Let us know how the drive goes.
Drives great! I love the way it feels!
An interesting thought considering the 5/8" bracket. The suspension characteristics have changed a lot. The car tracks quite differently, and it's almost obnoxious as it is a little jerky. The rear track plays with the front caster a bit in respect that the vehicle is always trying to get into a straight line. The front wheel track and the rear wheel track are almost exactly the same now. Wheel loading on turns has changed, putting more pressure to the rear wheels. Going to have to do the Caravan bearings here at some point. Body roll is much more noticeable. Some good, stiff sway bars will fix that. Although a negligible measurement on the rear, scrub radius is closer to OEM with the wheel hubs being pushed out that extra 5/8" to compensate for positive wheel offset. Time to follow up with coilovers and pillowball mounts all around. With the proper coilover system, and some good sway bars, the car should perform significantly better on turns. Maybe that will be my next planned upgrade.
Been a couple weeks. Still sounds good, feels good, awesome upgrade. I now consider this project done.
That looks great!
I plan to assemble mine together in the spring on my 98 which is now minus its battery since my battery just died in my 99 daily driver and needed a fast transplant.
Definitely one of the better upgrades I've done in a while. Better bang for buck than a custom headerback exhaust.
It's been a little more than a month, and I'm getting a weird rubbing noise. I drive a lot though. I've put on over 3,500 miles since I installed the brakes. I get the feeling I glazed the pads because my stopping effort is really high. Hoses don't look kinked or damaged. I need to get underneath and figure out what the hell is going on. I just rotated my tires a while ago and didn't notice anything at first glance, so what the hell?
5 months and 12,000 miles later, going great. Stopping power is excellent in dry conditions. Brake pedal effort was a result of not having dust shields on the back, and water getting between rotor and pad. Rubbing noise is failing power steering. Couldn't tell the difference between front and rear with that stupid magnaflow muffler on the back droning everything together. Ball joints are going out. None of these problems have anything to do with the rear brake kit at all, except the dust shields. Otherwise, no clearance issues, pads and rotors are wearing evenly, easily the best upgrade I've ever done to a J.
That's great news that it is continuing to work well. Do you plan to put dust shields on? Can you use the old drum brake backs to serve for this?
I plan to use dust shields just before I put on my M62 and while I'm doing my coilovers, and yes I still have the drum shield. I could probably use that with a little bit of tweaking. It isn't quite big enough for full coverage on my 18" wheel, but some shielding is better than none. The real question this month is going to be whether or not I get to keep my ricer bumper and coilovers...
I am planning on using regular stock 16" LS alloys (powdercoated to black) on my 98 Cav. The original drum brake dust covers should be just fine for those wheels don't you think?
Please post some pics when you install yours as part of your coilover upgrade.
Your movies were helpful and will come in handy this spring when the weather finally improves enough for me to get back into things.