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jk brakes upgrade,, whos done it

As my JK brakes are getting due to change out. Im curious to see what other JKOs are using. I guess what im asking is, what brand rotors, slotted, drilled, or blank, or oem replacement, I guess also material, as there is different materials in the rotors an pads, Im not looking for a big brake kit. Im just asking what you guys an gals are running, and are happy with. price per rotor will also help and price you paid on pads. Or a online hookup. As i do more research an the input from all of you, I want to find the best possible brake kits for the best bang for the buck$$$. Thanks JKO FamBam,,,,
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rebel offroad has an awesome break kit... i love it and their customer service is the best ive ever delt with. sent them an email asking a question and they called me within a day or two to talk to me about my question. good luck getting any other company to call you to talk about your jeep and to answer all your questions you might have. the best people ive ever delt with.

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rebel offroad has an awesome break kit... i love it and their customer service is the best ive ever delt with. sent them an email asking a question and they called me within a day or two to talk to me about my question. good luck getting any other company to call you to talk about your jeep and to answer all your questions you might have. the best people ive ever delt with.
Thanks, but im really looking for your opinion on the brakes you have, are they slotted, drilled, or oem,, what brand are they? Price? how did they perform after installed,,,
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they are cross drilled and slotted with ceramic pads up front and semi metallic in the rear. they were about 600 with shipping and that was to ga from cali. the breaks are significantly better and its not enough to throw you through the windshield but it def. stops a hell of a lot quicker than stock.

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I second the Rebel Offroad Engineering brake kits.

Here's some information as well as a link to the Rebel Offroad Engineering brake kits:

REBEL OFFROAD ENGINEERING JK Brake Kit (Complete Kit). Front and Rear Brake Rotors with Front and Rear Pads. These rotors are both double drilled and slotted for the ulitmate in stopping power. If your Jeep has larger than stock tires then you know just how poor the factory brakes work. UPGRADE your brakes and stop your Jeep, safely and with confidence.

Customers state the stopping power is up to 40% better than stock. The Double Drilled and staggered holes increase pad bite and allow faster heat dissipation. (keeps rotors about 150-200 degrees cooler over standard OEM rotors)

Kit includes:1 Pair of Front Rotors 1 Pair of Rear Rotors1 Set of Front Brake Pads 1 Set of Rear Brake Pads

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* Rotors are cast with a G3500 casting grade for Stronger tension strength. (Factory OEM rotors are cast with only G3000 casting grade.)
* Black Electronic finish for the rust protection. (400 hours of salt water exposure without rusting)
* Double Disc Grinding leaves a non-directional finish on the friction surface area for more effective pad-rotor break in. This special finish also provides quieter and smoother stops.
* Center Split casting provide proper heat transfer for better braking power and safety.(Eliminating Heat spots)
* Premium rotors are mill balance to a tolerance of less than 2oz per inch. (Reduces chances of vibration)
* Posi Quiet Pads. Pads are scorched and there is no break in period required. Low Brake Dust with a longer life span over standard O.E. Pads
* Customers state an increase of 40% more stopping power over stock.


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Here's the link over on Rebel's site:

http://www.rebeloffroad.com/SearchRe...neering+brakes

Let us know if you have more questions. I know you were asking for more options, but besides this one and the Tera-Flex kit your options are slim.

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I also have the Rebel kit and highly recommend.

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I have the Teraflex big brake kit and I love it. I had EBC yellow pads and EBC slotted and dimpled rotors but I wasnt really impressed by them

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Here is a link
http://www.outlawoffroad.com/14704/2...pads-3721.html

These guys have done a lot of custom work on my previous Jeep and stand behind their work too.
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Don't slotted and drilled rotors chew up brake pads pretty quickly?

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Rear = Auto Zone ceramic pads & Rebel Off-Road brake rotors.
Front = Factory pads & rotors.

Noticeable difference.....especially when you have to brake really hard.

*Will be upgrading to Rebel Off-Road pads & rotors for the front....asap.

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Thank you all for the great reviews!

