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LS1CJ5 03-15-2002 02:28 PM

Better Brakes ??
 
Has anybody found a good path to improved front brakes? I was thinking someone has had to do this before. Any ideas? My LS1 needs to stop a little better.
Thanks
Larry

4wheeler4CJ 03-15-2002 03:47 PM

If they are drums right now, simply going to disc will make a big difference.

If they are already disc, there are a few options:

1) If you have a lift, you can get the stainless braided hoses, they have a smaller inner hose diameter, making the brakes more responsive (they are longer than stock, so no good if you have no suspension lift, and also available for the rear hose).

2) You can get high-performance rotors, with grooves in them, they provide quicker stopping power and better heat dissipation, they even have them in Stainless Steel.

3) If your master cylinder is manual, you can look into switching over to a power brake setup, buying the booster and everything else for the conversion.

4) You can buy the rear disc conversion kit, switching the rear drums to disc (pricey, and personally, my last option I would ever use, since rear brakes only supply 20% to 25% of your braking on average, I would put more money into front brakes or the power conversion).

jeepdaddy2000 03-15-2002 08:14 PM

What year is your Jeep and What brake size/setup are you running now?

Bulletproofcj7 03-16-2002 11:06 AM

I agree with 4wheeler,thats a good plan,another thing to think about is that rear drums suck in reverse! whereas a disk brake works equaly as well. Good for wheeling when you just cant quite make it to the top of that hill climb and need to back down slowly.
just my .2cents worth
Oh and just FYI, they do make DOT approved stainless steel brake lines.

LS1CJ5 03-18-2002 01:14 PM

Thanks everybody. I'll do options 1,2,3 and 4 if I budget just right. It's an 1979 with a Dana 44 from an 86 in the back. The front will be updated to wide track soon.


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