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Brake Upgrade for CJ3A
02/06/18 at 09:06:17
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Gents,
Looking for some advice from the "A Team" here.  I've got a set of factory brakes on my 50 3A, I have nev er been happy with them.  They seem to require continual adjustment and service, the brake pedal is hard to push and it just seems that they are much less effective than they should be.

I've got two roads to go down here, I can tear the brakes a part and do a complete factory re-build, my fear is that I will end up with what I have now, or I can do an upgrade, what do you guys suggest?  Does anyone have a good upgrade that is relatively easy to install?  What are your thougths, looking for suggestions.
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Re: Brake Upgrade for CJ3A
Reply #1 - 02/06/18 at 16:58:19
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I'm currently restoring a 1950 CJ3A and I have decided to go with 11" brakes all around. The stock 16" wheels fit over these brakes. I'm using 1972 CJ5 brake parts. The other option was disc brakes from a GEO Tracker. i bought the bolt on  brackets to hold the calipers and the rest of the parts are stock Tracker. The reason for not going this way was that the stock 16" wheels do not fit over the caliper.
  

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Re: Brake Upgrade for CJ3A
Reply #2 - 02/11/18 at 07:20:31
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With 11" brakes it will stop on a dime and there is very little modification that needs to be done to make them fit.
  

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Re: Brake Upgrade for CJ3A
Reply #3 - 02/11/18 at 11:47:46
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I have the 11" brakes also and am very happy with them.  Be advised that the primary shoe is in the opposite position as with the 9" brakes.  I am forgetting which is which, but I believe the primary shoe goes in the rear position whereas it is in the front position on the 9" brakes.  But don't take my word for it! Huh
  

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Re: Brake Upgrade for CJ3A
Reply #4 - 02/13/18 at 12:38:51
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Several years ago I got an 11" kit from Mile High Jeep in Denver for our CJ5.  They stop the Jeep with authority.  I am very happy with this up grade and I am planing on putting the 11" brakes on my 52 M-38.
  

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Re: Brake Upgrade for CJ3A
Reply #5 - Today at 18:53:46
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Thanks guys, couple questions, the 9 and 11 inch brakes mentioned here, are these the size of the brake shoe using the original drums, and master/ wheel cylinders or are we talking about a set of disc brakes with external calipers and discs?  Additional Qusetion, Mile High Jeep in Denver, do they have a web site?  I looked for them and they didn't come up in a google search.  Thanks Gun
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Re: Brake Upgrade for CJ3A
Reply #6 - Today at 20:44:38
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Drum brakes are measured by the inside diameter of the brake drum. 9" is stock for an early CJ. In the '70s CJs went to self adjusting 11" drum brakes. This is what most 11" conversion parts are based on. Early Wagons and Trucks also used 11" brakes but they are less desirable.
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