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Brake pads for LJ running 31s?

OldBuzzard

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Yeah, I thought that camper would tilt the equation toward Yes. I don't mind sending my money toward Blaine, I've collected plenty of his knowledge from various threads. And I already have some of his stuff on my Jeep.
 
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If you don't want to pony up for the BM pads, the EBC yellow truck pads will give good results. I went with yellow when I first got my Jeep and it was a noticeable improvement over stock.
I now run the 16" BM setup with the 35's.
 
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Some people on here will scoff, but I drive a stock 2006 LJR on 31" BFG KO2 tires. When I discovered that previously someone had done a driveway brake job and installed all of the brake pads upside down and backwards I replaced them with O'Reilly's store brand ceramic pads. Around $100, TTTOTD.
The biggest difference, though, was bleeding them. The bleeder screws were rusted and rounded off. I got them out and replaced them with speed bleeders, which work fine. I bled out the entire system until I got clean brake fluid at every corner. Stops on a dime and I can coast to a stop (like I was taught) without penalty. I figure these brakes will be good forever.
 

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I hope that included the rotors, store brand pads for $100 seems high or I guess not what I'd do.
https://www.oreillyauto.com/detail/...ive-suv-2006-jeep-wrangler?q=brake+pads&pos=4

https://www.oreillyauto.com/detail/...ive-suv-2006-jeep-wrangler?q=brake+pads&pos=5

Front and rear ceramic pads with lifetime warranty. With Veteran's 10% discount I also got a big bottle of brake fluid and the speed bleeders for just over $100. I don't know the 'usual' price of brake pads as I have only bought them three times in my life. These don't make any noise and they stop, right now. There was minimal wear on the rotors and they are not warped.
 
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Well, Boogie, I didn't think it was either. I discovered it right after I bought the Jeep and got it home. I was making a horrible noise, so I downshifted and coasted to a stop as much as possible. Now, I wish I had taken pictures. Also, the brake fluid was black, so I don't know if something else was added. I flushed the entire system three times to get clear fluid. That was probably eight years ago and no brake issues since then.
 

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Some people on here will scoff, but I drive a stock 2006 LJR on 31" BFG KO2 tires. When I discovered that previously someone had done a driveway brake job and installed all of the brake pads upside down and backwards I replaced them with O'Reilly's store brand ceramic pads. Around $100, TTTOTD.
The biggest difference, though, was bleeding them. The bleeder screws were rusted and rounded off. I got them out and replaced them with speed bleeders, which work fine. I bled out the entire system until I got clean brake fluid at every corner. Stops on a dime and I can coast to a stop (like I was taught) without penalty. I figure these brakes will be good forever.
That works until it doesn't.
 

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Man, you got that right, they're really proud of those yellows. Designed for "fast street use" aka street racing. I don't do much of that in my Wrangler. ;) I think I'll stick with the BMB pads.
Well, I went to order BMB pads with Centric rotors, but BMB just raised the prices on everything, and by a lot on the rear set, between yesterday and today. Drat! Re-rethinking.
 

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Well, I went to order BMB pads with Centric rotors, but BMB just raised the prices on everything, and by a lot on the rear set, between yesterday and today. Drat! Re-rethinking.
We held as long as we could but something has to happen when several of the parts go up by 100%.
 

pagrey

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Well, I went to order BMB pads with Centric rotors, but BMB just raised the prices on everything, and by a lot on the rear set, between yesterday and today. Drat! Re-rethinking.
Do the front pads from Blaine if you can swing it. I don't think there's a problem mixing front/rear and the front pads will make the biggest difference in my opinion.
 
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OldBuzzard

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Do the front pads from Blaine if you can swing it. I don't think there's a problem mixing front/rear and the front pads will make the biggest difference in my opinion.
I've been considering that.

On the other hand, I imagine Blaine's pads are at their best with 35 inch (or bigger) aired-down grippy tires going straight down the side of a cliff. Do I really need them with my little 31 inchers? I can already lock up my tires on pavement with whatever brakes the PO installed.

I'm thinking about a premium set of rotors, hybrid (metal & ceramic) pads, and calipers from a good brand, perhaps Raybestos.

Decisions, decisions.
 

pagrey

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I'm thinking about a premium set of rotors, hybrid (metal & ceramic) pads, and calipers from a good brand, perhaps Raybestos
Rockauto, I would not get premium rotors personally. I've been pretty hard on mine and they haven't warped or cracked. Ask Blaine about calipers, those are important and if they aren't leaking I wouldn't touch them. People generally like the feel of Blaines pads, it's not about going off a cliff or anything. I'd go ceramic if you skip the BM pads and not hybrid. Raybestos doesn't really do anything for me as a brand.