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Is such conversion possible?

What are the parts required? rear wheel, final drive, disc, caliper, reservoir, brake pedal... what else?
 

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I had done a search there, not much information on rear drum braked K-bike anywhere, even the BMW Factory repair manual have limited information.
 

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Ya know, I seem to remember that BMW went through at least 3 different versions of the rear brake rotor. I believe that they had problems with warping.

If you call MAX BMW in New Hampshire and ASK FOR RUSTY in parts I'd bet anything that he could help you. He's been a parts guy since the K bikes came out. I'm serious about that. He really knows his stuff. If anyone could help you with this project he can. Give him a call.

Not sure what you don't like about drum brakes but here are a few things to note.

The had lots of complaints about rear drum squeal.

There were some things done to the drum brakes in 1986-86. The shoe springs would vibrate and cause a squeal. To quiet this they came out with dampers for the springs. ( 34 21 1 457 602 55mm long or 34 21 1 457 572 70mm long) If that didn't work they had updated shoes with relocated spring attachment points. ( 34 32 2 242 401 and 34 21 1 242 402 ) These came out in 1986 and you can tell if you have it if your shoe is stamped with an 86 and 10 dots around it for the month of October. Supposedly these produced more spring pressure to the damping block. These were factory installed on the 1987 models.


If you mess with the drum brake shoes. Keep in mind that BMW didn't introduce asbestos free brakes shoes for the 1981 and up bikes until 1990. It was part number 34 21 2 310 523 and also included a rubber absorber for the rear return spring in order to reduce the vibration of the spring which caused a squealing noise during braking.
 

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Thanks for the advice.. I think the conversion to a disc rear brake might be a project when the rear fianl drive goes kaput..
Until then, I think the rear drum brake's peformance, even though less than dragging my feet on the pavement, will have to be sufficient.. brakes? I don't need no stinkin' brakes..
 

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Yes, a conversion is possible. You are correct, you'll need the final drive, rear wheel, rear brake disc, caliper, brake pedal, rear master cylinder, rear brake line, rear brake switch, and possibly the right side footpeg plate, but I am not 100% sure on that. The rear disc brake on these bikes is not overly powerfull, but I suspect it is a little better than the drum. Good luck with the project!
Mike
 

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Hello Mike,
Please let me know if you ever come across a spare final drive unit for a rear drum brake. I would like to find a spare for myself for my K75.
Thank you

Theo
 

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MAX BMW is having a big "garage sale" on the 12th in NY. 4000 sq ft of old bike parts
 

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Max BMW is about 250 miles from me.. I think I have better things to do on Saturday then spend 8 hours on the highway.
 
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