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Spoiler+16"rims+drums=Sport?

This is my second tbird. My last tbird was non sport but had 4 wheel disc. The one I have now is 1996 red with spoiler, larger rims, but has drear drum brakes. Which calipers/discs do I need for the front wheels?

*Edit It's actually a 1996. I haven't touched the car since I bought it. I found out about transmission slipping after the transmission was hot on the way home about 50 miles after driving as well as some oil leaks. At least I paid scrap metal price for it but it kind of set me back in my motivation on this vehicle.

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All 97s came with 4 wheel disc brakes, if you have a 97 with rear drums somewhere along the way they were swapped out.

Check the caliper bracket, there should be a 15 or 16 engraved on it.

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This is my second tbird. My last tbird was non sport but had 4 wheel disc. The one I have now is 1997 red with spoiler, larger rims, but has drear drum brakes. Which calipers/discs do I need for the front wheels?
The only real tell tale that it's a sport is the spring code JJJJ. All sports had the larger Mark VIII front brake rotors, 16" wheels, and spoiler, but the spoilers were available as an option without the sport package, many people put 16" wheels on them after the fact, etc. Spring code is the only real way to know.

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If the spoiler is from the factory, it will have SPLR on the coretag. (top of the radiator area, bolted on.)

I think it says SPORT on sports, but ICBW.

It will say MOON on moonroof cars, also.

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If the spoiler is from the factory, it will have SPLR on the coretag. (top of the radiator area, bolted on.)

I think it says SPORT on sports, but ICBW.

It will say MOON on moonroof cars, also.
And yes, all 97's had rear disk brakes, not sure why anyone would swap in drums.

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Maybe it's not a 97!

Just kidding, but some of the 96's did have the drum brakes.

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Maybe it's not a 97!

Just kidding, but some of the 96's did have the drum brakes.

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My 1996 has rear drums. Came with 15" alloys, no spoiler. I swapped the 16" sport wheels on
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It's a 1996 with sport rims and spoiler. I knew that because of the cup holders but i haven't really messed with the car much.

From what I've searched on the site i can just measure the rotors and go from there for the breaks.

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It's a 1996 with sport rims and spoiler. I knew that because of the cup holders but i haven't really messed with the car much.

From what I've searched on the site i can just measure the rotors and go from there for the breaks.
DO what i am doing and convert to the dual piston mustang calipers
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It's a 1996 with sport rims and spoiler. I knew that because of the cup holders but i haven't really messed with the car much.

From what I've searched on the site i can just measure the rotors and go from there for the breaks.
If it's a 96 that changes everything. Early 96 Sports did not come with the bigger Mark VIII brakes, that was a mid year change.

Pull the front wheel off and check the caliper bracket for either a 15 or a 16. That will let you know what size pads you need.

Have you checked the door tag for the suspension (JJJJ) code?

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