just over a year old, and the breaks aren't half as good as anything else I have driven. For me this is probably the only thing I don't like about the focus as after driving golfs and Astras as company cars both had 4 disks and even my old 1999 Yaris seemed much sharper stopping. I have driven a friends st and this didn't have the problem at all as 4 disks. Maybe other focus models with rear disks maybe retrofitted, as this will have a handbreak mechanism already built in? The handbreak cable may also need to be fitted but should be a straight swap

Not what you're looking for?

Register now, we have a huge community of enthusiasts to answer any questions you might have

Also tagged with one or more of these keywords: Brakes, conversion, discs, pads, drums

0 user(s) are reading this topic

0 members, 0 guests, 0 anonymous users