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Unread 10-06-2013, 08:23 AM   #26026
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She be rolling...test drive in the am ! That was hell of a lot of work !












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Unread 10-06-2013, 09:12 AM   #26027
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What is this peice called? Basically, it's what the caliper bolts to.
Its a caliper mounting bracket
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Unread 10-06-2013, 09:32 AM   #26028
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Its a caliper mounting bracket
On ZJs, the front caliper brackets are part of the steering knuckle (as are the pad slides).
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Unread 10-06-2013, 09:55 AM   #26029
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Unread 10-06-2013, 11:05 AM   #26030
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On ZJs, the front caliper brackets are part of the steering knuckle (as are the pad slides).
So in order to replace the bracket, ill need to replace the entire knuckle?
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Unread 10-06-2013, 11:11 AM   #26031
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On ZJs, the front caliper brackets are part of the steering knuckle (as are the pad slides).
I haven't messed with the brakes on mine yet so I wasn't sure how it was set up. The way he worded it made it sound like the caliper mounted to a separate bracket. Wasn't trying to give out false info
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Unread 10-06-2013, 12:03 PM   #26032
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Hell of a day! A thought to be free brake replacement job done by myself turned into an $80 dollar job.

I'm now boycotting O'reilly. 3 years ago I bought brake pads from them with a lifetime warranty, they stopped producing those brakes and they wouldn't replace them for me or upgrade me even after I offered to pay the difference as long as the warranty transferred. The sales associate seemed to have no idea how to handle customer problems or take some initiative in the situation. So, I went ahead and bought new pads at Autozone then tried to get my front rotors turned which resulted in me buying new front rotors.

Also, I found out that my front drivers side caliper bolt is missing, turns out that the bracket that holds the caliper has stripped threads in the bottom hole. What is this peice called? Basically, it's what the caliper bolts to.




Quick FYI, the "lifetime warranty" brake pads are a limited lifetime warranty, and they are not warranted against wearout, they are warranted against defects, wearout is a normal course of action, they are going to do it. Now, if the friction material separated from the backer, that would be a defect. All parts houses use the same wording on their brake pads, and in my experience I have never found a parts company that offers a true lifetime warranty. Sometimes a company may replace them once, that's where the limited part comes in, you may get one set, but that's it. I have cracked down on these so called replacements at my store because people were just abusing it, no more free replacements, no more replacements because they are squeaking(that's an installer issue) no more replacing because 1 pad wore down to nothing and the others all look good(that's an issue with a caliper) etc etc.
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Unread 10-06-2013, 12:39 PM   #26033
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I haven't messed with the brakes on mine yet so I wasn't sure how it was set up. The way he worded it made it sound like the caliper mounted to a separate bracket. Wasn't trying to give out false info
The caliper mounts to the knuckle. The exact same caliper bolt was missing in mine. I went the cheap route and got a slightly longer caliper bolt with a nut to secure it. Put a little lock-tite on it. You can also get a kit from black magic to repair it or get a new knuckle.

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Unread 10-06-2013, 01:13 PM   #26034
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Quick FYI, the "lifetime warranty" brake pads are a limited lifetime warranty, and they are not warranted against wearout, they are warranted against defects, wearout is a normal course of action, they are going to do it. Now, if the friction material separated from the backer, that would be a defect. All parts houses use the same wording on their brake pads, and in my experience I have never found a parts company that offers a true lifetime warranty. Sometimes a company may replace them once, that's where the limited part comes in, you may get one set, but that's it. I have cracked down on these so called replacements at my store because people were just abusing it, no more free replacements, no more replacements because they are squeaking(that's an installer issue) no more replacing because 1 pad wore down to nothing and the others all look good(that's an issue with a caliper) etc etc.
Well, I went to Autozone and inquired about the "Limited Lifetime Warranty" as I purchased new pads. They told me that they will cover replacement pads for the life of the vehicle as long as I own the vehicle. So I guess they've got a new customer. O'Reilly even seemed willing to replace the pads, if they still produced them. Although they didn't which was the problem.

Thanks WKBear, I may go that route. I've not dealt a whole lot with brake systems. I'll look into a longer bolt and hopefully that will remedy the situation temporarily. I have a couple junkyards close by, so I may try to find a replacement part from there as well.

How long has yours held?
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Unread 10-06-2013, 01:46 PM   #26035
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I've spent way too much money this weekend. Lol. Just went and bought front brake pads and rotors. Hopefully I can get to it today.
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Unread 10-06-2013, 03:00 PM   #26036
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Is there a guide for rigging up the fuel pump to run straight from a switch? I'm sick of cycling the key 4 or 5 times before starting to build up pressure. lol
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Unread 10-06-2013, 03:08 PM   #26037
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Its a bb kit and shocks...what instructions are there? Ok I guess some would be helpful, but still. Be prepared the rear ones won't stay on til u put the spring on and it has pressure. Hole is too big for the post. Hope you got post extensions if you're wheeling.
If he don't disco the rear sway bar he shouldn't loose a spring, I've had no prob.
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Mine stayed on when I put the factory isolators on after the spacer.
Mine were actually really tight. They wouldn't go on all the way till I had the spring going in to press it all the way, gonna have to cut them out when a real lift goes on......sometime.
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Unread 10-06-2013, 03:11 PM   #26038
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Wrapped up the lift today. It handles like crap but looks good!
I'm pretty sure I am going to need front and rear upper adjustable arms. I have too little castor and a poor pinion angle (she vibes a little).
On a plus note, I have NO bump steer. I made my own dropped track bar bracket for the front and a dropped pitman arm. I say overall it rides like normal, I was concerned with the diameter of the rear shocks (no idea what they were meant for, just fit my needs size wise).
The 31-10.50 tires were what came on it when I bought it. They are miss matched.


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Unread 10-06-2013, 04:11 PM   #26039
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Well, I went to Autozone and inquired about the "Limited Lifetime Warranty" as I purchased new pads. They told me that they will cover replacement pads for the life of the vehicle as long as I own the vehicle. So I guess they've got a new customer. O'Reilly even seemed willing to replace the pads, if they still produced them. Although they didn't which was the problem.

Thanks WKBear, I may go that route. I've not dealt a whole lot with brake systems. I'll look into a longer bolt and hopefully that will remedy the situation temporarily. I have a couple junkyards close by, so I may try to find a replacement part from there as well.

How long has yours held?
It's only been a couple months since I put it on, but so far so good. Hasn't loosened up. I used blue lock-tite, though red may work better. I don't have the part number that I used, but I took the other caliper bolt to advance auto to match it up. Only needs to be 1/8" to 1/4" longer. If I had the money I would have just got a knuckle. No jy's around here.

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Unread 10-06-2013, 04:32 PM   #26040
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Ok so i know a ZJ is not a good tow rig. I know. I have a V8 with plenty of power. Im going to buy a car hauler with brakes.

Now has anyone put a brake controller in their zj? I know you would have to up grade from a 4 to 7 pin plug, but anyone know of a good write up or actually done it?
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