|Jeep TJ Wrangler being Fitted with New Rear Drum Brakes, Pistons & EBC Brake Shoes.|
Car: 1997 Jeep TJ Wrangler 4.0 Sport Soft Top
Colour: Lapis Blue
As this Jeep was growing bigger/heavier we had tried to improve on the standard brakes by changing the pads to EBC Yellowstuff! Although these did work quite well and were an improvement on the original pads, we though it was about time to look for something bigger or better!
Word was that Black Magic brake pads seemed to be the ones to go for, but rather than just replace the pads again, we thought we would go for bigger brakes this time!
So rather than just ordering black magic pads for a wrangler, we ordered a Jeep TJ Wrangler big brake conversion kit instead!
The kit uses Ford Explorer Brakes modified to fit a wrangler, and so comes with black magic brake pads to fit the Ford Explorer calipers.
The calipers are 2-pot calipers, rather than just the single pot calipers normally fitted to the Jeep, and combined with the larger discs and Black Magic pads, should see some serious improvements in stopping power when compared to the stock brakes.
Black Magic brakes have to be bedded in as per the included instructions to achieve their maximum braking efficiency, this involves slamming on the anchors several times, but according to all reports, doing this as per instructions does make a difference and you will get maximum stopping power thereafter!
Here are the normal front brake discs and calipers (but fitted with EBC Yellowstuff pads)(albeit dirty ones!).
The caliper and disc have now been removed!
This was then followed by the wheel hub.
Here is the normal caliper carrier/steering knuckle, to remove these requires a ball joint release tool. Normally you have to be very carful when using a ball joint splitter, not to damage the rubber, but that does not matter for the upper and lower ball joint in this case because they were about to be replaced with new ones.
The wheel hub mounting bracket / caliper carrier has been removed.
The ball joints have now been popped out.
New upper & lower ball joints.
Fitting the new lower ball joint using a G-clamp.
Fitting the new upper ball joint using a G-clamp.
The new Ford Explorer wheel hub mounting bracket / caliper carrier is fitted.
This came modified so that the calipers will fit in the right location for the TJ Wrangler.
The universal joints on either side of the Jeep were both worn with wear mainly to one side and will need replacing.
The old and the new!
The old caliper has just a single piston, whereas the new caliper has 2.
The wheel hub is refitted together with the first part of the brake caliper.
You may find it easier to replace the new disc before you install any of the caliper.
The new Black Magic brake pads to fit the Ford calipers.
& there we have it, the new upgraded disc, caliper, and Black Magic pads have been installed.
Impressive, lets just hope the braking is!
Here they are as seen through the alloy wheel.
(The wheels need a good clean & polish as always! sorry!!!)
Now all that's left is to drive the Jeep as per instructions, doing some seriously hard stopping to get the Black Magic pads working correctly. This is a vital stage of fitting Black Magic pads.
After completion stopping power has been very impressive so far!