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Just put ebc greenstuff 7000s on the front with robestis*so rotors and stockers on the back. It stops somewhat faster (ABS will even come on a bit on dry roads if you really stand on it) biggest difference was how straight it went under heavy breaking

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Another vote for the Rebel upgrade. I've been running it for 6 months or so and am VERY happy with the results. Money well spent. My write up in the Write Up Library>
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Thanx guys for all your input. Its greatly appreciated, I am looking into all these options, as im also looking into getting the best brake system money can buy. I know Rebel puts out great products an there also good friends of mine. I will keep you all posted on my decisions an look deeper into pros n cons of slotted, drilled, or oem marerials,, thanks again an keep the opinions an comments coming,,
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I have the Rebel kit also, works great.
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Here is a link
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These guys have done a lot of custom work on my previous Jeep and stand behind their work too.
Is that just bond's old company? They even use the same picture for the brake kit...
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Is that just bond's old company? They even use the same picture for the brake kit...
It's the system I developed when I was over at Outlaw. Since it, along with the coilover systems, was my design I was able to bring everything over to Rebel Offroad.

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It's the system I developed when I was over at Outlaw. Since it, along with the coilover systems, was my design I was able to bring everything over to Rebel Offroad.

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Only thing missing out of the rebel kit is those little metal clips. But you can get some from autozone or advanced for cheap..

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Seems kind of expensive if all your getting is rotors, I wouldnt expect a huge improvement unless your going with a better caliper and bigger rotor......
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Check your front rotors.....the JK has a habit of concentrating its braking power to the rear, so the fronts are probably still pretty clean, rotors look almost untouched. I'm just replacing my factory rotors with a set of Mopars and installing the Hawk pads I got from 4x4trailgear.

So ceramic pads in the front (if you go that route) shouldn't be too much of a problem with the dust (always enjoyed the quality of ceramics, but hated the dust....then again, my speciality was Japanese sport/luxury cars). Slotted/drilled rotors are pretty much in the same boat....will tear up pads more quickly, but will keep it cooler when running the hot laps (again, coming from an import sports car perspective).

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Check your front rotors.....the JK has a habit of concentrating its braking power to the rear, so the fronts are probably still pretty clean, rotors look almost untouched. I'm just replacing my factory rotors with a set of Mopars and installing the Hawk pads I got from 4x4trailgear.

So ceramic pads in the front (if you go that route) shouldn't be too much of a problem with the dust (always enjoyed the quality of ceramics, but hated the dust....then again, my speciality was Japanese sport/luxury cars). Slotted/drilled rotors are pretty much in the same boat....will tear up pads more quickly, but will keep it cooler when running the hot laps (again, coming from an import sports car perspective).
Yes im gona have to totally agree with you. The slotted may help with the pad to rotor suface, but I honestly dont think the double drilled is helping. My Jk dosnt move that fast to actually heat the rotor up. To where I need it to kool down from the drilled portions,, Im still tryn to get the correct answers on pros n cons.
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Be careful with the cross-drilled and/or slotted rotors. In many cases they can actually reduce brake performance.

The point of cross-drilling/venting is to realease the gasses that can build up under the pad during hard braking and to reduce heat build-up. The problem with that is that by drilling/venting you are removing swept area off the rotor, in some cases as much as 10+%. The bennifit that you would recieve from the gas release and cooling would be outweighed by the loss of performance from lack of swept area unless you are constantly running at the high end of your brakes performace envelope. Unless you tow heavy loads daily or are going to an oversized rotor (think 15-20% greater swept area) you are better off staying with a simple factory styled rotor.

A simple and relativley inexpensive way to drasticaly improve your stock brakes performance for towing and oversized tires is to do three things.

1. Change out your pads for a super premium/performance pad (Hawk, EBC, Etc.)

2. Change out your rubber brake lines for braided stainless. This reduces swell in hot and old lines under pressure (and they are also much more durable off-road!).

3. If your breaking system will support it, switch to a higher rated brake fluid (DOT 5). This has a higher silicon amount and a much higher boiling point. If you do this though be sure to thoroughly evacuate all old fluid before filling with the new fluid.

These three things can be accomplished in most cases for much less than $200 and can make a very dramatic improvment in your brake system performance as well as longevity.

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These guys have done a lot of custom work on my previous Jeep and stand behind their work too.
I like the Rebel Kit and do not like EBC. Most of the rotors you are looking at online are white box rotors. In other words made in China and shipped to the USA. Not to get into the argument of made in China or USA is better or worse. However the quality and manufacturing of the Rebel kit is far and away better than most Rotors out there for that price point. I have had to replace the EBC slotted and dimpled rotors 2x on my other vehicle due to warping. EBC replaced them for free but still it cost me $200 for the 2x I had to have the new rotors turned before installing them. (EBC told me that this was necessary, ProCut lathe)

If you want Rotors that will last the life of the Jeep go with REBEL.

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