In Part One of YJ Rehab, we showed you how to restore the suspension and upgrade the fuel system on a 1994 Jeep Wrangler Sahara. In this exciting episode, we’ll show you how to rebuild a set of rear drum brakes.
Would we have preferred to do a rear disc conversion? Yes. But several came with the warning “may not fit stock wheels.” Since the point of this frame-off was to bring the Jeep back to near-factory condition, that made disc brakes a no-go right off the bat.
While we don’t mind drum brakes, they can be a handful for the uninitiated and are no walk in the park when compared to installing disc brakes. But with a little patience, a couple of hours work, and some parts from Summit Racing, you can give your drums a ground-up rebuild. The parts themselves are relatively inexpensive when you compare it to a disc upgrade. Just the Crown Rear Drum Master Kit alone will get you most of the way to the goal. From there, we replaced the brake line, emergency and parking brake cables, and wheel cylinders. Keep in mind, drum brakes tend to need more attention than discs, so it’s a good idea to periodically inspect and adjust them.
With the brakes finished, the next task is to prep the body and reunite it with our refreshed chassis. In the meantime, here’s how drum brakes get good.