Originally Posted by my996duc1
My brakes work good. I can and have locked up the tires on demand so no issues with my brakes working.
FWIW, my LJ was the complete opposite. My brakes stock were downright dangerous. I upgraded to EBC Yellows, and they were mediocre at best. Bone stock with 30s I couldn't lock up the front tires, and every time I had to emergency stop, I would bury the pedal and pray the Jeep would actually come to a halt soon enough. One time it didn't...on a slight downhill, I slid right into the back of a Subaru...got below 10mph from 50mph but even with a 5 second spacing I still didn't stop in time.
The Vanco kit was one of the best mods I've done to my Jeep. The Jeep finally stops like it should have from the factory. I can lock up my 33s, and have in fact cut grooves in the tread from pavement cheese-graters. But locking up the tires isn't what good braking is about. You want to keep your tires in traction and still maintain good braking characteristics. With the Vancos, I can repeatedly jam my passenger's face into the windshield...in the hills, in traffic, on the highway or towing a trailer...without breaking traction.
You really do have to drive a Jeep with Vancos installed to appreciate the amazing difference.