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Unread 10-17-2013, 07:14 AM   #1
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Brake Caliper Bracket issue

front rotors getting grooves worn in - a friend/mechanic says I need new caliper brackets but 95 GC has one piece unit, bracket (where caliper attaches) is not removable

is there a replacement part? cant seem to find it listed anywhere or is there a fix?

I got entire wheel hub assembly from junk yard but its worse than mine

anyone have similar issues ?

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Unread 10-17-2013, 07:57 AM   #2
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I and others just weld in the holes/grooves and grind it smooth again. I did mine without even removing anything other than the calipers.
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Unread 10-17-2013, 01:12 PM   #3
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so let me get this right, you added a weld to the knuckle? then ground it smooth again?

I have parts from junkyard where it was ground lower but im afraid this will affect the location of other brake parts

found part today at dealer for $200 plus each which doesnt make me too happy
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Unread 10-17-2013, 03:07 PM   #4
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This is what Don is talking about: http://www.jeepforum.com/forum/f9/xj...rooves-924713/
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Unread 10-17-2013, 08:15 PM   #5
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Thanks! That's exactly what I have, I will give it a go, much better than buying new parts.


One more question , Just in case , do the WJ and the XJ and ZJ have he same knuckle or are they interchangeable?
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Unread 10-18-2013, 09:03 AM   #6
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Thanks! That's exactly what I have, I will give it a go, much better than buying new parts.


One more question , Just in case , do the WJ and the XJ and ZJ have he same knuckle or are they interchangeable?
IIRC TJ, XJ and ZJ are all the same. WJ is different.
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Unread 10-19-2013, 01:14 AM   #7
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Holy .... i have the same problem
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Unread 10-19-2013, 06:44 AM   #8
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Holy .... i have the same problem
We all do. Well, maybe I shouldn't say we since I no longer run stock brakes but overall its a poor design. Every one of the knuckles develops the grooves.
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Unread 10-19-2013, 08:24 AM   #9
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This problem is likely why most newer vehicles have the stainless sheet metal 'caps' between the brake pads and hanger. I suspect the caps last longer, and they are obviously easier to replace.
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Unread 10-19-2013, 07:28 PM   #10
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I will be tackling this project in a few days, so I will post my results and try to take pictures along the way

thanks for the advice, its nice to now Im not alone !
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Unread 10-19-2013, 09:12 PM   #11
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Wonder if anybody tryd stainless caps on our calibers or if any out ther we can buy
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Unread 10-20-2013, 08:09 AM   #12
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Wonder if anybody tryd stainless caps on our calibers or if any out ther we can buy
If caps were available it is likely that mrblaine would have found them given the work he's done on jeep brakes. He fixes knuckles the same way Unlimited04's thread describes.
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Unread 10-22-2013, 07:03 PM   #13
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Ok the jobs done and the brakes are good! Took a few hours, but no problems. The top ear was warn more than the bottom so it took more filing and the right side had more grooves than the driver side (4 instead 2) . All in all I am apply with the results. Thanks for the advice and instructions. Now, how often will I have to do this? In another 10 years?
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Ok the jobs done and the brakes are good! Now, how often will I have to do this? In another 10 years?
Mine lasted a week after being welded, then I had to do it again, but I drove over 200 miles in that week, so I expected it to happen.




Yes, years, but now you know what to watch for and how to easily fix it.
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