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 Post subject: pitman arm /brakes
 Post Posted: Mon Oct 20, 2008 9:44 am 
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Have a couple questions

first my pitman arm nut keeps coming loose. have had to tighten 2 times in the last 2 months. do you (anybody) think i need to get new nut or just locktite it?
It makes for a white knuckeled drive when it starts coming loose.

now my brakes. I had problems down in the Badlands with my brakes getting very hot and not giving any stopping power my tj has an auto trans so on the trails i had to ride my brakes to keep from getting to close to front vehicle. i have rebuilt the rear brakes with cyl/hardware and shoes. its great in town my question is an oppinion question. i am looking at getting cross drilled rotors and performanc pads. does anybody run these and whats the general oppinion. do you think this will give me better stopping power off road.
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 Post subject: Re: pitman arm /brakes
 Post Posted: Mon Oct 20, 2008 3:38 pm 
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Since it keeps coming loose, I'd be concerned that the joint is moving under the nut causing it to loosen. Is the taper in the hole in the arm in good condition or is it worn? You may need to replace the arm to fix this.

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 Post subject: Re: pitman arm /brakes
 Post Posted: Mon Oct 20, 2008 5:05 pm 
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Is the pitman arm nut properly torqued?

As for brakes... 1) Are you leaving it in drive, or 3rd gear the whole time? Or are you manaually down shifting to 1st or 2nd to help control your speed? I had an auto in my TJ and never had the issue you describe. I usually ran the trails in 4low, and 3rd gear on the tranny, if I needed to go slower, I'd just down shift. 2) For what you'll be doing, you'll probably want to stay away from cross drilled rotors, dirt and rock can get stuck in them and tear up your pads, also, alot of cross drilled rotors will crack between holes when they get hot. The reason cross drilled rotors came out was for races to lighten the weight of thier rotating mass.

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 Post subject: Re: pitman arm /brakes
 Post Posted: Mon Oct 20, 2008 8:23 pm 
i second the cross drilled rotors cracking. They can play "connect the dots"


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