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MY '66 Coupe needs 1 new drum to pass inspection here in PA. I am going to replace all 4. I called the local parts store and they quoted me $33 for front and $23 for rear. I checked out a Mustang supplier (CJ's) and they want $64.95.

Does anyone know why there would be such a major price difference? Are the ones that CJ's sells that much different?

Any advise would be appreciated.
 
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Wow that is a big difference. I have never seen ones for that cheap! I would go and look at the cheaper ones if possible or make sure you understand their return policy before ordering them. Some places sell the exact same products with big differences in prices.

Good Luck!
 

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If you can get them for $33 for front and $23 rear, JUMP on it, and buy an extra set! Even the local parts houses around here are in excess of $65 per drum, front OR back.
 

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You might want to make sure that the drums are made in the U.S. or Canada. I think you get what you pay for with this kind of stuff. The offshore brands are supposed to warp easier and have inconsistent metal composition and what not. But, if you don't care about the risk of warping, or just need somethin that will work, but isn't top quality, these would prob do the job.
 

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you can come down to my house in Cecil County MD and I will sell you the entire 4 wheel drum set up off my 65 FB for $100 /forums/images/icons/smile.gif
 

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Although it was a long time ago when I did the brakes on my car, I recall there being a large difference in the price(s) of drums. If I am remembering correctly, there was a large difference in the quality of the drums, so you may want to check on that before you opt for the cheap ones.

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All of the brake drums are aluminum composites, made in china at one of two foundries. One places the steel liner inside, the other ships em over here where they install em. Both are actually junk..according to NHTSA, none of them meets DOT requirements. They are sold as "Economy" (real junk) and "Heavy Duty" (lesser junk). I have had fractures occur on brand new units during emergency braking (not requiring lock up or anything near that). I would suggest one of two things...
1. Call Carbo Tech Engineering, order drums from them but pay the extra $15 and have em dipped in Nitrogen

2. Call Kanter Auto Products and see if they can order you real steel units (I know they have em for the cars from the 50's)

FYI, the economy models runs about $35, the HD ones run right around $100 and the steel liners are installed by Automotive Specialties (originally a TRW company)
 
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