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Unread 05-12-2005, 02:16 PM   #1
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Brake install How-To Write up??

Time to do the brakes.. and seeing that its like 200 to do at a shop... i am goin to do it myself.. ive done discs before.. and for the 200 i think i will just buy a 55 buck high lift jack.. and the pads and do it myself.. i did a search and couldnt find a write up.. anyone know a good site?? also how hard is it to do the drums.. should i have a shop do the rear?

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Unread 05-12-2005, 02:29 PM   #2
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imho, skip the hilift and get some jackstands and a Haynes manual instead. If you don't do this too often use the clunky bottle jack that came with the jeep or purchase a low price hydraulic.

The drums aren't as fun/easy as disc brakes but can certainly be done with common hand tools and would also be covered in the Haynes manual.
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x2 on not using the hi-lift.
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Unread 05-12-2005, 02:38 PM   #4
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x3 don't use the hilift to do your brakes

As far as drum brakes go jack up both rear tires. Take off both drums, do one side at a time and use the other side as a reference. It helps to have a brake tool to remove the spring clips holding the shoes on. After you install the new pads adjust the adjuster so there is slight drag and back it off about a turn.

Oh yeah when you go to take the drums off make sure your parking brake is off. I forgot this once on my 4runner and couldn't figure out why the damn things wouldn't come off.
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Unless you plan to do some EXTREME rock crawling, I'd use the money to pick up a decent floor jack. I can't imagine not owning a floor jack now that I've had one for 15 years. I own a hi-lift jack too, but have never used it with my jeep.
Most importantly, do not breathe the dust from the brakes. Use a brake cleaner that will wet down and remove the dust. I've never owned a brake tool to remove springs etc. and have done many brake jobs. I probably don't know what I'm missing without one, but it can sure be done. Digital camera comes in handy when you are taking the back brakes off. If not, jack stand it up and do like the guy above said about copying the left and right with each other. Remember, they will be oposites of each other.
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Unread 05-12-2005, 03:32 PM   #6
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Originally Posted by bam9382
Time to do the brakes.. and seeing that its like 200 to do at a shop... i am goin to do it myself.. ive done discs before.. and for the 200 i think i will just buy a 55 buck high lift jack.. and the pads and do it myself.. i did a search and couldnt find a write up.. anyone know a good site?? also how hard is it to do the drums.. should i have a shop do the rear?
To do the fronts this is all you need:
http://www.jeepsareus.com/Merchant2/...ode=7941903638

I changed both sides out in about 40 minutes.

I haven't found a write up for the TJ brakes. But it was nearly the same process as for my Maxima and I'm sure as many other vehicles. Check out this site under "Brakes" http://www.motorvate.ca/mvp.php/300
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Unread 05-12-2005, 04:45 PM   #7
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Here are two writeups for the fronts:

http://www.stu-offroad.com/index.shtml
http://www.4x4xplor.com/disc-brakes.html

...and this for the rears (for an XJ, but should be the same)

http://jeepin.com/features/drums/index.asp

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Time to do the brakes.. and seeing that its like 200 to do at a shop... i am goin to do it myself.. ive done discs before.. and for the 200 i think i will just buy a 55 buck high lift jack.. and the pads and do it myself.. i did a search and couldnt find a write up.. anyone know a good site?? also how hard is it to do the drums.. should i have a shop do the rear?
Jesus Christ! Don't use a Hi-Lift to do your brakes! Hope you read this before you have killed yourself!
Standard jack and jack stands would be just fine for this. Please please please please don't use the hi-lift for that. Only use it for extreme emergencies on the trail when nothing else will work!
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Unread 05-13-2005, 09:43 AM   #9
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Here are two writeups for the fronts:

http://www.stu-offroad.com/index.shtml
http://www.4x4xplor.com/disc-brakes.html

...and this for the rears (for an XJ, but should be the same)

http://jeepin.com/features/drums/index.asp

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Damn, I always forget about those sites. Good info!
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