Jeep Therapy Brakes
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By: Jeep Layton - 1/2001



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Slightly relocated proportioning valve with stainless steel lines.
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The shackle reversal forced the relocation of the proportioning valve.
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A slight modification to the brake lines needed to be made so that the brake line would clear the rear shock.

Now that the suspension issues were worked out, it was time to get started on the 'chassis plumbing' - fuel, brakes, power steering, etc. As with other items on Jeep Therapy, some of this would be straightforward, while others would take come customization. Brakes came first.

Not wanting to make it harder than it needed to be, I called up 4WDHardware and ordered a set of Classic Tubing Stainless Steel brake lines for a CJ7. The part of this that was straightforward I won't detail here, as brakeline installation can be pretty boring. However, there were 2 sections that were not obvious.

With the shackle reversal, the front springs rear ends had shackles through the frame at the rear end of the springs. This turns out to be only a few inches in front of the proportioning valve (which was replaced with new due to age). This meant the left front brake line would interfere with the spring shackle under compression. Using a custom line ordered direct from classic tube, the interfering front line was re-routed back, up over the top of the framerail, then forward to the fitting.

As always, one custom thing leads to another. With the new rear shock towers made in an earlier article, the rear shocks were mounted a couple inches further forward than stock. This meant the rear brakeline didn't quite fit, but hit the shock. A few minutes with a tubing bender & the interference was removed. Not shown are the SS braided flexlines on the front & rear.


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