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Q I have owned my 1988 Fi­esta XR2 for over 26 year. I am near­ing com­ple­tion of the car’s fast-road mod­i­fi­ca­tions, and I would like to in­stall a rear disc con­ver­sion, so was par­tic­u­larly in­ter­ested in Mike John­son’s project up­date in the Oc­to­ber is­sue, where he fit­ted Fo­cus stub axles.

I have ob­tained a new-old stock rear axle beam, which I would swap out with the orig­i­nal item and have the con­ver­sion on the orig­i­nal. I think that the axle beams on the Mk1 and Mk2 Fi­esta are the same. How­ever, I wish to re­tain the orig­i­nal, and use discs that will be com­pat­i­ble with the stan­dard 13 inch wheels. If you think that all sounds work­able so far, do the

“MK1 AND MK2 FI­ESTA AXLES ARE THE SAME APART FROM THE HAND­BRAKE MOUNTS”

Mk1 Fo­cus stub axles have an in­te­gral cal­liper bracket, mak­ing the con­ver­sion straight­for­ward ? Si­mon Pan­ter Email

A Mk1 and Mk2 Fi­esta back axles are the same apart from the hand­brake cable mount­ing points. Mike has utilised Fo­cus ST stub axles (same as the Fo­cusTDCi and Puma) and then used the 255 mm discs and Fi­esta ST rear cal­lipers that will squeeze un­der cer­tain 13 inch wheels.

This in­volves chop­ping off the stubs from the Fi­esta axle, weld­ing a mount­ing plates on and fit­ting the Fo­cus hubs to that.The Fo­cus hub has a built-in cal­liper bracket and can be mounted to be nar­rower than the orig­i­nal wheel track or shimmed and spaced out to match or be wider If needed.You can also add cam­ber to the hubs this way.You will need to ori­en­tate the cal­lipers to clear the dampers and tie arms, but then this cre­ates an is­sue with run­ning a suit­able hand­brake cable. Mike in­tends on mak­ing up cus­tom brack­ets on the cal­lipers and util­is­ing an ex­tra-long kit car hand­brake cable.

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