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post #1 of 16 Old 05-02-2010, 04:46 PM Thread Starter
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Power brake question

I need power brakes. I read several post on it, but I want a concrete answer from someone thats done it. Got an 85 CJ7 and I want to go with the most reliable setup. Please advise.

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post #2 of 16 Old 05-02-2010, 06:41 PM
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post #3 of 16 Old 05-02-2010, 06:49 PM
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How much you want to spend?
How much work do you want to do?
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If your tires are 35s or smaller, a duel diaphram booster and a bigger m/c will work well, it's what I did. I got the Navaho unit from Off Again 4 Wheel Drive. The duel diaphram unit from Vanco is similar; either is excellent. They come ready to bolt in, with all brackets attached and run about $400.

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$400 ain't bad. I will look into it. Thanks. I like that it bolts up and its clean to start with.
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$400 ain't bad. I will look into it. Thanks. I like that it bolts up and its clean to start with.
The Vanco setup is nice, but you can probably do the 1995 YJ dual diaphragm setup twice over for that much.

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where are you finding that vanco hydroboost for $400 because their webiste has it at $840 with lines and master cyl.

My cj has manual brakes. At this point i'd be happy just to have vacume assist as i'm not running that big of a tire. Suppose i'll just find a CJ setup and use a firebird master for rear disks, or is there a better booster design available?

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The Vanco setup is nice (they also have regular vacuum setups in single and dual diaphragm), but you can probably do the 1995 YJ dual diaphragm setup twice over for that much.
I would never sell a single diaphragm for a CJ, that would just be evil. I only sell dual. The 1995 YJ Dual set up is as good as any dual set up if you install it right, can also be a ton cheaper.

Vacuum dual diaphragm kits sell for 425.00.
Hydroboost kits (enitre kits, hydroboost, master all the lines and fittings) run 680.00 on my site.

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I did a YJ booster on my 79 CJ5. Its only a single but it will lock up my 33's. I'm happy with it. 2 hours to install and $35 off of ebay.
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where are you finding that vanco hydroboost for $400 because their webiste has it at $840 with lines and master cyl.

My cj has manual brakes. At this point i'd be happy just to have vacume assist as i'm not running that big of a tire. Suppose i'll just find a CJ setup and use a firebird master for rear disks, or is there a better booster design available?
The $400 (approx) I quoted is for a duel diaphram set-up like I used. I don't know about hydro-boost systems. Since Van has joined in on here, I'm sure he can answer any questions....also a big benefit of using him is that he is on here.

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I would never sell a single diaphragm for a CJ, that would just be evil. I only sell dual. The 1995 YJ Dual set up is as good as any dual set up if you install it right, can also be a ton cheaper.

Vacuum dual diaphragm kits sell for 425.00.
Hydroboost kits (enitre kits, hydroboost, master all the lines and fittings) run 680.00 on my site.

Are you saying the YJ setup is as good as your booster setup? I don't want you to shoot yourself in the foot here, but I was under the impression that the vanco setup addressed some alignment problems with the pedal and push rod?

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I ordered the Vanco this am for 840.00....go big or go home!
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Less then a day after the OP and one of the vendors that was being talked about not only chimed in and corrected a mispost, but also gave you a quote.

Thats the #1 reason i went with Van.....

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I went with Van's hydroboost myself. Great service from them when I called with a problem they were a big help in getting me fixed up.
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I have several '95 YJ Dual diaphragm MC/ booster/ proportioning valve set-ups for sale, if anyone's interested.

They are $160.00, shipped to any lower 48 states.

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