Subject:RE: RE: RE: Rear brake drum Date:Sun Dec 9 11:49:04 2012
Response to:4419
When you don't have an internal brake, as with the K.J., you can go with a larger thickness as Dave mentioned. Carl and Ken Harbert opted to use cast iron rather than steel due to its superior heat absorption characteristics. This photo shoes how thick we did mine.

Some years ago I suggested the same thing to Carl Vandre which he did. I also suggested to make the "pipe" part thicker to help dampen vibration. I think he did it about 3/8" or more. He did say it reduced the "music" during brake application which I also sometimes experience. Of course if you also have the internal brake works you have to stick to the original ID.

Doug, What I have done is to machine off the band section and then go to your
local machine shop and purchase the correct (or close to) the correct inside and
outside diameters. Assuming you have a lathe to do this you can cut a relief in
the new band material so that you can get a good deep weld on the two mating
surfaces. Once welded together you put it in your lathe and cut the outside
diameter to the correct size. One benefit to all this is that you can actually make
a thicker wall on the band section for long life. This might seem like a
complicated process but it really pretty easy.

Are rear brake drums available for the Deluxe or has someone figured a way to
rebuild these. My drum is worn on the outside and is pitted on the inside.