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post #1 of 8 Old 11-05-2014, 06:11 AM Thread Starter
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bigger brakes=happy wife

my wife is complainint about trying to stop the 2013 jeep jku with 35;s and a 4 lift whar bigger/better brakes has anyone installed all I have been finding is 1 inch bigger front rotors and same size as stock rears with stock brake pads and calipers they just give you a spacer to rebolt your stock caliper I have seen a willwood brake kit but not interested in spening 1300.00 on front brakes.Thanks in advance
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post #2 of 8 Old 11-05-2014, 07:04 AM
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There was some buzz that there were quite a few new BBK options revealed at SEMA this year, no details yet. Replacing the stock stuff with slotted/cross drilled would make a marked improvement. Slotting and venting allows for far less brake fade which happens due to heat. Trying to slow down a 7-8k lb vehicle with huge rolling mass generates a lot of heat. When the time comes i'll just go with better pads and upgraded rotors with additional cooling benefits.

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It isn't anything money can't fix.

Definitely takes a lot more pressure on the pedal than my wife's Grand Cherokee.

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Also take a look at the Dynatrac ProGRIP.

Just released at SEMA.
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Also take a look at the Dynatrac ProGRIP.

Just released at SEMA.
I am going to keep my eye on this kit, it looks very interesting. If the OE calipers are retained I wonder if the Dynatrac and OE pads are interchangable.
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post #7 of 8 Old 11-08-2014, 11:42 PM
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Improving the braking power on any vehicle, the big three are...
1. Tires
2. Pads
3. Rotors

You didn't specify what tires your wife has on her jeep. Is it an A/T, M/T, street tire?

Since tire change is unlikely, get yourself a good set of pads. I don't mean the parts store special, I'm talking either Hawk (LTS or HPS) or EBC (red or yellow) pads.

Since we are talking about a jeep, you're not going to have repeated hard braking events, so I would skip the slotted/cross drilled. If you decide you want "bling", get the rotors where the drilled areas are chamfered to keep the hole from cracking. The rotors that autox/road course guys use are napa gold blank rotors. They seem to have good luck with them.

Okay, so you have installed your upgraded pads and rotors, but you're not finished. Find a road that isn't busy and where you can do the following.
1. Get your jeep up to 40mph
2. Stand on the brakes until 5mph
3. Repeat 5 times.
4. Get your jeep up to 70mph
5. Stand on the brakes until 20mph
6. Repeat 3 times
7. Drive to cool the brakes and where you do not have to touch the brakes for the next 10-ish minutes.

You now have embedded the brake material onto the rotor. This helps with stopping power and decreases stopping distance. This might be enough to satisfy your wife.


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With a friends advice I went for terraflex big rotors front(not the big brake kit) , power slot rotors rear, and ebc green pads.
I'm lucky enough to have two four doors for comparison .
With these installed, mine on 37s out braked the wife's which was on stock rubbers.

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