Join Date: Sep 1999
Location: Dalton, Georgia
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4 wheel disc & master cylinder ?\'s
After some stupid wheelin' which tore off one of my caddy rear calipers, I thought I would scrounge around to fix the problem. I came up with new calipers (long story-NOS) off of an 83 Monte Carlo (the fronts) to bolt back into place of my caddys. A guy wanted my caddy rears and was willing to pay for them in trade and cash - the trashed one needed rebuilding too!
Anyway I ended up with bigger pistoned brakes for the rear. After hooking it all up, the pedal feel sucked even worse than with the caddy calipers - (bigger pistons - more fluid). S I decided it was time for a new master cylinder.
I did some research here and on the web and talked to a few guys on the trail and decided to buy a master cylinder from Master Power Brakes and plumb in an adjustable proportioning valve (I removed the factory combination valve). Did it...bled it and the brakes work OK. I have better 4-wheel stopping power but it takes some effort to hold the pedal.
So I see an ad in JP over the weekend advertising a Master Power brakes master cylinder and booster combo for a YJ. I call and ask why the salesman did not recommend that setup for my rig and the guy said what I have should be adequate. I said that it requires too much effort to stop it in low range and he said well it stops it. I bitched and he said sorry that not all of the sales people are aware of all the products they sell.
So am I screwed unless I start over again? I am on on shakey ground here - I called the "experts" because brakes are a little out of my understanding when it comes to bore and stroke and pedal gate, etc. Somebody give me some advice before I push my junk over a cliff!