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Unread 12-11-2013, 09:50 AM   #1
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cj7 brakebooster

hi i bought a 1986 cj7 with the 4.2 in it on Saturday (my first vehicle) im starting to go through it and im wondering how crucial it is to have a brakebooster on it any info will be much appreciated

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Unread 12-11-2013, 10:35 AM   #2
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If your running stockish(up to 31/32) size tires and you don't have any problem stopping it now I would not worry.
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Unread 12-11-2013, 11:00 AM   #3
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Are you asking if you should upgrade from manual brakes to power brakes? Or are you talking about removing an existing power booster?
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Unread 12-11-2013, 11:44 AM   #4
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If you're asking if you need power brakes, that's up to you. It's YOUR Jeep.

I don't have them, or power steering either. My Jeep has 31" BFG Mud Terrains on it and I don't feel the need for them. I also trail a lot and want my Jeep as simple as I can stand it; if it's not there- it can't breakdown.
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Unread 12-11-2013, 06:42 PM   #5
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it currently does not have a brake booster on it and im going through every thing on it now and just felt like i wanted yalls opinion on it
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Unread 12-11-2013, 07:10 PM   #6
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Post some pics, let us have a look!!!!

Welcome to the Forum, lots of wrong information we can give you, just ask.
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Unread 12-11-2013, 07:30 PM   #7
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she needs some work but couldnt pass the price
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Unread 12-14-2013, 11:15 PM   #8
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Good looking jeep. Extra braking power is always a good thing.
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Unread 12-23-2013, 03:56 PM   #9
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I run 31's with manual brakes and its fine. The jeep also had manual steering when I got it... power steering was one of the first changes I made.. LOL
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Unread 12-23-2013, 04:09 PM   #10
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As I understand it, a booster doesn't give you any more stopping power. It just makes the pedal easier to push.

I run 32"s with no booster, and can lock up all 4 tires without too much effort.

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Unread 12-23-2013, 05:04 PM   #11
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I used to run 35's with manual brakes and it stopped Fine. Once i started wheeling it a lot, and using the brakes more, i went power.

I think i have a TJ (maybe YJ)setup, and resting my foot on the pedal is all it takes now to whoa it down. Much, much less tiring.

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Unread 12-23-2013, 06:05 PM   #12
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Manual and I can lock mine up but my previous vehicle was a 67 Mustang with drums all around and a V8 so a 258 w/ front discs was a step up even if they are still manual


But if you offroad a lot it can be pretty tiring. On steep descents sometimes I'm practically standing on the brakes.
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Unread 12-28-2013, 05:16 PM   #13
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Can manual brakes on a '83 CJ7 be upgraded without going to power ?
Better master cylinder, calipers, rotors... etc ?
If so what should I look for ?
All my part searches only come up with replacing stock parts or adding a power booster.
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Unread 12-28-2013, 05:32 PM   #14
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Can manual brakes on a '83 CJ7 be upgraded without going to power ?
Better master cylinder, calipers, rotors... etc ?
If so what should I look for ?
All my part searches only come up with replacing stock parts or adding a power booster.
Sounds like you may wanna talk to "The Jeep Guy".
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Unread 12-30-2013, 09:18 AM   #15
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Thanx. Great Site. I'm going to order some stuff in the spring.
In the meantime, I replaced my leaking Master Cylinder yesterday and the brakes feel better.
I still think they could be stronger.
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