Join Date: Apr 2002
Location: Colorado Springs, CO
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Lengthening brake rod on CJ7 brakes
I just put in a CJ7 power brake setup, stock bell housing bracket, dual booster, and corvette MC. It all fits nice but the pedal is a little over an inch and a quarter low, and doesn't contact the brake light switch. The brakes work well but the travel is limited. I know people are going to tell me I should ditch the CJ7 bracket, or go with YJ stuff but I got the entire setup for $20 bucks from a wrecked Jeep. I see Tri County sells an adjustable rod for $40 but that seems high given what appears to be simple. But my question is whether it would be ok to simply take out the stock brake rod, cut it and add the missing length (remember on stock CJ power brakes the rod is removable from the mounting bracket). This would seem to move the pedal back to the normal height (as when manual) but are there down sides to doing this? Is it safe if someone qualified welds it?
Thanks for your input