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rear Brake calipers

I need to replace my rear brake pads but the parts store want to know which calipers I have. I live a ways out of town and have to use the Jeep to pick up parts. How can I tell which caliper I have , to insure I get the correct pads?
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Old 12-21-2011, 10:01 PM
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There is only one kind of rear caliper for the 99-04 WJs.

However, they started with a Teves brand caliper on the front, then in 2002 they changed to a superior akebono caliper due to a rotor warping problem. This may be why they ask, but no matter what is up front the rears are the same.

To tell them apart, the Teves calipers use a wire like spring across the bracket, the akebonos do not.
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Re: rear Brake calipers

Thanks for the quick and very helpful reply.
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Re: rear Brake calipers

No problem, glad to help!

Check this link for more info, http://wjjeeps.com/brakes.htm
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Re: rear Brake calipers

I wonder if it's worth it to convert an old style brake on a WJ to the newer Akebono? On Just For Jeeps they want $316.80 just for the front.
Anyone here switched to all steel brake lines and think it's a good upgrade?
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Re: rear Brake calipers

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I wonder if it's worth it to convert an old style brake on a WJ to the newer Akebono? On Just For Jeeps they want $316.80 just for the front.
Anyone here switched to all steel brake lines and think it's a good upgrade?
I have heard that it is, and since one of the retainer springs on my front broke off I should probably do so soon. From my understanding the Akebonos use a different bracket, but the bracket mounts to the hub the same. My plan is to just buy a set of Akebono calipers with brackets included from Rockauto, plus pads and rotors of my choice, probably from R1 concepts. Im pretty sure this will work, hopefully someone will correct me if it doesn't.
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@01Grand: Sounds good, any certain brake pad material you prefer? (Ceramic, Metallic, etc.)
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@01Grand: Sounds good, any certain brake pad material you prefer? (Ceramic, Metallic, etc.)
I have been partial to ceramic as they have less visible dust compared to semi-metallic pads. I haven't done any testing back and forth on my jeep to say if one material brakes better than the other, and there seem to be lots of mixed reviews around the net. And comparing semi-met on my wife's 5 lb PT cruiser to ceramics on my 2+ ton jeep would be useless, lol. That said I have no problem with the ceramics, the jeep still stops just fine, normal or hard brakeing. I also used drilled and slotted rotors currently, although after some research I will probably replace them with drilled only or go back to blanks when I upgrade the calipers.
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I have heard that it is, and since one of the retainer springs on my front broke off I should probably do so soon. From my understanding the Akebonos use a different bracket, but the bracket mounts to the hub the same. Im pretty sure this will work, hopefully someone will correct me if it doesn't.
So are you saying that you can use your Akebono front calipers on the rears??
I'm willing to give it a go as I need new pads and rotors for the rear and have a spare set of front Akebono calipers.
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I have no idea if the akebonos would fit on the rear but I doubt they would. The rears are a smaller single piston caliper with a non vented smaller rotor with a drum on the inside for the parking brake. The pads would probably be too thick and the bracket mounts wouldn't match up.
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