Rear Disk Brakes

I looked at how the brakelines are going to be routed.


The black flexible hose has to be connected to the copper coloured hard line. I will have to get a new flexible hose and hardline made. The new hose has to have a connection fitted at one end where the hardline can be screwed into. I will probably have to create a support plate on the trailing arm where this connection can be attached. It should eventually look just like the flexible-hardline connection in the upper left corner of the picture.

Update 22-03-2010: I ordered some custom made brakelines from a dutch company called “Remkaflex“. On their site you can upload a description of what you need, and attach a drawing of it with measurements. I told them I wanted a VW beetle brakeline screw on one side and a piece of flexible Golf IV on the other side.

Through this page I send them the description and this computer drawing:

Brakeline drawing
(click on it for a bigger version)


And after a week or so, I got this delivered!:

Custom made brakelines


Looks great, doesn’t it? I am very happy with it. They didn’t include the screws at the Golf caliper end, so I have to reuse the old ones (so, if you order them, tell them you need the screw and rings too).

I bend the “hard” part of the lines to roughly match the shape of the original VW beetle brakeline. And I made a bracket to hold the brakeline in place.

Brakeline installed


The clamp which holds the brakeline was bought at a home improvement shop, and is normally used to hold 12 mm water pipes. It was perfect for this, because it came with the rubber and a nut welded on one side of the clamp.



  1. I really like the website. Very informative. Great work on the car. My question is about the calipers. What year golf did they come from or are they all the same.

    • Hi Heath,
      I don’t know for which year they are. I just searched for rear brake calipers for a VW Golf IV.
      I assumed they were all the same… but I am not sure if they are.


  2. Hey Gerrelt,
    Thanks for the reply. I ended up going with 08 beetle calipers. They fit on the empi brackets perfectly. I would like to change the brackets to something with the same 0 offset as the empi brackets so I could buy the pads at the local parts store. Maybe Passat. Not sure. The 08 beetle calipers are much better than the empi calipers. The empis were thin and were flexing which caused the outer pad to not make up fully with the disc and was causing much noise and vibration. Next i’m going to add wildwood calipers to the front. I have the brackets orderd now. I’ll have a video up on youtube soon on the brake conversion. Ringo774. Thanks for the reply. Later

    • Yeah, I’ve read that before, the empi calipers aren’t very good apparently.
      And that’s the exact reason I used the Golf calipers too. Now I can get brakepads from the local parts store.
      I will check out your youtube channel!

  3. Hello Gerrelt,
    Thanks for this site, it is very useful. After reading it, I am doing the same rear disc brake conversion. I have one question: the Passat caliper brackets are from what YEAR of Passat? I ask because in the US, the Passat B3 was from 1988-1996, but I believe in Europe they used “Typ 3B” for 1998-2006. So it is very confusing: 3B or B3. If you know the year of the Passat the brackets came off, that would help me greatly. Thanks! -Matt in Virginia

  4. Perfect, thank you. I was working from the same (confusing) Wikipedia page. May I ask, how do you like the brake performance with this setup? And what brakes do you have in the front? My plan is to put Wilwood 4-piston calipers in front. My pedal assembly has separate master cylinders for front and rear,so I should be able to balance the front/rear brake bias by sizing the master cylinders correctly. -Matt

    • I really like this setup. I’ve got a firm pedal and good braking performance.
      In the front I have the standard VW beetle disk brakes and calipers, and I am using a standard (19mm, if I remember correctly) super beetle master cylinder.

  5. Hi,
    I own a VW 1600 beetle and plan on upgrading the rear brakes to discs. The difference is that it uses a 5 hole hub instead of 4. Any ideas as to what brake disc would suit it? Thanks in advance

    • Which 5 holel hub do you have? Is it the standard VW 5×205 pattern, or the Porsche 5×130 pattern?
      If you have the last one, you could try the 914-6 rear disk brakes. The 6 cylinder model of the 914 used a 5 lug pattern.
      If you have the first one, the VW one, then I don’t know. I believe they do sell drum brakes with Porsche pattern. You could use those to have them machined into hubs.
      In both cases, I don’t know what effect it has on the spacing for the caliper. I don’t know if the offset for the disk will be different then my situation.
      Maybe you could aks Sharpbuilt?

  6. Hi, I love your work on the rear brakes using golf parts, I’ll be doing the same. I’m wondering do I have to use the Australian shark caliper carriers or is there an English crowd selling them, thanks in advance

    • Hi Broz,

      Thank you for the kind words!
      Sorry, I don’t now of any UK compagnies selling these adapters.


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