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Old 05-25-2009, 01:24 PM   #1
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97 Wrangler brake drums

I have a 97 wrangler and I am trying to replace the rear shoes, but I can't get the drums off. On all of my other cars they just slid off or I can use the dead blow hammer and they come right off. Is there a trick to getting them off. Any ideas or suggestions would be appreciated.

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Old 05-25-2009, 02:12 PM   #2
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bigger hammer and make sure the parking brake is off.

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Old 05-25-2009, 02:57 PM   #3
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the drum should slide off I have a 99 sport and mine just slid off now replacing the springs thats a diffrent story if ur doin this make sure u have an extra pair of hands
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Old 05-25-2009, 05:52 PM   #5
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Mine was the same way. I was begining to think there was somthing i was missing. I got a piece of wood, a bigger hammer (small sledge) and wacked the hell out of it. It finally broke loose.
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Please put on safety glasses before you start hitting it. Theres alot of rust chips that could go flying.
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Adjust the shoes in a little and the drum will probably slide right off...there's a wear ridge that the shoes are hanging up on.
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How many miles do you guys wait for before replacing those?

I just did the front pads at 45K, but they look like they had another year left.
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Old 05-26-2009, 08:23 PM   #9
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I think this looks pretty neat. The price isn't bad.
TeraFlex 004354400 - TeraFlex Rear Disc Brake Conversion Kits
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I think this looks pretty neat. The price isn't bad.
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wow thats the best price iv ever seen on that kit. brakes off a grand cherokee with a disc rear also fit.
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i gotta figure out what rear end i have.. i dont know how.
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adjust the shoes in a little and the drum will probably slide right off...there's a wear ridge that the shoes are hanging up on.
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i gotta figure out what rear end i have.. i dont know how.
If rear axle diff has rubber plug - Dana 35.
If rear axle diff has metal plug - Dana 44.

If STOCK those are your choices.
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Regarding pulling the drum off...I assume you first removed the "thin metal washer-like little keeper" off of the one or two wheel studs that had them...after that, the dead blow hammer helps a lot.

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