Disc Brakes vs. Drum Brakes
Pros and cons of both brake systems
Following are typical pros & cons for both disc and drum brakes:
- Pro - Less expensive since they're already stock on Broncos
- Pro - Drums work better then discs as emergency brakes
- Con - They stop poorly when wet and can get clogged with mud
- Con - Stopping power can fade with repeated hard braking
- Con - Larger tires
- Pro - More consistant, straight line stopping power
- Pro - Dissipate heat better to stay cooler
- Pro - Less affected by water or mud
- Pro - Easier to maintain and faster to replace pads then shoes
- Con - More expensive to install (but maintenance costs should be less)
Most people will agree that discs are better than drums. However, stock drum brakes can be effective if they're in good working order and properly adjusted. Typically when people upgrade to disc brakes they're replacing worn out drums, so they see a vast improvement and are quick to credit their new disc brakes. Just keep in mind that when someone raves about their new disc setup some of it is due to simply having new parts.
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