Brake And Steering Systems Buyer's Guide - 4WD TechPosted in Product Reviews on October 1, 2008
Two of the most important systems on your vehicle are its brake system and steering system, both of which from time to time get neglected or, through normal wear and tear, require replacement of some key components. Without either of these systems in place, your vehicle can be rendered not driveable rather quickly, especially if a component should go bad after a hard day of trail driving. With that said, we felt it important to identify and present to you some of today's hottest items for each of these systems. Everything from fluid to complete brake and steering systems has been included for your stopping and steering safety.
Castrol GT LMA Brake Fluid
Castrol's high-quality brake fluid makes it the ideal choice for your rockcrawler given that it has been engineered to maintain a higher boiling point than conventional brake fluids. Castrol's brake fluid exceeds DOT 3 and DOT 4 requirements. Its unique Low Moisture Activity (LMA) formula provides maximum protection against vaporlock system failures. The LMA fluid also offers superior protection against chloride and zinc corrosion often found within braking-system components.For more information, contact: Castrol, (800) 462-0835, www.castrol.com.
BrakeQuip Thread Gauge Kit
When running new brake lines from the master cylinder to your flexible lines, this handy kit will make life a lot easier. Included in each kit are 16 of the most popular sizes commonly used on braking systems, including both metric and imperial sizes. The gauges also come in male and female types and have hardened threads for many years of service. As an added bonus, the male-thread gauge has been designed with a seat, so you're able to use it as a plug. Each gauge is color-coded in groups for quick selection.For more information, contact: BrakeQuip LLC, (877) 431-0075, www.brakequip.com.
PSC JK Steering System
If you've installed 35-inch-or-larger tires on your '06-'08 JK Wrangler, then this is a must-have kit. Completely bolt-on, PSC's Extreme Duty Cylinder Assist Kit consists of a new steering gear, steering pump, and steering cylinder with mounting hardware. A custom aluminum steering reservoir is also included with each kit along with all of the necessary hoses and fittings.For more information, contact: PSC Motorsports, (817) 270-0102, www.pscmotorsports.com.
Ididit '76-'86 Jeep CJ-5 and CJ-7 Steering Column
Ididit's line of tilt floor-shift steering columns is now available for all '76-'86 Jeep CJ-5 and CJ-7 models. Standard features include eight position tilt settings, turn signals with four-way flashers, two matched keys for the electronic ignition switch that is built-in, and welded mounting tabs for easy installation. The columns are available in a variety of finishes, including paintable steel, chrome, and black powdercoat.For more information, contact: Ididit Inc., (517) 424-0577, www.ididit.com.
SSBC Front Big Brake Drum-to-Disc Conversion Kit
SSBC's non-power drum-to-disc-brake conversion kit is available for '70-'86 Jeep CJ-7 models. The conversion kit not only decreases stopping distance but also provides increased performance for the rig either on or off the road. Each conversion kit contains new calipers, new pads, and a new 12-inch rotor that is available in slotted, drilled, or plated configurations. All of the necessary mounting hardware is included, and installation is achieved in only a couple hours.For more information, contact: Stainless Steel Brakes Corp., (800) 448-7722, www.ssbrakes.com.
BrakeQuip Tube Straightener
Bending an annealed brake line while off-roading is never a good thing. Trying to bend it back or restraighten it is even worse, especially when trying to do so without the proper tool. The tube straightener makes straightening light-wall-annealed tubing from 3/16 inch to 1/2 inch a snap.For more information, contact: BrakeQuip LLC, (877) 431-0075, www.brakequip.com.
Hawk Performance HPS Brake Pads
Hawk Performance's HPS brake pads for '90-'06 Jeep Wrangler YJ, TJ and Cherokee XJ, MJ, ZJ provide advanced braking characteristics. They increase your braking performance thanks to their unique ferro-carbon pad compound, which combines the safety and quality of aerospace design with the braking technology of motorsports. Hawk HPS pads deliver high friction and torque with low rotor wear. They are long-wearing with low dust and are virtually noise-free.For more information, contact: Hawk Performance (800) 542-0972 www.hawkperformance.com
TeraFlex Disc-Brake Conversion Kit
TeraFlex's disc-brake conversion kit has been designed to fit all Jeep TJ, XJ, and ZJ models. The ideal conversion kit for anyone looking to upgrade their axle and brake system all at once, the kit has been designed as a complete bolt-on upgrade to replace the factory drum brakes. Specific kits are available for Dana 35 and Dana 44 applications. Included with each kit are rotors, calipers, mounting hardware, and an internal drum brake emergency brake.For more information, contact: Tera Manufacturing Inc., (801) 288-2585, www.teraflex.biz.
