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Old 09-28-2010, 01:55 PM   #1
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i have a 1997 jeep wrangler with the 4.0 engine and i need new front breaks i can get low range, mid range, and then ceramic break pads i want a good pad i was wondering which one i should get? i also just got new rotors im just getting the pads now

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Personally, I prefer a nice firm foam pad or soft mattress for my break pad. But if you mean brake pads then what size tires are you running? The bigger the tire, the more aggressive the brake pad needs to be. If you are running larger size tires, like 33" or 35", are you willing to pay more for a pad that will give startlingly impressive braking results? Like over $100 for a set of them?

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I agree 100% with what Jerry said. Even stock, the front disk brake setup leaves a lot to be desired. When you upgrade the tire size without a big brake kit, then your stopping power is significantly decreased. In this case, dropping $100 bones for a decent set of pads. I've heard pretty decent things about the Hawk set that Quadratec offers, but listen to others.

When I'm running 31s or less, I usually go with a decent brake pad. My last change (on Saturday) was with $25 Duralasts from AutoZone. They don't squeal like others have on me and I have had no complaints about the stopping power. I know others will speak out against going so cheap, but I'm personally happy with them. I used the "better" from advanced auto and I'm a lot happier with the "better" at AutoZone.

I don't know if you've ever changed your disk pads and rotors before (theres 10 million guides, I like 4x4xplorers) but it's god awful simple. Grab a packet of grease for each brake your doing and go liberal with it on the back of the pad (NOT THE PAD SIDE) and inner surfaces on the caliper). Make sure to hold the pads with a piece of shop towel. Nothing like having ruined pads because you touched them with brake grease.
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i just got new tires they are the size of them are 30/9.50R15 and they are the BFG A/T KO so whichever would work best for that set of tire
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If you are running larger size tires, like 33" or 35", are you willing to pay more for a pad that will give startlingly impressive braking results? Like over $100 for a set of them?
So if you are upgrading brake pads to accomodate larger tires, does that mean you have to (or at least should) upgrade the rotors?
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Good quality all-cast (not drilled, dimpled, or slotted) rotors like from Centric are always a good idea, especially for larger tire sizes.

Brake pad-wise, the EBC Yellow Stuff pads are unbeatable for a stock brake mechanism. They're not cheap, typically $134 or close to that, but they are widely accepted as the best performing pad for Jeeps running big tires. They produce a dramatic improvement in braking when you have big tires. They don't squeal either.
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EBC makes great brake pads. I've been using their carbon race pads on my race/street R1 for years. I plan on upgrading my pads on my Jeep here sometime soon and I'll be going with the EBC Yellows. Nothing less.
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i just got new tires they are the size of them are 30/9.50R15 and they are the BFG A/T KO so whichever would work best for that set of tire
For what you are doing I would go with a middle of the road brake pad, stay away from the cheapest they offer and you don't need ceramics. While EBC makes great stuff, it really is overkill for what you are running. If you have some sets you are looking at post them and it would be easier for us all to help you choose
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i was going to get pep boy brand rotors and also there pads and i had the mid range in mind do u think that is good enough or would u recommend something?
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For typical needs and factory size tires, those are probably fine. I would avoid any so-called "lifetime" brake pads. The reason is that lifetime pads are usually so hard, in order to last a long time, that they don't brake very well.

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