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New Wikipedia has a list of advantages.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Drum_brake#Advantages

Physical complexity is one of the Disadvantages. However, that they work better for parking brakes over discs is a big Advantage.

Wade.
Expand Edited by static Jan. 22, 2018, 04:13:05 AM EST
New Wikipedia constantly amazes me
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Drew
     Brand badges don't mean much these days. - (Another Scott) - (27)
         I dont shop cars by brand anymore - (boxley) - (6)
             My list - (drook) - (5)
                 Ulp.. - (Ashton) - (3)
                     I haven't paid much attention. - (Another Scott) - (1)
                         I had a Pontiac Grand Prix once ... - (drook)
                     I'll look into that, thanks for the tip - (drook)
                 Re: My list - (pwhysall)
         Been happening for a long time. - (static) - (1)
             VW: From MAN and Scania via Bugatti, Bentley, Lamborghini, Porsche, Audi down to VW, SEAT and Skoda. -NT - (CRConrad)
         Yabut.. at least TTAC lends gravitas to the unravelling, eh? :-รพ - (Ashton) - (11)
             Nice. - (Another Scott) - (10)
                 re "rear drums", as seems to come up in auto-porn, often - (Ashton) - (9)
                     I know about the long-gone "joys" of brake jobs, too! - (Another Scott) - (8)
                         Having done 4-wheel drums, and 3 disks (two front, one rear) on a bike ... - (drook) - (2)
                             Wikipedia has a list of advantages. - (static) - (1)
                                 Wikipedia constantly amazes me -NT - (drook)
                         As to mfg. 'strategies': - (Ashton) - (4)
                             I didn't realize until recently that the front brakes do much more work. - (static) - (1)
                                 Oh yess.. - (Ashton)
                             Engineered to not lock the wheels - (scoenye)
                             Possible handling advantages are probably secondary... - (CRConrad)
         That's nothing. Behold the Aston-Martin Cygnet: - (CRConrad) - (5)
             I've seen one of those in real life, parked in our neighborhood. - (Another Scott)
             Wonder what Q branch could do with one of those?... -NT - (scoenye)
             That was mad as a box of frogs. - (pwhysall)
             Now see the [only..] one with a V-8 - (Ashton) - (1)
                 Guess that answers my Q branch question - (scoenye)

He said, "Listen, shrimp. Don't you come trolling around here." What a crab. This guy was steamed. I could see the anchor in his eyes.
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