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Old 09-12-2019, 12:10 PM
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Brake Upgrade- Power Stop z36

https://www.4wheelparts.com/p/power-...-BHKQ-K2798-36

Anybody do this?

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I did it on my 2012 JKUR, and I am getting ready to do it on my 2016 JKUR.

I also did it on a 2015 GMC 1500 All Terrain and a 2007 H2.

Itís good value for the dollar. Increases stopping effectiveness, durable, easy improvement to make. I never had any issues with my installs on any of these vehicles, and I did it on each to accommodate lifts and larger tires (requiring better stopping power).

You can also look at the TeraFlex big brake kit, but it is considerably more expensive because you are also changing out the calipers. The nice thing about Powerstop is you get bigger pads and a beefier rotor but can use the stock calipers.


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I did it on my 2012 JKUR, and I am getting ready to do it on my 2016 JKUR.

I also did it on a 2015 GMC 1500 All Terrain and a 2007 H2.

Itís good value for the dollar. Increases stopping effectiveness, durable, easy improvement to make. I never had any issues with my installs on any of these vehicles, and I did it on each to accommodate lifts and larger tires (requiring better stopping power).

You can also look at the TeraFlex big brake kit, but it is considerably more expensive because you are also changing out the calipers. The nice thing about Powerstop is you get bigger pads and a beefier rotor but can use the stock calipers.


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So the pads and rotor are bigger than OEM? I see they sell a kit with powder coated calipers too for around $900 but I didn't think those calipers have improved performance ( just paying for the powder coat). I personally don't like the idea of big brake kits that impact the front only since it shifts the brake bias even more forward. I like the idea of getting all 4 wheels improved while maintaining the bias.
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The rotors do not have a bigger diameter, but they are a little thicker and disperse heat much better (slotted and drilled with chamfered edges so they donít crack). The pads are bigger, which helps create the increased stopping capacity.


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Yes. I bought the four wheel kit, but only put on the rear disks and pads because it turned out the front didn't need them. It was an easy install... I mean...it was time consuming for me because it was my first time doing brakes but, in retrospect, it was not a technically difficult thing to do.

My rear brakes seem just fine. No issues. But it is hard to tell how effective they are because my front brakes, which do most of the work, are still OEM.
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The pads are bigger? And they fit the same caliper & bracket? I'd like to see how they did that.
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The pads are bigger? And they fit the same caliper & bracket? I'd like to see how they did that.


Youíre exactly right - they were bigger on my GMC (different style caliper), but not on the Jeep. They have carbon fiber added to the ceramic pads for the Jeep to give more strength and better stopping ability.

Thanks for that correction. Sorry for the misinformation.
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I'm a big fan of the PowerStop Z36 pads. I currently have them installed. They stop great, no noise, no noticeable brake dust, good price. Can't ask for much more from a pad.

I don't personally care for drilled rotors, especially on a Jeep. Rocks and mud can get trapped in the holes in the rotor and cause you more grief than what they're worth. Slots yes, but no holes for me.
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I went with the Teraflex BBK front and rear. Very happy.
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I went with the Teraflex BBK front and rear. Very happy.
For $2200 i would also be very happy.. LOL feel free to venmo me 1900 difference and i'll do the same.
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I don't personally care for drilled rotors, especially on a Jeep. Rocks and mud can get trapped in the holes in the rotor and cause you more grief than what they're worth. Slots yes, but no holes for me.
I didn't think about this. I know the drilled will help with warping and my OEMs warped at 8700 miles. My driving style tends to warp brakes i guess so i seemed to like the idea of drilled but i didn't think about rocks and mud getting trapped.
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For $2200 i would also be very happy.. LOL feel free to venmo me 1900 difference and i'll do the same.
That's the Delta Brake kit. I used the old one. You buy the front and rear kits separate. Still expensive at $1200 though.
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That's the Delta Brake kit. I used the old one. You buy the front and rear kits separate. Still expensive at $1200 though.
Yeah i hear you. I'm trying to stay on a budget and need new rotors anyway so i'm thinking about doing it this way if the reviews are good.
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I didn't think about this. I know the drilled will help with warping and my OEMs warped at 8700 miles. My driving style tends to warp brakes i guess so i seemed to like the idea of drilled but i didn't think about rocks and mud getting trapped.
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Raybestos Brake Tech School, Part One: Rotors Don't Warp | Hendon Publishing


I have the Z36 kit after having my rotors ruined by poorly balanced/torqued wheels and tires. And yes, Discount Tire admitted it and paid for it. Kudos to them.

