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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.