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post #1 of (permalink) Old 01-28-2004, 12:47 AM
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Hi, first time poster here ..and new (since September) to the Jeep family ...

I have to replace the rotors and drums (and might as well replace the pads too) on my 97 TJ sport.

I'm mainly an asphault 4-wheel ...but I'm working my way down to Hollister ... next month my lift goes in - if the wife doesn't complain too much :S.

But I digress ...can you guys point me in the right direction for rotors/pads/drums? I came from the 1/4 mile racing scene (no ..I wasn't an obnoxious ricer ..I had a 91 mustang) ..so I know about the crosscut and drilled rotors and ceramic pads ... should I go that route with my TJ?

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PS I'm going to be rolling on 31 X 10.5's for a while ..if that matters.
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Re: First time poster: Need recommendation (brakes)

A little more info pleez. Maybe fill out your profile. Anyway, most people I Jeep with stick with the cheap brake pads/liners and other parts. These parts can wear excessively under 4x4 conditions, and may need attention regularly, thus the low cost. If you plan on spending your time on the highway, and you are going to put larger wheels and tires on your rig, you might check into better pads, or a larger rotor,caliper option. I don't know what's available out there. My CJ stops fine with the factory setup and 31" tires. [img]images/graemlins/grin.gif[/img]
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Welcome to the board. (and the jeep family)

You shouldn't need anything too fancy for yours. The stock brakes do a pretty fair job on their own until you start getting into the 35" and up tires.
So no need to go buy anything fancy.
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Just had my 97 Cherokee Sport XJ done for me...
NAPA slotted rotors that are a composite, ceramic pads on the front, rear brakes were not touched.
Rotors $147.00 each, Pads 112.28.
Labor 97.50. This included cleaning and adjusting rears.
Running just the Jeep I notice a slight improvement on longer stops. Pulling my trailer a big difference (4K, lbs)
So on a panic stop it should do a lot better.
Notice a lot less dust on the rims.
Now after spending the money,,,,I would do it again.
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But thats a heavier XJ and I doubt a TJ will see too much duty as a tow rig.
And as far as rotor dust.....lol thats the least of my worries while I power wash the inside of mine out and let the mud run out the drain holes in the floor. [img]images/graemlins/grin.gif[/img]
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Also, as you probably know, ceramic pads can wear the wrong rotor out faster than the pad. [img]images/graemlins/grin.gif[/img]
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Thanks guys ...my wife will be a heck of a lot happier since I don't have to spend lot's of cash on the brakes .... Hmmm ..maybe I can get a bigger lift kit the same time I guy the brakes and say "hon, the brakes were expensive, but the lift kit was only $100"

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