Modern Stopping Power for ’76-’79 F-250
Dana 44 & 60 Axles 4x4s
We have a highboy, and we want better brakes. That is what started the crew at PRD Design down the path of developing a brake upgrade kit. Overall, the current brake upgrade market for ’67-’79 F-250 4x4s is primarily made up of part swaps for later-model OEM axles, like the disc brake Dana 44s from 1976-’79 F-250 trucks. There are also options to swap in late-model Super Duty axles.
While these options work, they either require a fair amount of chassis and suspension modifications or, even if they bolt in like the 1976-’79 Dana 44s, still leave you with 1970s technology, leaving many owners wishing they could go the next step to modern brakes.
We faced this dilemma for a customer and his 1969 F-250 4×4 receiving a new Coyote swap and several other upgrades. We opted for a 1976 Dana 44 factory disc brake axle to provide upgraded brakes for the extra horsepower but were still unsatisfied. The original calipers needed replacing; the only real options were remanufactured parts of unknown origin. That still leaves you with big, chunky, heavy parts that still scream of 1970s engineering.
There must be something else available. We couldn’t find it, so we decided to make it. Utilizing proven caliper technology from Wilwood Engineering, we set out to make a kit that would fit over a stock-size brake rotor inside a 16-inch Ford steel wheel to keep that classic 4×4 look. After R&D and a few sets of prototype brackets, our brake kit was complete.
INSIDE THE KIT
Here is what the kit includes:
- PRD Design two-piece caliper brackets
- Two stock OEM spec replacement rotors
- Two Wilwood 6 piston calipers (right- and left specific)
- Wilwood BP-10 brake pads
- Two stainless steel braided brake hoses
- All necessary assembly hardware