Regarding drilled/slotted rotors, more of my miles are on the road in hilly terrain pulling a trailer. They work fantastic for that.
Offroad I've picked up on pebble so far in a slot. PITA but easy to sort.

If you're offroad more than on, don't have a load or don't live in the hills, I don't think drilled/slotted is for you. Get their regular rotors and their pads. The pads are awesome. Quiet. Much less dust.

And make sure your wheels are balanced and torqued correctly. Don't let it go for a couple of weeks.

BTW, @Quadratec discount had that kit for about $25 less than your link with free shipping when I installed mine.
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I'm in the similar situation and shopped around quite a bit. I ended up ordering the Teraflex BBK which uses the stock calipers and pads. It's a very well made kit and larger rotor will definitely help it out. All the reviews were great as well. To go along with it, I ordered a set of EBC green stuff pads. I'm starting with just the front, then will do the rear at a later time. And by the way with the forum discount it was just under $30 cheaper than the Powerstop setup, still cross drilled and slotted, but a larger diameter rotor. I'm waiting to install with along with an axle swap else, it would already be on and I could provide hands on experience. A few more weeks from now will be a different story !
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The pads are bigger? And they fit the same caliper & bracket? I'd like to see how they did that.
The pads looked identical to me. The disks look beefier. If there's any difference, it's in their composition. Every new part fit precisely where it was intended to go. There were no surprises. I spent a lot of time cleaning everything... Brake cleaner, wire brush, grease where required, anti-seize, etc. It looked like a new install when I got done.

I also adjusted the star adjusters for my emergency brakes while I was in there. My E brakes were near the top of their useful limit and effectiveness. A few turns on the adjusters and it's good as new.
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I upgraged all 4 rotors and pads over Labor Day weekend. I can definitely tell the difference in stopping. I believe Quadratec had the best price on them though it was only like $5 cheaper. I ordered them on a Tuesday night and they were at my house on Thursday.
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I looked at the BBK's and BRK's before just saying screw it and got the Z36 kit complete. They work like brakes should work. I don't know how much the holes and slots matter but they look cool. LOL. Maybe next time I'll do the 3 piece carbon fiber rotors and 4 piston calipers, sure.
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The PowerStop stuff is good stuff for stock replacement. The stuff they sell for the JK / JKU, at least what I have seen, is all stock level replacement. They do not offer an upgrade kit as far as I have seen for the JK / JKU. But their stuff is nice stuff, and for a good price. If you are happy with the stock braking, but the stock brakes are worn out, the PowerStop option is a great option. I would stay away from the drilled rotors on a JK / JKU (unless yours never goes off road and you simply want the look). But aside from that their kits are great.
If you want to upgrade your brakes, if you have big tires and / or carry or pull heavy loads, there are other companies that offer brake upgrade kits. The main aspect to the upgrade kits is larger rotors. That is where the majority of power increase comes from. You can also upgrade calipers to calipers that us larger pads, but then you typically also need to upgrade the master / booster. For most, a simple set of larger rotors will probably be enough of an upgrade.
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The PowerStop stuff is good stuff for stock replacement. The stuff they sell for the JK / JKU, at least what I have seen, is all stock level replacement. They do not offer an upgrade kit as far as I have seen for the JK / JKU. But their stuff is nice stuff, and for a good price. If you are happy with the stock braking, but the stock brakes are worn out, the PowerStop option is a great option. I would stay away from the drilled rotors on a JK / JKU (unless yours never goes off road and you simply want the look). But aside from that their kits are great.
If you want to upgrade your brakes, if you have big tires and / or carry or pull heavy loads, there are other companies that offer brake upgrade kits. The main aspect to the upgrade kits is larger rotors. That is where the majority of power increase comes from. You can also upgrade calipers to calipers that us larger pads, but then you typically also need to upgrade the master / booster. For most, a simple set of larger rotors will probably be enough of an upgrade.

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