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#1 User is offline   BigRed98 

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Posted 06 October 2011 - 10:03 AM

So I've locked up my brakes too many times and witnessed too many peoples life flash before them in their rear view mirror. I upgraded my tj tires to 33 to 35 and have not done any upgrades to my brakes. I was wondering if something as little as upgrading the brake pads would do help. College student with a low budget. Let me know what yall have done. Thanks for the help!
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Posted 06 October 2011 - 10:20 AM

Your calipers are locking up. Are you in water or mud often? If so, clean them and check for cracks in seals, etc.

When you test if they lock up, hit them with the trusty hammer to see if they come lose. If it is the calipers head over to the auto parts and buy new ones. :ya:
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Posted 06 October 2011 - 07:50 PM

rear disc break conversion, you have to increase your stopping power.
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Posted 18 November 2011 - 07:23 PM

I just recently did a full brake swap with drums,pads, calipers all oem parts. There wasn't much of a difference, im running 35s and I was wondering if there was anything that would be a cheaper fix than a disc break conversion.
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Posted 19 November 2011 - 11:52 AM

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Posted 19 November 2011 - 07:32 PM

Dual diaphragm brake booster, or 3/4 or 1 ton truck booster/master cylinder (U-PICK-IT), or get a master cylinder with a different size bore... larger will shorten stroke of pedal but make pedal 'harder'(YOU need to apply more pressure for same brake effect) smaller bore will increase pedal stroke (lenght it travels) but will take less effort on your part, or Hydroboost Brakes.. more expensive, best stopping power.. my current UPGRADE. :scratch: :scratch: :biggrin1: I'm going with a Hydroboost set up from an Astro Van.. U-PICK-IT, to save $$$.
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Posted 20 November 2011 - 07:36 AM

you can also u-pick a rear disc conversion of some grandcherokees not sure which ones. just make sure you get all the parts you need including the e-brake cables
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Posted 21 November 2011 - 05:25 PM

I did powerstop front pads and rotors and steel braided brake lines. Old rubber hoses couldn't handle the pressure and would seize the caliper when stopping my 35's. The rotors and pads made a pretty big difference compared to the old glazed rotors and worn pads.
The set of pads and rotors were $190 but they are on sale right now at 4wp for $169.17.
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Posted 09 January 2012 - 10:44 AM

Yeah I was wondering if the brake lines would make a difference. Cause I do have the same setup as you. Just my brake lines look old and useless. Thanks
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Posted 11 January 2012 - 09:23 AM

agreed pads and lines make a huge difference... the 'black magic' pads are supposed to be the bomb! I have the greens on my TJ and they make a big difference... as for rear disc, the fronts do almost 90% of your stopping... but of course discs do better in the dirt and muck... JMO
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Posted 11 January 2012 - 01:49 PM

I once had a brake line burst on me and fortunatly I was only going about 20 mph. I rearended the stopped car in front of me and did much damage.
If anyone has an older jeep and/or your brake lines are cracked or worn in any way, replace them and spend a few extra dollars and up grade them. Don't wait till it's too late.

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