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Gen 1 BAD Series Disc Brakes released in 2007 and we sold over 23,000 kits over 48 countries. It finally gave Classic VW Enthusiasts an American option instead of settling on Chinese counterparts. Wilwood calipers, flexible bolt pattern switching, upgrade-able from 1, 2 to 4 piston applications and they bolted onto factory or drum drop spindles with ease. To put it bluntly, the industry as a whole, loved the versatility and performance.

Almost 16 years later, we introduce GEN 2. Our greatest update on a industry leading set of disc brakes, the BAD Series Disc Brakes.

BAD (Billet Assembled Disc) is made up of a 3-Piece design that include the hub assembly, the bolt pattern and the rotor blade. With the pandemic hitting just about everyone hard, the raw materials industry was hit even harder. Rotor material we used became non-existent so we had to search worldwide for options. What once was a 11 different companies touching this rotor is now a single company, that produces millions of rotors annually, making our products the best yet. Every aspect of this rotor is now done in house and to the spec the PRO's demand. The hub design went through a small change that included a dust/grease cap update. This update included a bolt on design with the speedometer cable connection hidden under the anodized Airkewld Star design. Super trick, super clean.

Caliper brackets were redesigned to set the calipers in the perfect location for service, tie rod end replacement and Wilwood caliper recommended hardware, which is now American instead of Metric.

Stainless Steel Brake lines have been updated for an even better look, fit and function as well.

Rear BAD Hubs have been updated to include the same cap as the front to keep the look uniform and hide the axle nut.

Rear eBrake cables have been updated to include OEM connections at the hand brake handle and a barrel nut at the caliper for a quick and easy installation.

Future upgrades include the availability of an electronic parking brake option to release in 2023.

New options available is to have the bearings pressed in and packed, ready for you to install easily.

Match painted eBrake calipers are now a drop down menu item so compiling the Ultimate front and rear kit to matching specs is actually a reality.

As it stands in 2022, Wilwood does not make a eBrake caliper that fits a 3/8" thick rotor. Some shops, (shops, normally do NOT carry product liability insurance, meaning if the product fails and you get injured or worse, they can give you the finger), *Modify* a 3/4" rotor to fit which takes the liability away from Wilwood and onto them AND you.

Also, Wilwood does NOT make disc brake conversions for the Classic Volkswagen. So when you read Wilwood Disc Brake conversions, that company is marketing to you in a deceptive way and giving their kit value in a consumer market.

One company, with product liability insurance, that's Airkewld and one other company, EMPI, which states that these products are designed for the use to be on a off-road application, which takes the liability risk OFF OF THEM and onto YOU, the SHOP/GARAGE that is installing them. Airkewld, that's us, has a 90%+ American-Made Disc Brake Conversions and EMPI has a 90%+ Chinese-Made Disc Brake Conversions.

Rear Kits - LINK - All rear kits will come with BAD Series rotor assemblies featuring new assembly hardware for a better user experience, caliper brackets, calipers, pads, e-brake cables, seals, hardware and stainless steel brake hoses.

It is up to the client to ensure that they have what they should have under their year/model/application. If they are unsure, it is time to send an email with some photos to make sure. The brake kits below require the following;

  • Type 1 or 3 rear axle assembly like short axle, long axle, short spline and long spline or IRS. These kits will not fit Type 2 reduction gear boxes or Type 2 Bay axles assemblies. These kit will NOT fit 3x3 trailing arms with out modification.
  • All studs we use are 14mm x 1.50 and we do not supply lug nuts due to wheels taking a specific lug nut for each application. If you don't know what you need, the PRO's can help. 12mm x 1.50 are available as a special request if you need them for your build.
  • DOT 3 Brake Fluid to be used.

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Classic VW Rear Disc Brake Conversion Kit - 4700G2 Classic VW Rear Disc Brake Conversion Kit - 4700G2

Fits the following:

  • 1949-1967 US Spec Type 1 Beetle-Bug-Fusca
  • 1949-1967 US Spec Karmann Ghia
  • Kit cars with short spline swing axle suspension
PDF Instructions:
  • Rear Disc Install - Link
The PRO's Recommendations:
  • Optional billet bearing caps allow for a trouble free installation
  • If you want a matching set of front BAD Series Disc Brakes, click here.
  • If you want these added to your PRObuilt Transaxle, click here.
Tips:
  • Zero Added track with all applications
  • Use an air impact to tighten the rear rotors, not a torque tool.
  • 14mm x 1.50 studs are used in all applications - 12mm x 1.50 are available on special order request

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Shipping in January/February
Airkewld Army Price: $1,250.00
Classic VW Rear Disc Brake Conversion Kit - 4705G2 Classic VW Rear Disc Brake Conversion Kit - 4705G2


Fits the following:

  • 1968 US Spec Type 1 Beetle-Bug-Fusca
  • 1968 US Spec Karmann Ghia
  • Kit cars with long spline swing axle suspension
PDF Instructions:
  • Rear Disc Install - Link
The PRO's Recommendations:
  • Optional billet bearing caps we build allow for a trouble free installation
  • If you want a matching set of front BAD Series Disc Brakes, click here.
  • If you want these added to your PRObuilt Transaxle, click here.
Tips:
  • Zero Added track with all applications
  • Use an air impact to tighten the rear rotors, not a torque tool
  • Calipers with out eBrakes are not street legal
  • 14mm Studs are used in all applications - 12mm are available on special order request

More Information

Shipping in January/February
Airkewld Army Price: $1,250.00
Classic VW Rear Disc Brake Conversion Kit - 4710G2 Classic VW Rear Disc Brake Conversion Kit - 4710G2

Fits the following:

  • 1969-1975 US Spec Type 1 Beetle-Bug-Fusca
  • 1969-1975 US Spec Karmann Ghia
  • 1973-1974 Type 181 Thing
  • 1971-1979 Super Beetle 1301 1302
  • Kit cars with IRS rear suspension
PDF Instructions:
  • Rear Disc Install - Link
Tips:
  • Zero Added track with all applications
  • Use an air impact to tighten the rear rotors, not a torque tool.
  • Calipers with out eBrakes are not street legal
  • 14mm Studs are used in all applications - 12mm are available on special order request
  • If you want a matching set of front BAD Series Disc Brakes, click here.

More Information

Shipping in January/February
Airkewld Army Price: $1,250.00
BAD Series Brakes Pedal Box Emblem 1480 BAD Series Brakes Pedal Box Emblem 1480

New Product for 2023 - BAD Series Brakes Emblem that attaches to your Master Cylinder bolts notifying whomever is driving your ride will have the confidence that it has the best brakes in the industry!

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Shipping in 2023
Airkewld Army Price $0.01
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FAQ - Frequently Asked Question - Disc Brake Edition

Question: Do you make a Wilwood eBrake caliper kit for your BAD Series Brakes?
Answer: No sorry we do not. Wilwood does not make a 3/8" thick rotor equipped caliper.

Question: What size lugs do I need?
Answer: Most brake kits come with 14mm x 1.50 studs pressed in them, so a lug nut that fits those, but in the seat that the wheels need, either acorn conical, ball seat or mag lug. Check the wheel manufacture for specs the wheels require.

Question: I have a dual circuit master on my VW already. Do I still need to install the master cylinder that was sent with my kit?
Answer: Yes, the dual circuit master relies on the springs in the backing plates to syphon the fluid back into the reservoir. The dual circuit disc master has a larger spring to do the syphoning.
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