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Unread 04-27-2011, 07:13 PM   #1
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Quick brake question

Hi guys I have a wj and fear that I may have to do the akebono calipers soon. What I would like to know is that for all the guys who had teves and swapped for akebono did all your problems go away?? Including warped or heated rotors? Just want to be sure before I fork out the money? Thanks!

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Unread 04-27-2011, 07:19 PM   #2
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I can't answer about the results as I just ordered my parts, but send Kolak a PM. He has been running a special on Stillen pads and rotors and he can get you the Akebono kit.
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Unread 04-27-2011, 07:35 PM   #3
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fitted akebono kit and new rotors 1 month ago
so far no problems

see http://www.wjjeeps.com/brakes.htm for info.
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Unread 04-28-2011, 06:18 AM   #4
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Yes, they are also easier to service. You won't notice a lot of extra braking, but it does seem to help against over heating. Can't say for certain it works, but another thing I like to do on longer drives or hard breaking is to stop a little short at a light, and creep forward a little so the pads aren't locked on one spot long making a hot spot on the rotor.
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Unread 04-30-2011, 06:14 AM   #5
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how do i know if i have the akebonos or not?
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Unread 04-30-2011, 07:15 AM   #6
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Teves will have the external wire spring like the rear.
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Unread 04-30-2011, 07:20 AM   #7
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I have a 99 and I have never had any problems with my front brakes warping rotors or even eatting brake pads! I just put on new rotors and pads this last set off and it was 4 years on the old ones. I don't know maybe I got lucky.
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Unread 04-30-2011, 11:29 AM   #8
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Here is a picture of the two side by side. The Akebono is on the left.

@show: And it seems like it's hit or miss issue, some people have issues with them and some never do. If you bought it used it could have been done under warranty before you purchased it.
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Unread 04-30-2011, 12:34 PM   #9
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Did the Akebono's in Feb '10. Resurfaced the old rotors when I did it. Over 1 year & still no problems. Before with the Teves, I would have warping within a couple months after new brakes & rotors.
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Unread 04-30-2011, 01:30 PM   #10
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The Teves calipers are overly flexible even when new. Notice the big stiffening bar on the silver Akebono calipers. This keeps the calipers from twisting, resulting in better pad contact during braking. The Teves calipers get worse as they age and the caliper slides get in a bind. The result is rotor hot-spotting and pedal pulsation due to the thickness variation the develops in the rotors.
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Unread 04-30-2011, 05:48 PM   #11
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The Teves calipers are overly flexible even when new. Notice the big stiffening bar on the silver Akebono calipers. This keeps the calipers from twisting, resulting in better pad contact during braking. The Teves calipers get worse as they age and the caliper slides get in a bind. The result is rotor hot-spotting and pedal pulsation due to the thickness variation the develops in the rotors.
This is good to know! I will keep an eye on mine and upgrade when I need to. Thanks for the info.
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