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    The inspection station told me I need to replace my rear brakes. I have never dealt with drums before. I am assuming all I need to replace is the the shoes, correct? I found a kit by omix-ada for 4 brake shoes for $35. Is there 4 per side or is there a total of 8? Also, do I need to replace the drum as well? Thx in advance for the help.
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    There's 2 on each side so 4 all together you'll also want to get all the springs and hardware and a can of brake cleaner, there pretty easy to do should beable to find right ups if you google it.

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    A good tip, do one side at a time, so you can use the other for a reference. Or, take a pic before disassembly, so you can tell what goes where

    The drums can be turned, some parts stores can do this. There is a 'minimum thickness' they can be turned to, and should be stamped on the drum.

    If they look good, I just take a flapper wheel on the mini grinder, and remove the 'lip' that builds up on the edge.

    I bought new drums for my M20 in the CJ, and they weren't bad price wise.


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    Quote Originally Posted by HillBillE View Post
    A good tip, do one side at a time, so you can use the other for a reference. Or, take a pic before disassembly, so you can tell what goes where
    This.

    I tried to take both sides apart to save some time. Yeah, that didn't work out too well. Took me a few hours to figure out how to put it back together. The hardware kit should only be like 20 bucks or so.

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    get a maxipack for it as well, comes with all new springs, cable, and adjuster.

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    Unless the drums have really deep groves from pad wear, don't worry about getting them turned, but if they need to be turned, parts stores can do it. If you need to replace them as well, it won't cost you an arm and a leg. You should be able to find drums for $40 or less on the cheap side.
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    I really like that specialty spring tool.

    mine is like this.

    http://www.denlorstools.com/home/dt1...um_brakes.html

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    you should resurface brake drums and rotors when changing pads and shoes, easy enough with some emery paper or light sandpaper (other poster mentioned) this removes the glaze and provides better performance; Many don't do it-even I have passed it up for time before.

    Drum brakes have a front shoe and rear shoe or primary and secondary, pay attention where the bigger/wider one goes assuming it was done correctly the last time lol.
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    Adjusting is a trick. theres a wheel that spins on the bottom. Put the drum on spin the wheel till the pads touch the drum then back off a bit. Also driving in reverse and hitting the brakes a couple times. you will feel the difference when there grabbing,

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AI8lrt1fREY

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