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anyone see or done 4 wheel disc brakes on the frontier?

or any idea what kit to use? i really want to upgrade my brakes and do disc all the way around. mainly for cleaning issues when im out playing in the mud.

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My '05 came with 4 wheel ABS disk brakes.

Sounds like a good excuse to get a new '06.
 

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Frontin said:
anyone see or done 4 wheel disc brakes on the frontier?

or any idea what kit to use? i really want to upgrade my brakes and do disc all the way around. mainly for cleaning issues when im out playing in the mud.

thnks
yeah. the 05s and up have 4 wheel disc brakes. yet another aspect that helped me decide between Frontier and Tacoma.
 

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well im driving a 2000, so that doesnt help me lol. but i wonder how hard it would be to take the brakes from the 05 and put them on the 2000. any thoughts?
 

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I am not the least bit mechanically inclined so my opinion is just that, my opinion. I had
a 2000 XE KC and judging by the differences in it and my '05 LE KC I would say it is
highly unlikely that you could convert it over without major work, translate dollars.

I read somewhere that the drum brakes are as efficient or more so than the disc brakes if you are not driving at the limits. The drum brakes do heat up quicker and they are
less efficient when they get wet. For most driving the drum brakes are fine.

Hopefully there will be someone else on here that can give you more than an opinion.

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actually disc brakes are a lot better, they can provide more stopping power which helps for larger tires.

but my reason for wanting disc is mud. ive had some much mud caked in my brakes i actually had to replace them. where with disc brakes, it cant cake, and what ever does cake can easily be blown away with a presure washer with out even taking the wheel off. so basically i just want easy clean up, because i dont ever want to get in the bad situation i was in, and end up having to replace my damn brakes again.
 

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4 wheel discs

I've often though of doing this to my '02 4x4. Since the front brakes are the same as the eariler Pathfinders, I'm wondering if the Pathfinder rear discs will bolt up to the Frontier rear end?

Any ideas on upgrading the fronts? I now have power slot rotors and have tried several brake pad conmpounds and they still suck!
 

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I have been wondering the same thing nissanpu5. I have a 02 4x4 also, did you ever find anything out about those pathy rear discs bolting up?
 

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disc brakes

Man, I posted this nearly two years ago and no one still has any good ideas for a decent brake upgrade for our 1st gen 4x4?
 

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nissanpu5 said:
Man, I posted this nearly two years ago and no one still has any good ideas for a decent brake upgrade for our 1st gen 4x4?
Swap out with a Pathy.
 

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Sorry, I'm not an expert on this, but Checking the old Pathfinder seems like it would be your best, cheapest option. For the second gen axle, I don't know if it's the same width as the older Frontier, and the bolt pattern is different. You'd have rim issues. If the Pathfinder is a solid axle, then it might not be too hard. You will need to check into a proportioning valve, and possible master cylinder from the pathfinder, because of the pressure difference used between drums and disks. But something to consider when doing this is the parking brake. Most rear disk systems use a drum setup in the disk itself. That too cakes up with mud, and will require regular maintenance. Good luck, and let us know about the Pathfinder parts. Sounds like a good project.
 

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just switch axles with a pathy and theres your disk brakes. if there the same.. you will have to do a little home work on your own to make sure its the same ratio and mounting points.
 

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I know its been said in this thread already, but I'd be very interested in any good solution to this that doesn't require an axle swap... I love the way my truck handles on the road, and I don't want to screw with that any more than I have to, but I've waded a creek or two, and that always leaves the drum brakes making scary noises.

Are we out of luck?
 

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Pathy axles are shorter than the WD22 platform axles.
So there are NO REAR DISC SWAPS for Xterras/Frontiers from 1997-2004

Stillen used to have a kit but it was close to $1300 and did not improve the stopping power significantly to justify the cost.

The stopping distance for first gen xterras and frontiers is very respectable. Just get some cross drilled or slotted rotors, better pads, and stainless lines and that should improve it a bit.

BTW..
I'm running 35x12.5 MT/R's on 97 15"x7" pathy 6 spoke alloy rims and my truck stops NO PROBLEMS.

So, short answer, it won't work.
 
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