post #1 of Old 07-25-2006, 05:16 PM Thread Starter
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Need help with replacement brake pads and rotors

I need to do a brake job on my rig and was wondering if anyone had any advice - need replacement brake pads and rotors. OEM worked well but they are pricey. Are there any aftermarket ones that provide equal or better performance like semi-metallic, carbon, ceramic?

I have had problems in the past with some "semi-metallic" aftermarket pads and I would like to avoid performance issues. The jeep is a 2003 TJ.

Any advice for a novice?

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post #2 of Old 07-25-2006, 05:19 PM
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I think Jerry recommended a brand of pad to use...can't remember which it was....anyone....anyone?????

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I've heard Hawk Pads and powerslot rotors are good. Don't know if you'd want a slotted rotor on an offroad vehicle though.
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I've heard Hawk Pads and powerslot rotors are good. Don't know if you'd want a slotted rotor on an offroad vehicle though.

I wouldn't think you would want to put slotted rotors on a TJ unless you are only going to drive on pavement.

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There is a factory technical service bulliton out on the brake compound on TJ's. See if you can talk your local repair shop out of a copy of it.
Having owned a automotive service center for 25 years now, I would only put factory brake parts on your Jeep.
We have tried various aftermarket pads and they just will not work as well.
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Best advice I can give you is to make sure you get the correct rotors. Take the old rotor in and make sure it's exactly the same size as the new one. They changed them and there's about 1/8 inch difference, but the computers aren't always right either. For example, my 2001 uses 2000 model rotors and the "correct" 01 rotors won't work (musta had some leftover 00 axles when they made mine). I like Performance Friction pads and I think that's what Jerry recommends too, or maybe it's someone else.
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There is a factory technical service bulliton out on the brake compound on TJ's. See if you can talk your local repair shop out of a copy of it.
Having owned a automotive service center for 25 years now, I would only put factory brake parts on your Jeep.
We have tried various aftermarket pads and they just will not work as well.
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I wouldn't think you would want to put slotted rotors on a TJ unless you are only going to drive on pavement.
Slotted are fine

You might have troubles with cross drilled ones (getting mud in them) on an offroad vehicle though. But even then I doubt it.

I'd recommend some Powerstop (about 50 a rotor) or some Powerslot ($189ish for both front rotors) slotted rotors for the front if you just want to upgrade the rotors.

Hawk or Performance Fricton Carbon Metallic pads would compliment these nicely.

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I think Jerry recommended a brand of pad to use...can't remember which it was....anyone....anyone?????
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x2 on making sure you get the right rotors, i had the same problem, 1/8 of an inch difference
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post #11 of Old 07-26-2006, 12:45 AM
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Aren't you guys following the Big Brakes thread?

http://www.jeepforum.com/forum/showt...ghlight=brakes

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http://www.clavicle3.com

http://www.jeepwest.com
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