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Old 05-16-2011, 04:59 PM   #1 (permalink)
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81 CJ7 brake assembly

Front brake assembly, CJ7. I took it apart, got new pads and calipers, and for the life of me, I can't figure out how it goes back together. I have one spare clip, and I don't know where it goes. I understand where the long hair pin goes. Does anyone have a picture or a breakdown?
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Old 05-16-2011, 06:51 PM   #2 (permalink)
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What year? My 1985, doesn't have clips.

The brake pads slide onto the rails, via the slots in the ends of the brake pad.

The caliper, slides up under the top rail, and hinges down at the bottom.

A 7mm hex allen wrench is used to tighten and loosen the caliper pin/ bolts on the inside.

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Old 05-16-2011, 07:33 PM   #3 (permalink)
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thanks Wally. Guess my new calipers came with some extra parts? Mine's an 81 axle, but it's in the 47 Willys now.
I think I got it assembled, but I'll be damned, I can't fit my wheels over the discs. Could have sworn the rims being off an 78 would have fit....
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Wait a sec, is that 7mm on the top or bottom of the bracket? Maybe I have my brackets on upside down. These brackets bolt on with 2 7/16ths bolts to the knuckles, btw.
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Old 05-16-2011, 07:45 PM   #5 (permalink)
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I just finished up building a passenger drop high pinion 30 housing about a month ago and had my axle all apart, BUT I didn't take the brake brackets off.

The 7mm hex allen wrench is to bolt the caliper onto the bracket that is bolted to the knuckle.

IIRC the brake brackets that bolt to the outer knuckle, that the calipers bolt too, came from the factory with graded star shaped heads on the bolts. So its possible that they could be side specific, but I am not sure on that?

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I'm betting they changed mounting in 82 when it went to wide track. Mine is the ford style caliper with a hair pin spring to hold the calipers into the brackets.
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That would make sense. Sorry, my info wasn't much help.

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Old 05-17-2011, 09:24 AM   #8 (permalink)
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My jeep is an 81 and there should have 1 spring clip, 1 slide clip and an oversized Allen head screw, the spring goes under the slide clip, together they slide between the caliper and the bracket, and the screw holds them in, any questions
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Old 05-17-2011, 10:48 AM   #9 (permalink)
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I'm betting they changed mounting in 82 when it went to wide track. Mine is the ford style caliper with a hair pin spring to hold the calipers into the brackets.
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My jeep is an 81 and there should have 1 spring clip, 1 slide clip and an oversized Allen head screw, the spring goes under the slide clip, together they slide between the caliper and the bracket, and the screw holds them in, any questions
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Old 05-19-2011, 11:47 AM   #10 (permalink)
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My jeep is an 81 and there should have 1 spring clip, 1 slide clip and an oversized Allen head screw, the spring goes under the slide clip, together they slide between the caliper and the bracket, and the screw holds them in, any questions
One big question, can you please snap a picture or 3 of the set up? I got an idea how it goes together now, but does the allen screw go on the topside of the bracket and toward the wheel? Or down and away from the wheel? Or down and toward? And do the hoses come in from the top or the bottom?
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Give me your email and I'll get them today or tomorrow , I know the screw goes below the caliper you may have your brackets swapped
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I sent the pic let of know if you need a better pic
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I sent the pic let of know if you need a better pic
Perfect! Thank you! Got them straightened out and put on correctly, bled, and it works!
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