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Old 05-20-2014, 10:15 PM   #1
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Brake upgrade

Have a 2008 Unlimited Rubicon and want to upgrade the brakes. Any recommendations? Not off-roading much, but pull a off-road popup camper (StarCraft RT-11). Thanks.

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Old 05-20-2014, 11:04 PM   #2
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I haven't used them, but I'm thinking about buying the Teraflex big brake kit, fairly reasonable price, or you can just upgrade to a larger rotor and caliper brackets.

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Old 05-20-2014, 11:28 PM   #3
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Just be aware that going to bigger brakes may require bigger wheels ie 17". Check brake manufacturers specs for minimum wheel size.

I switched over to a slotted/drilled rotor set and that seems to work better.
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Old 05-21-2014, 06:06 PM   #4
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Just get some Black Magic front brake pads and Centric rotors. The increase is stopping power is significant. I can't stand the stock pads with 35s. By simply using the BM pads, I stop better than stock pads with stock 32s.
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Old 05-21-2014, 06:39 PM   #5
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or... you could upgrade your trailer's axle with electric brakes (it's not that expensive or hard to do) & just put a brake controller in your Jeep.

Easy, simple, & guaranteed to provide enough braking..
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Old 05-21-2014, 10:14 PM   #6
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I went with Rebel Offroad restraint brake kit. Stops my 35's quite well and fit my 16x8's.
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Old 05-22-2014, 10:57 AM   #7
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Just get some Black Magic front brake pads and Centric rotors. The increase is stopping power is significant. I can't stand the stock pads with 35s. By simply using the BM pads, I stop better than stock pads with stock 32s.
Do you have a part number for the pads that you're using ?

Don't worry about it, I thought they may offer a few different compounds but there is only the one.
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Old 05-22-2014, 11:33 AM   #8
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Yeah, they only offer the one pad. They did a test of sorts a couple of years ago and sent these pads for free to several Jeepers willing to compare them to their existing EBC Yellow Stuff pads. Almost everyone said the BM pads stopped way better. I had them on my last JKR too. If I recall, they use a compound used by race car brakes and can handle a lot of heat without fading. I can make the 35s squeal in a second (they will squeal before anti-lock will kick in). EBC Yellows are a second and EBC is also coming out with a supposedly impressive Extra Duty pad (made in the UK) but it has supply delays so nobody has compared the two.
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I was pleasantly surprised at what difference stainless steel brake lines made to my JK.

Much firmer pedal and stopping just seems easier.
At the very least it's a confident and predictable feel. No need to mash the pedal.

I'll throw in some green stuff pads after the stock ones wear down.
They seem to grab really well and don't fade out on long downhill runs like the stock pads.
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Old 06-05-2014, 08:19 AM   #10
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Does anyone know if the Milwood brake kit will work on a 2012 Rubicon. Its amazing I can't seem to get anyone to confirm that it will or will not work. Besides the Teraflex are there any other complete kits available for the 2012 Rubicion?
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Old 06-05-2014, 08:41 AM   #11
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I was pleasantly surprised at what difference stainless steel brake lines made to my JK. Much firmer pedal and stopping just seems easier. At the very least it's a confident and predictable feel. No need to mash the pedal. I'll throw in some green stuff pads after the stock ones wear down. They seem to grab really well and don't fade out on long downhill runs like the stock pads.
I'll agree with this ^
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Old 06-05-2014, 09:12 AM   #12
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Baer has a six piston front four piston rear kit. All four corners for around $2300.

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