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Old 08-22-2013, 08:36 PM   #1
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Vanco Big Brake Kit

Just wanted to put another post out there saying the vanco big brake kit is exactly what all the hype portrays it as. UPS dropped off two boxes today and I put the kit on this evening. The included instructions were the very best instructions I have ever read for anything (full color pictures!). Very straightforward install. I ordered through savvy and was sent shipping confirmation in a matter of minutes! Then a few minutes later was sent an order update where I was given a random 5% off (which is nearly $50) so thank you very much to the guys at savvy.

As for the performance... I had black magic pads and centric rotors previously and with all my might could not lock up the front wheels at any speed. That being said, I run my 37x12.5s at 20 psi on the street. This 15" kit definitely doesn't make your jeep brake like a sports car, but I can now lock up my front wheels at 50mph and still have some power to add. Although I hope to never need to, it's nice knowing I have the ability.

Anyway, I'm a fan.

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Old 08-22-2013, 08:47 PM   #2
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I really want to upgrade my brakes, but can't spend that kind of dough at the moment. How do the Black Magic pads and upgraded rotors compare to stock pads and rotors? Big improvement, or not worth the money?

ETA.....I'm only running 33's, but like you, I can't lock up my brakes on pavement.

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Old 08-22-2013, 09:12 PM   #3
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I can't give any quantitative measurements, but I'd say the black magic pads are worth it considering they aren't that much more... They do give a noticeable change.
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Old 08-22-2013, 10:04 PM   #4
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At about 40 mph, my OEM Rubicon discs lock up and make the 35" dogs really bark on the asphalt. I locked 'em up when traveling downhill towards a stoplight. A Honda Civic was right beside me, and the Jeep handled well.
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Old 08-22-2013, 10:12 PM   #5
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At about 40 mph, my OEM Rubicon discs lock up and make the 35" dogs really bark on the asphalt. I locked 'em up when traveling downhill towards a stoplight. A Honda Civic was right beside me, and the Jeep handled well.
That's really impressive. What do your 35s actually measure (my 37s are around 36.5) and what psi do you run on the street?
And it was your fronts locking, not rears?
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Old 08-22-2013, 10:17 PM   #6
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+1 for vanco! Just installed the 16" big brake kit on Saturday. One of my stock brakes burnt up on my LJ with 35's. Will be the FIRST thing I do to any other future Jeeps if I intend to put big tires (35+) on it.
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Old 08-22-2013, 11:15 PM   #7
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I had Vanco's Big Brake kit on my previous (stolen) TJ and I miss the hell out of it. If I had the $$$, I'd install another on my present TJ. 35's is right where the Vanco kit comes into its own with its dual-piston caliper, stronger warp-free knuckles, and Black Magic pads... what a great product.
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Old 08-22-2013, 11:19 PM   #8
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That's really impressive. What do your 35s actually measure (my 37s are around 36.5) and what psi do you run on the street?
And it was your fronts locking, not rears?
34.xx" O.D. - They are BFG AT/KOs. I run them at 30 psi on the street (to keep my clutch happy with the 4.10 gears).
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One of the best investments I've made to my TJ. 4years and still stopping strong.
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I also run a 15" Vanco kit with Black Magic pads, and 48mm dual piston calipers. Very happy with the results - I can lock up my 33s no problem, but it's not locking up that i'm most happy with - it's the overall braking performance, the massive improvement in controlled emergency stops. Great when towing and/or loaded with gear in the mountains.

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