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    It is time to address the brakes. I have replaced the front lines. I will likely do a disc upgrade out back as well as swap out the lines next summer (I put new shoes on not too long ago and figure the drums will make it another winter).

    My front calipers are just a bit worse for wear. They are rusty and the pistons have seen better days.

    I was thinking that many of the rear upgrade kits come with nice calipers, slotted/drilled rotors, why would I put the same crappy calipers on the front? However, after some searching I cannot seem to come up with matching front calipers...or even any decent performance front calipers at all....

    Am i just fooling myself? should I just put the stock replacements on and just upgrade rotors and pads?

    Have any of you upgraded your front discs to better calipers? Any suggestions?

    Also, should I be addressing the master cylinder and brake booster at this point as well?

    I would like to get these swapped out before the snow flies! Thanks in advance for the help.

  • #2
    Originally posted by priestsjeep View Post
    Should I just put the stock replacements on and just upgrade rotors and pads?

    Upgrade the rear to discs when you upgrade the rear axle. I'm assuming it's still stock. On 31's, your stock brakes should be plenty of braking for normal use if they are in good working order.

    If you just like throwing money at your jeep, check into a Vanco Big Brake Kit.


    • #3
      to be honest, out of all of the vehicles i threw a large set of tires on, my tj handles them best with stock brakes. i was daily driving it with 33's and i didnt notice much of a difference in the brake performance over the stock tire size, and that icludes higher speed braking. i always encourage someone to upgrade to calipers and rotors over drums, mainly for their simplicity and non-rusted parts, but as far as the front, the tj has a more than compensating stock brake system for tires atleast up to 33"


      • #4
        okay...thanks for the info; I will simply freshen up the front (calipers, rotors, and pads) and wait to upgrade the rear until I have issue out back.

        any suggestions on rotors and pads?


        • #5
          ive been fortunate with simple lifetime guarantee pads and stock rotors. the only brake system upgrade i would recommend (besides maybe junking the rear drums depending on your tires size) is stainless extended brake lines, and thats if your planning on lifting your jeep and disconnecting the sway bar links. and if you go that route, the russel lines are top notch, direct replacement with a rubber covering and everything for just a little more money than the goodridge, in which you have to modify the goodridge a little to make them fit right


          • #6
            thanks again...

            going to get some stock replacement calipers....looking at the powerstop kit (with the discounts it is the same price as stock replacement pads and rotors)...

            anyone have an opinion on the B&W, Omix-Aida, or Crown calipers?


            • #7
              I don't mean to butt in on this thread but I am also in this same situation. My other question to add to this is regarding the cross drilled and slotted rotors.

              Is there an issue with mud caking up the holes and slots?


              • #8
                Originally posted by jwa1r2t3 View Post
                Is there an issue with mud caking up the holes and slots?