Worked through some issues today. re installed the rears through the original proportioning valve. the drivers side was tight, to tight. Turned the rotor nice and blue after a 5 mile test drive, wasn't sticking, just rubbing. The passengers side, never even squeezed the pads to the rotor. After removing the pass side for inspection, I found the piston to be stuck in the caliper, I swapped sides to make sure I didn't have a block in the pass side line or something, and nothing would budge it.
I have never dealt with calipers that have the twist piston, so it was new to me, but I figured nothing from nothing.... I fiddled with the piston, it finally turned (with a tap from a hammer) and for lack of a more tech term, broke free.
I re installed both sides and bled the system, for the first time ever, the pass side locked up....YEA!!!! I did pull the MC off again and cut an 1/8 inch off my bolt, it moved my pedal down about an inch and it actually feels pretty decent now.
I have the best front brakes I have ever had, and in the second test drive I am satisfied with the pedal travel and the braking. The rears wont lock under a load, but they do grab and I believe as they wear they will get better.
As a whole, if you have semi-decent drums (like I did)...I would NOT recommend this upgrade, however if you are somewhat of a weekend masochist and since you own a CJ I figure most of us must be, then by all means......ATTACK!
Thanks again for all the input and words of inspiration, I am glad I had a shop at my disposal. If I had to do this in my driveway, you would be writing me letters care of the NM corrections division!
I am not going to post a thread on this, as I don't want to contribute to the headaches of any others.
You don't need a parachute to skydive... You need a parachute to skydive TWICE!!!
Up here - we go by results, when you preached, people slept. When he flew, people prayed.
It's like dads new mistress. You hate her until you see her boobs.
I bet the new bike riding monkey will pedal a lot faster!