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Old 06 May 2005, 03:41 am
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Default Rear Drums

anyone replace these? NOT upgrade to discs but just basic maintenance. i dont know much about maintaining of drums. My Jeep Cherokee had rear drums and i do remember that my Fathers mechanic did something to them--but i dont remember?

thanks for any advice.
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Old 08 May 2005, 08:20 am
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Haven't replaced them on my Cruiser, but have on a lot of other
cars.They don't need replacing as much as the fronts as the fronts
do most of the work.I change and rotate my wheels twice a year
and always check the brake linings while I have the wheel off.Hope this helps.
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Old 09 May 2005, 06:14 am
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Not much needs to be done with the brake drum other than to paint the outside with some hi-temp paint or anti-rust paint to prevent them from rusting and to pull them off to inspect the brake linings.
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Old 09 May 2005, 02:10 pm
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I covered my rear drums with spun aluminum disks. If you don't look real hard for the lack of brake caliper, you can't tell that they aren't real whell disks.

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Old 09 May 2005, 08:11 pm
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hey crewzin, pretty sneaky and good! where did you get the proper size disk?
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Old 09 May 2005, 09:44 pm
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quote:Originally posted by deederz

hey crewzin, pretty sneaky and good! where did you get the proper size disk?
I have a new set of drilled disks for the front that I got off eBay, just waiting for the fronts OEMs to wear out. I took one of the new ones to a metal shop and said I wanted disks with the same bolt pattern/drilled hole pattern and same size. I picked the material that was as close to a real disk as possible and he cut me two disks for $50.

Also, you can just see the edge of the drum if you look over the fake disks into the wheel so I painted the drum with Rust-o-liem black to hide them.
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Old 12 May 2005, 12:18 am
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Just got my front brakes done the other day. I originally went in for a $20 oil change, and the manager said that I have less than 10% of the pads left on the brakes and I wouldn't make it to the next oil change. I was feeling it when I stepped on the brakes that it took longer to stop. The shop routinely checks the rear drums, and they cleaned out all the crud, cuz if you don't the shoes don't align properly. Generally the rear drums dont need replacing for a while.
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