Rugged Ridge Heavy-Duty Tie Rod
Rugged Ridge's HD tie rod is fabricated from 1-1/4-inch 1018 cold-rolled steel tubing that has been pierced and drawn through dies to produce a wall thickness of 1/4 inch. Each assembly is supplied with two heavy-duty 7/8-inch rod ends that have standard tapered Jeep ends to fit stock knuckle applications. All rod ends come complete with dust shields, castle nuts, cotter pins, two jam nuts, and zerk fittings.For more information, contact: Rugged Ridge, (770) 614-6101, www.ruggedridgeoffroad.com.
Poly Performance Stainless Steel Brake Lines
Poly Performance's stainless steel brake lines have been specially fabricated for the '07-'08 JK to incorporate the OE mounting brackets. The kit is available for either the front or rear of both two- and four-door models. The brake lines are 23 inches in length and will accommodate lift kits up to 4-1/2 inches in height.For more information, contact: Poly Performance, (805) 783-2060, www.polyperformance.com.
Full-Traction K-Link Steering System
Full-Traction's K-Link steering system is available for Jeep YJ models. The system reduces the angle of the steering components, helping to eliminate bumpsteer commonly found on vehicles that have been lifted in excess of 5 inches over stock. The system also allows for the dynamic ratio to be adjusted compared to stock. The complete system is comprised of six new tie-rod ends, complete add-on idler-arm assembly, two relay rods, and one complete replacement tie-rod assembly.For more information, contact: Full-Traction Suspension (800) 255-6464 www.full-traction.com
Rusty's Off-Road Jeep CJ-7 Steering-Brace Kit
Anyone who has ever owned or who owns a Jeep CJ-7 is familiar with the inherent issues related to the steering-box supports and bracing. To alleviate some of these issues, Rusty's Off-Road has fabricated this steering-box support from 1/4-inch-thick solid steel plate. Included with each support is the necessary hardware for a seamless installation. For that OE look, each support plate is finished with black powdercoat.For more information, contact: Rusty's Off-Road Products, (256) 442-0607, www.rustysoffroad.com.
AGR Super Box 2 Power-Steering Box
AGR's Super Box 2 power-steering box is available for Jeep CJ-5, CJ-8, XJ, TJ, and YJ models and provides a tremendous increase in turning power over the stock steering boxes. Custom-designed with larger pistons and variable turning ratios, the Super Box 2 outperforms the factory Saginaw units. The custom valving has been designed to provide more highway stability and minimal oversteer while driving off-road.For more information, contact: AGR Performance Inc. (817) 626-9006 www.agrperformance.com
Currie Enterprises RockJock Stainless Steel Brake Lines
Currie Enterprises' RockJock braided stainless steel brake lines are available for all '07-'08 Jeep JK models in front and rear configurations. DOT-approved, each kit includes two 23-1/2-inch-long hoses, four copper banjo-bolt washers, frame tabs, clips, and all necessary hardware required for an easy install. Once installed, the hoses will allow for adequate travel on any JK that has been lifted up to 4 inches.For more information, contact: Currie Enterprises (714) 367-2233 www.currieenterprises.com
Energy Suspension Hyper-Flex Sway-Bar Bushings
Energy Suspension's Hyper-Flex performance polyurethane sway-bar bushings provide an increased level of strength and performance to any sway-bar system, OE or aftermarket. Utilizing an increase in the polyurethane material of the bushings, the stability and rigidity of the system is outstanding and benefits greatly. They are available as either greaseable or standard units in either black or red material for a variety of Jeep vehicles, including the TJ, YJ, and XJ models. These bushings will endure anything encountered on or off the road.For more information, contact: Energy Suspension, (949) 361-3935, www.energysuspension.com.
Tomken Extended Rear Brake Lines
Tomken's extended rear brake lines have been manufactured to reduce brake-pedal fade as well as increase the performance of your vehicle's braking system. Currently available for all Jeep CJ-7, YJ, and XJ models, the stainless steel lines are DOT-approved and are 21-1/2 inches long. Each kit includes all of the necessary hardware required for installation.For more information, contact: Tomken Inc., (719) 395-2526, www.tomken.com.
Warrior Products Steering-Box Brace
Warrior Products' steering-box brace is available to fit all CJ, YJ, TJ, and XJ models and has been crafted from high-quality steel plate with a powdercoated finish. All of the necessary hardware is included for a fast and smooth installation.For more information, contact: Warrior Products Inc. (888) 220-6861 www.warriorproducts.com
Rubicon Express Stainless Steel Brake Hoses
Rubicon Express' stainless steel brake hoses have been manufactured to the highest quality and are DOT-approved. The hoses are available for all '07-'08 Jeep JK models in either two- or four-door configurations and include Teflon lining on the inside of the hoses for the ultimate in performance and a reduction in "mushy" pedal responses.For more information, contact: Rubicon Express, (888) 220-6861, www.rubiconexpress.com.