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Geo Tracker/Suzuki Sidekick Disc Brake Solution For Early CJ5's

Discussion in 'Early CJ-5 and CJ-6 Tech' started by tarry99, Mar 23, 2018.

  1. Jun 1, 2018
    Muzikp

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    Safety what? :p
     
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    ITLKSEZ

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    Exactly. :beer:
     
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    Warloch

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    Used them for years - two big issues:
    1. If you push the pedal too hard to hold on a hill, its a real B**CH to get it to release.
    2. They can, and have FROZEN on me in the cold during Elk season.

    I have a couple floating around in the shop - I use a rock or log until I get the new rear discs on with the Caddy E-Brake.
     
  4. Jun 1, 2018
    tarry99

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    Norcal69

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    I have the one terry posted. I have had an issue with it bleeding off over a day or two. The PO installed in on the front axle. It is nice to have it on the front axle if you are starting out on a hill, but i wouldn’t trust it as a parking brake on a hill. I am going to put e brake backing plates on the rear of the jeep and use a forklift park brake lever/adjuster.
     
  6. Jun 2, 2018
    tarry99

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    I never had mine bleed off.........but just the same I always blocked it with a few rocks front & rear........don't need any surprises!

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    aekdbbop

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    Just finished this project. Moved my 11"s to the back, discs up front. Holy crap what a difference. Gives me a little more confidence on the road.

    BTW, the harbor freight cup holder makes a great bleeding buddy...

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    1967 CJ5A

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    What did this end up costing you? I have 11" brakes up front and I'd like to do the same. What MC are you using?
     
  9. Jun 4, 2018
    aekdbbop

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    So I had the dual cylinder kit from herms.. but that MC bit the dust pretty quick. I ended up replacing it with a MC from a Ford Fairmont.

    All in all I was under 300.00. Closer to 250.00
     
  10. Jun 6, 2018
    71CJ54WD

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    Mine stop well but definitely don't think they could lock up the front 33's. Do yours have enough power to lock them up or probably not?
     
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    timgr

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    I like the cup holder idea. May need to get one of those! (y)
     
  12. Jun 21, 2018
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    Thought I would update. Did the swap and didn't touch my rear brakes that were toast. Not a huge improvement. Redid rear brakes and things were good. Finally swapped out my proportioning valve to a disk/drum GM unit and now my brakes are strong. I haven't had to take any super hard stops thankfully but have tested them with firm pressure and they feel nice. I have 33's and personally, I am quite satisfied with the stopping force. Not a bad modification at all.
     
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    mickeykelley

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    So the purportioning valve made all the difference? So does the 71 have the thru the floor pedals? Can a dual reservoir from the later CJ5's be used in the early ones with the single reservoir?
     
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    71CJ54WD

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    I don't know what the condition of that stock valve/block was. Perhaps my results are unique. I will say that having matched components likely aided my setup. No idea about your CJ.
     
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    Mcruff

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    A 71 does have thru the floor pedals, yes the later MC from a 71 can be used in the earlier cj's if you have the bracket to bolt it to the frame.
     
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    Don X

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    Does anyone have a link to this or part numbers I can search?
     
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    Oldriginal86

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    Wilwood website shows the remote reservoirs.
     
  18. Jul 27, 2018
    mickeykelley

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    Has anyone confirmed the above studs don't require the rotor drilling?
     
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    mickeykelley

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    I'm guessing no? My concern is if they are long enough at 1 1/2" vs the others listed as 1 15/16".
     
  20. Aug 12, 2018
    mickeykelley

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    How did you run the brake line from the caliper to? Or did you just replace all the lines?
     

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