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Forester L rear disc swap?

Hi there guys. I relized the rear brakes on my 00' L are getting low and would like to ditch the drum setup for rear disc. Now i would imagine swapping to S rear brakes would be the easiest.. does anyone have a step by step and/or complete part list on whats needed? very interested and this would be very helpful, thanks!
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I'd just go to the junk yard and pull the entire knuckle off the car. Then it's pretty much. Quick bolt on job ;)

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00 Drum to Disc conversion part list ??

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Not worth it on a 12 year old car.

Use the search function and do a search on "disc conversion" you will come up with many results.

Unless you are setting it up as a track car there is no need/reason to swap to disc.

His - 08 X Prem 5mt
Hers - 08 X 4EAT
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Not worth it on a 12 year old car.

Use the search function and do a search on "disc conversion" you will come up with many results.

Unless you are setting it up as a track car there is no need/reason to swap to disc.
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Personsal preferance.. overall appearance. im really just not a fan of drum lol. but thank you everyone for your help/suggestions
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i would say its worth it. a brake job will cost you a few hundred no matter what. so if you went to u pull it and payed 100 bucks for the rear disk swap, maybe the rotars would be good and you'd only have to drop the price of new pads. you paid about the same as a brake job, and got better looking disc :)
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i would say its worth it. a brake job will cost you a few hundred no matter what. ....
A few hundred for drum brakes?

Parts list from Advance Auto:

Item--------------------------------------------------part #-------------------------------Price
Brake drum---------------------------------------YH140645-------------------------------$31.99ea or $63.98 for the pair
Rear shoes-----------------------------------------NB676--------------------------------$11.99
Brake Drum All-In-One hardware Kit----H17347 ---------------------------$16.29
Total---------------------------------------------------------------------------$97.26(Autozone prices out ~$86)

if you need wheel cylinders too:

Wheel cylinders-----------------------------------W37983----------------------------$16.59ea or $33.18 for the pair
Total with wheel cylinders-----------------------------------------$130.44(Autozone prices out at ~$116)

Far under a few hundred. and if you do some discount searching.
Discount code for Advance Auto:
CCABIN
$10 off orders of $30 or more -
$20 off orders of $50 or more -
$40 off orders of $100 or more!

Which brings it down to $90.44+ tax, with wheel cylinders.

Even if you have to pay some one to do it. With all new parts it should take less then an hour in a shop setting, you should still be under $200 total.

I just did front rotors and ceramic pads for <$70 on the misses '08.

His - 08 X Prem 5mt
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i was including labor from a shop. and figured 100-200 giving a big variance. so maybe i shoulda used the word "couple". but i knew what i ment :)
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The disc brake swap cost me about $250 with mostly salvage yard parts, knuckle assemblies with brake cables were $150 from local used auto parts, and I already had everything else from previous junkyard visits. I had to buy the brake hoses and fluid of course, I also painted everything all pretty. $20/each for hoses couple bucks for the pain and fluid and a weekend of wrenching and bleeding the brake system again and again.

Mind you I didn't buy new pads or have the calipers turned, also I did this swap out of want and partially out of necessity of a new rear bearing. It was cheaper to do the swap then buy the bearing and have it pressed out/in and do a brake job.

Overall I like the disc setup but haven't noticed any improvement in braking, it may even be slightly worse as far as feel and stopping distance. But if you can get the parts and have the time nothing wrong with going this route. If I were to do it all again, while I was at it i would have gone with stainless braided line set to really help out pedal feel.
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Just finished converting my 99 forester to rear disc using donor parts from a 91 Legacy.

Although some will say otherwise I suggest you to swap the matching proportioning valve along with all the undercar parts. It will be a pain to bleed the rear brakes if you do. I suggest once the old fluid has all left the system start capturing the clean fluid in a new container and keep feeding it back through the system. If I had not done this I would have used five bottles of fluid in order to get all the air out.

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