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Gen 1 Classic 1964-67 VW Bus Front Disc Brake Conversion Kit - 4305 Gen 1 Classic 1964-67 VW Bus Front Disc Brake Conversion Kit - 4305
List Price $1,699.99
Airkewld Army Price $1,399.99 per Kit
Savings: $300.00

Gen 1 Classic VW Bus Rear Disc Brake Conversion Kit - 4745 Gen 1 Classic VW Bus Rear Disc Brake Conversion Kit - 4745
List Price $1,599.99
Airkewld Army Price $1,299.99 per Kit
Savings: $300.00


Classic Volkswagen Braking Upgrades | Disc Brakes by Airkewld

The PRO's want you to STOP when you WANT or NEED to. Will drum brakes really suffice? Simple answer. No. - by Pete Skiba - PRO since 2002 | Airkewld.com | Updated on 6/8/23

Understanding what you need to do the job you are looking for, sounds easy, but it's really not. But with the help from the PRO's, guidance is part of the experience. Below, you will find what comes in the kits and what caliper makes sense for your application.

Front Kits
- LINK - All front kits will come with BAD Series rotor assemblies featuring new assembly hardware, caliper brackets, 4 piston calipers, pads, master cylinder, seals, hardware , German roller bearings, reservoir bottle, brake light switch and stainless steel braided brake lines. These are the most complete kits on the market to ensure you can do the job correctly and safely.

Rear Kits - LINK - All rear kits will come with BAD Series rotor assemblies, caliper brackets, calipers, pads, e-brake cables (if selected), seals, hardware and stainless steel brake hoses.

Rear eBrake - Single piston mechanical e-brake caliper - Zero Offset - Perfect for all street and performance applications and can be paint matched by the consumer to match the front pretty easily or the PRO's can do it for them in the options available.

RaceReady - Two Piston Wilwood NON e-Brake Caliper - Zero Offset - Perfect for all race applications as well as clients who want matching Wilwood calipers front and rear.

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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 that 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, the PRO's introduced modified GEN1. 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 includes 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.

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 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. New cotter pin replacement bolts are now included in the Gen 1 kits for serviceability and perfect function.

New options available is to have the bearings pressed in and packed, match painted eBrake non-Wilwood calipers and more!

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 Wilwood caliper to fit a 3/8" rotor, 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.

a PRO's Take | Product Advice & Recommendation

"Picture this. You purchased an item from Amazon and you got it in a few days. You use it as intended and it last for 6 months. Guess what? It was more than likely from China. It was cheap, it didn't last, now what? Purchased American Made from a trusted vendor and it will last a long time."

Trust is earned and reputation makes decisions easy. - Airkewld CEO Pete Skiba

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