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    1963 cj5 Hello! Need brake advice

    Hello, new to this forum, but owned my cj for past 13 years, No problems with it, really, but now I'd like to do a complete brake job, maybe add front disks if possible??? an maybe a booster, even if I mostly have to keep all drums. Any brake advice appreciated!

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    Two Comments:

    A. The original hydraulic brakes, if they are properly maintained, do everything needed to stop that little CJ-5. Just an opinion - discs are an overkill.

    B. Go get the KWAS catalog - they have every brake part you would ever need - even a disc brake upgrade kit if you want to go that way.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LarrBeard View Post
    Two Comments:

    A. The original hydraulic brakes, if they are properly maintained, do everything needed to stop that little CJ-5. Just an opinion - discs are an overkill.

    B. Go get the KWAS catalog - they have every brake part you would ever need - even a disc brake upgrade kit if you want to go that way.
    Thanks LB. I'm leaning toward just a complete drum & shoe overhaul. Although I think I'll include a dual master & booster. Long term, if the gearing can stand it, I'd like to replace 4 cyl with in-line 6 or mayby buick v-6. So I want it to stop well.

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    You wrote:

    " if the gearing can stand it, I'd like to replace 4 cyl with in-line 6 or mayby buick v-6."

    As far as pure strength is concerned, the gearing can stand it. The issue with these little guys is that the standard gear ratio for the differentials was 5.38:1. The larger engines may deliver more torque, but they are still going to be hi-RPM if you want to cruise at 55 or 60 MPH.

    Good luck!
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    Thanks for letting me know!

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