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Old 03-06-2006, 10:10 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Question I want myABS system gone.

I have an 89 xj with the abs braking system. I was wondering how do I disconnect that worthless system and just have regular non-abs brakes? I'm sure someone has done this before so any help would be great.
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I am not sure if you have the same system on your '89, but I removed the fuses, relays and sensors from my '96 XJ and everything is fine.
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I'll give that a try. Awhile back I removed the fuses but that only made things worse. The reason I am mainly doing this is because me abs pump never shuts offs.
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Old 03-07-2006, 08:56 AM   #5 (permalink)
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Removing the fuse should disable the system from working. There would have to be some kind of short for it to still get power. Why not instead reroute the brake lines and remove the system all together. This wouldn't be too tough for a good experienced mechanic,someone that knows how to double flare some lines and plumb the lines around the ABS to the brakes ,bypassing the system all together.Just need the lines to run to the proportioning valve from the master cylinder just like in the old days. It may be simpler to find the short and fix the wiring,ABS can be a lifesaver on the street.
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Old 03-07-2006, 09:25 AM   #6 (permalink)
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I just removed the sensors from mine on my 95 YJ. No problems other then the light on the dash that says ABS is always on. I did not use a proportioning valve. I did all of this when I installed an 8.8 rear axle in it. Everything is working just fine. You could always try disconecting the power source from the ABS pump also.
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No problems other then the light on the dash that says ABS is always on.
I have black electrical tape covering mine!!
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Old 03-07-2006, 05:25 PM   #8 (permalink)
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I have black electrical tape covering mine!!

Why not just pull the bulb??
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Old 03-07-2006, 06:08 PM   #9 (permalink)
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On my 90 XJ the ABS went south. The unit under the coolant tank on the passenger side went out. Instead of replacing it, I yanked that unit, the lines to and from it, and the master cylinder that is used with the ABS system.

I went to the parts store and got a MC and vacuum booster setup for a 90, and it bolted right in. A couple of double flared brake lines and a proportioning valve later, I was in business...

Need to still yank the rest of the ABS components, but I can drive the thing now...
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Old 03-08-2006, 05:41 PM   #10 (permalink)
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Unless the ABS is integral w/the master cylinder ,the master cylinder and power booster will work just fine w/o the ABS system. There is no reason to change to anything different,the brake system operates independent of the ABS unless it is activated. In other words,there is nothing different about the brake system when you remove the ABS system,and it works the same as before,just no ABS function.
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In my case, when that unit went bad, braking got real hard because there is no power booster.

Easier to swap it out, in my case.
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