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Akebono Brake Upgrade?

So I need to do my brakes and I have heard that if you upgrade to Akebono then the rotors will not warp as easily. If someone could give me more info that would be great. Do I need to replace the calipers as well or just the rotors and pads?
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Re: Akebono Brake Upgrade?

The Akebono upgrade is in fact new Akebono calipers. They are much better then the original Teves calipers, but its not a 100% insurance for not warping the rotors anymore. I think its a good thing when upgrading to the Akebono calipers, to change the rotors and pads as well. But they can be from different brands. Not sure even if Akebono makes rotors.
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Re: Akebono Brake Upgrade?

Awesome thanks for the information!
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Re: Akebono Brake Upgrade?

The Mopar upgrade pack comes with the calipers and pads. You can choose to fit new rotors or not.

I personally got the whole lot changed out. Two years (~4000k miles) and my rotors are now warped again but I have no respect for the breaks and use them hard.
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Re: Akebono Brake Upgrade?

Jeep #1 ('01 WJ) had trashed front pads & rotors and a questionable Teves caliper. The Mopar Akebono kit (online) was less than $200 delivered, which I thought was a great deal for new calipers and pads with no core exchange. Even the parts guy at the dealer was shocked at how good the price was, and they were going to charge me $279+tax.

Jeep #2 has fairly new Teves pads and rotors, so I'll stay with them until they wear out or warp. The swap is pretty easy, I just don't like having to bleed brakes.
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Re: Akebono Brake Upgrade?

my experience with the teves has been decent. I believe a culprit for the warping is not greasing the slide pins. The pins are not completely enclosed by a rubber grommet or bushing like most all brake calipers which can lead to rusting, freezing pins; eventually warping rotors because a portion of the slide pin is exposed to weathering. That being said i generally pull mine and grease them with synthetic brake caliper grease every Oil change. My braking is even. The pedal is a touch spongy, but very effective overall.
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Re: Akebono Brake Upgrade?

My 2002 just made the akebono brake changeover. They still warped twice about every two years. I finally went to Ebay and bought vented slotted rotors and ceramic pads. I heard mixed stories about the Asian products, All four wheels for less than $300. I have had great luck with them. They stop better than new jeep rotors and pads ever did. It's been 3 years now and they are as smooth as ever. The only objection I have to them is noise. There is a fluttering noise from the rears caused by the venting. No big deal.
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