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Brake And Steering Systems Buyer's Guide - 4WD Tech

Castrol Brake Fluid
James J. Weber | Writer
Posted October 1, 2008

Keep Your Rig Under Control

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,

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,

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,

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,

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,

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