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Unread 08-01-2014, 08:08 PM   #1
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weak brakes

So in my 93 xj my brakes are very bad and barely stop me. Im running 35s right now and didnt know if they would just need upgraded a bit or if theres a problem somewhere? I recently changed the brakes all around and put a new wheel cylinder in the rear and have bled the brakes multiple times. What else could it be? And what things would be best to check first?

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Unread 08-01-2014, 09:57 PM   #2
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Did you adjust the drum brakes with a brake spoon (or screwdriver[s])?? The star wheel on the adjuster needs to be adjusted all the way out until the wheel will just barely turn...and then backed off a turn or two.
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Unread 08-01-2014, 09:59 PM   #3
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Pedal go to floor? Do they get hot after a hard stop? Could be anything from bad master cylinder or booster to bad brake pads or needing to upgrade. Give more info about what it does
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Unread 08-01-2014, 10:02 PM   #4
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if i put the brake to the floor it barely stops me and if i ride them for very long at all like crawling down a hill or anything they get hot and barely work at all then. Doesnt take long at all for them to get hot.
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Unread 08-01-2014, 10:21 PM   #5
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If goes to floor could be master cylinder, make sure rear brakes are adjusted as well
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Unread 08-02-2014, 07:41 AM   #6
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With stock brakes and 35's, you should expect poor brake performance. You need top quality high performance brake pads and rotors, or a brake upgrade such as a WJ Grand Cherokee front disk brake swap, or rear disk brakes.

Google Black Magic brakes, and EBC brake pads.
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Do the WJ booster upgrade and makes sure your rear shoes are adjusted properly.

The brake pads Tim recommends are great also.

The booster upgrade is HUGE.
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Unread 08-02-2014, 10:06 PM   #8
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Should expect this with 35's and stock brakes although it does seem you have a weak point somewhere. Even so if you want to upgrade your brakes I suggest the WJ knuckle swap for better steering and brakes. Along with that ZJ or KJ rear disk swap. My buddy is capable to lock up his 35's and able to stop on a dime with that set up.
But to start out with I would check your booster and master cylinder. If they check out then I would seriously recommend you look into the WJ swap.
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