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Brakes 13 inch calipers

Discussion in 'Wheels/Tires/Brakes' started by garyd, Jun 25, 2020.

  1. garyd

    garyd FEOA Member

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    Will not accept 14 inch calipers. They look real close and almost fit but they dont
    This is 2nd gen escorts
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    pextor Moderator Staff Member

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    You need to change the whole hub I think.
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    You probably know there are two sizes of rotors, calipers, and pads for the early (91-93?) 2nd gen Escorts, versus the later ones, from 94-onward. The early brakes use 9.25" diameter rotors and can use the 13" wheels. I recall the calipers having a number 13 showing on the casting. The pads are different, being slightly smaller than the later ones.
    The later brakes use a 10.25" diameter rotor, which requires the 14" wheels as well as the calipers with a 14 on the casting, and taking the later and slightly larger brake pads too. The change may have taken place partway through the model year or production year, and it may have taken place at different times depending whether the car was made in Wayne Michigan or Hermosillo Sonora in MX.

    I have never measured or tried swapping early-vs-late knuckles, so I dont know whether the later knuckles have the the mounting for the calipers located further out. On ebay lots of sellers list knuckles for the 2nd gen Escorts, and they ALL say they fit 91-96 escorts, but some say the steering arm is 3" and some list it as 3.5". I dont have much confidence that they are accurate as to whether the early/late parts are different or not.
    If I was confident I might order a pair of used knuckles, just to have a hard-to-get part while they are still available. I won five 2nd gen LX Escorts; 91,92,93,94 & 95.
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    novanutcase FEOA Member

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    Why didn't I know they were raffling off Escorts? LOL!

    John
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    Ford Escorts: collect all five!
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    I would have guessed that he would have at least 2 the same year, just to cut down on his stack of Factory Service Manuals.
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    garyd FEOA Member

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    I screwed up writting the header.
    I wanted to know if 14 in calipers fit on 13 in spindles.
    Much to my dismay they do not.
    It's very close but the caliper bolt holes are about 1/2 inch off
    Looks like I've got to do a whole spindle swap
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    denisond3 Moderator Staff Member

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    I will be interested to learn if the knuckles from a later Escort (that came with 14" wheels) are different from the earlier ones; either in terms of how far out the caliper mounts are from the centerline of the hub or how long the steering arm is.
    My earlier 2nd gen. Escorts have the 13" wheels and matching rotors, calipers and pads, and the later ones have the 14" wheels; with matching rotors calipers and pads. The later ones have better braking capability - though I dont consider it dramatically better.

    zzyzzx: I do indeed have two 94LX wagons, my only ones with the 5-spreed transmissions. The only difference is the paint color.
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    I am curious as to if you have FSM's for each year, or one years FSM (1994?) is good enough for the other years...

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