(This kit fits the majority of 15 inch rims.)
This is a bolt in larger front disk kit for the following Jeep Models-1990-2006 Wrangler, all Comanches, all Cherokees 90-2000 and all Grand Chrerokees up through 98.
The kit includes modified knuckles, dual piston calipers, new pads and rotors. We've built this system to fit most 15 inch rims that have 4.5 inches or less of backspacing when run with an ideal tire size of 37s or smaller. In a lot of cases the unit bearing flange may have to be ground down slightly to fit inside the rotor hat, the rest of the kit is bolt on and requires no other modifications to the rig. It can be used with most after market steering kit that bolt brackets to the knuckle, call for details on any particular steering kit you plan on installing or have installed.
The kit was designed to do away with inherent weaknesses in these Jeep front brake systems while reinforcing the knuckle to be able to handle the pressure of a Hydroboost.. The cast iron sliders that hold the brake pads tend to flex under heavy braking loads. The ears on the pad backing plates rubbing against these cast iron sliders tend to cause divots. Those divots will catch the pad and only allow part of the pad to be used. If you've applied your brakes in a hard stop situation and felt the pedal going down and the vehicle wouldn't come to a faster stop like normal vehicles you've probably experience one or both of the problems mentioned above.
Due to one side flexing more then the other, or divots on either side they're can be lesser braking on one side of the vehicle. One of the symptoms of this is the vehicle pulling to one side or the other when you stop. There's no guarantee that is why your Jeep is pulling but this kit has solved the problem on over 50% of the vehicles using it at this time.
We incorporate dual piston caliper to evenly distribute the clamping forces over the swept area of the pad. The current single piston calipers have a tendency to lock one end of the pad in the divot and then bow the pad inwards in a uneven manner. Rotor size has been maximized to allow fitment into most 15" rims. The caliper bracket mounting area on the steering knuckle has been strengthened and reinforced to endure the higher forces generated by the larger brakes.
Please call for details on any particular steering kit you plan on installing or have installed.
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ďAll I can say is WOW! I got through the install this weekend with no issues
at all, well, no issues with the kit anyway. Once we got the problems with
my rig sorted out everything went on as expected and was great quality and
fit. The brake performance is amazing now. I was not able to do any form of
panic stop before the kit and I have no trouble locking up the fronts now.
Thus far I honestly feel this was some of the best money I have spent on the
Vanco note: This was an e-mail a review will be written soon. The issues was a bad tie rod end he needed to change.
Braking performance with the new Vanco upgrade kit is absolutely incredible! I simulated a couple panic stops from 35mph to zero and damn-you'd better be wearing your seatbelt that's for sure! The nose of the Jeep dives so hard that it literally feels like the ass end is coming off the ground! Braking is absolutely incredible. Under normal driving conditions, they feel great-stop much better than before, and behave really quite nicely, with great pedal feel. Once you start getting cocky though and start mashing the pedal down a bit faster/harder is when you really start to unleash the beast within this kit, and where you'll see the biggest performance increase. I really can't believe it-FINALLY there is a bolt-on kit that address's the TJ's horrible brake issues from the factory, and does a great job at it at that.
I'd highly recommend this kit to anyone looking for better brake performance out of their TJ/LJ's.
THANKS VERY MUCH VAN AND BLAINE-EXCELLENT WORK!!!
Best of Luck,
Vanco note: This review can be found here.
This weekend I got a chance to practice some 80mph-0mph stops (legally and safely). The improvement over the old brakes is incredible. The pedal felt firm, no brake fade, and the Jeep stopped straight, it didn't get squirrely like it would previously. I hit the brakes hard enough to be on the verge of locking up, and was able to hold it there without locking up any of the tires.
Besides the cool sound of a 35" MTRs getting squishy under hard braking, I love the way the g forces press you into the seat belt. Don't try this at home without a seat belt, or your face is going to be planted against the windshield.
Vanco note: Pat is running the Hydroboost and disc kit, the review can be found here.
All I can say is that after installing this kit, I was absolutely grinning from ear-to-ear and stunned on how dramatically my Wrangler's braking performance had improved. I can now actually lock up my front brakes with 35" Goodyear MT/R tires, something I couldn't have even come CLOSE to before. I didn't measure braking distances before and after but based on what my brakes couldn't do before and now can do easily, the braking improvement is dramatic. Anytime you can lock up your brakes with 35" tires with only moderate brake pedal pressure, you've found the Holy Grail of Jeep braking. And yes, the front brakes lock up before the rears do as they should for good controllability
Vanco note: This review can be found here.