I know that this is a hard debate to test without some doubt from someone. However, does anyone have any numbers for stopping distance for the two? Or first hand experince of the two?
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...found a road test by "Motor Trend" magazine in March 1993 of the '93 model 80 with rear disk brakes. It went from 60 MPH to 0 in 128 feet. Quoting the mag: "the best we've recorded on any sport/utility."
Unpossible. Everyone knows the 80 can't stop and needs major mods and untold numbers of aftermarket brake parts to be safely driven on public roads.
I have run all stock components on both my 80's, and they both stopped quite well. I bought into the hype on 100 series pads and tried them, and they also stop quite well, although I honestly can't tell the difference. The above comment was entirely sarcastic.
And bigger tires and wheels need bigger brakes, you've changed the leverage. Suspension mods raise the COG.
All of the above statements are my personal opinions and experience, and are not backed by anything. Take them for what they're worth.
OK, now you're arguing with yourself, and you're not even offering both sides. What was the stopping distance of the '92 with drum brakes?
I'm on your side. I believe disc brakes stop better than drums. I doubt that the average person would be able to feel a great difference in daily driving. I made a joke about 80 brakes in general, which was off-topic, and I apologize. You are coming off as very antagonistic and defensive about your 'position', which I never even argued against. Chill, my friend.
When switching from a 91-92 to a 93+ the "feel" difference is significant. If you want universal data then compare the percentage difference in media reported stopping distances between the 91-92 and 93+.