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Bendix or Wagner

Discussion in 'Jeepster Commando and Commando Tech' started by mainejeepster, Sep 10, 2007.

  1. Sep 10, 2007
    mainejeepster

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    I know Jeepsters used both the Bendix and Wagner style brakes. Is the Wagner the 10" and the Bendix the 11"? Do I measure the inside diameter of the brake drum to know if I have 10" or 11" brakes?
     
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  2. Sep 10, 2007
    Pack Rat

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    Re: Bendix or Wanger

    Yup, inside diameter
     
  3. Sep 11, 2007
    Hurstjeepster

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    '67 through '71 used 10" brakes, with and without a power booster. '72-'73 models used 11" brkaes with and w/o a PB booster. 11" brkaes were more common to full size and later Jeep CJ models. I swapped the 10s on my '71 over to later 11s. Cheaper parts and stronger. Several vendors have the kits. Spent about $500 on all new parts. You will need to use the later style rear parking brake cable on the rear 11" backing plates. bg
     
  4. Sep 11, 2007
    mainejeepster

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    Thanks for all the help guys!
     
  5. Sep 11, 2007
    timgr

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    The 11" brakes are Bendix type. I don't know what type the 10" brakes are. The Bendix brakes used on CJs from 1972 on will bolt on, as will the brakes from a '72-73 Commando. Note the REAR brakes from a '76 on CJ will not fit (the AMC 20 axle is not compatible with your axles), though front drums will. Front disks were optional on CJs starting in 1977, and later became standard.

    Wagoneers and J-trucks also used the 11" Bendix brakes on the 5-lug axles, and those are compatible.

    Note you can get the complete 11" brake kit for each axle for about $300 from Herm or R&P 4WD, and likely others. That includes all new parts except the backing plates and levers ... hard to beat that price.
     

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