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PowerStop Z36 Extreme Truck and Tow Carbon-Fiber Ceramic Brake Pads; Front Pair (07-18 Jeep Wrangler JK)

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      Video Review & Installation

      Merideth: If you need some better braking performance for your 2007 to 2018 JK Wrangler, these PowerStop Z36 Extreme Truck and Tow Carbon-Fiber Ceramic Brake Pads for the front will be a great choice to take a look into.Now, these will offer 17% more stopping power than the OE pads offering better durability and reliability. Now, that will make it a great choice for the JK owner who's doing a lot of offroading or has a heavier load rating due to heavy armor or larger wheels and tires that require a bit more effort when it comes to stopping the Jeep.Not to mention, these will keep brake dust to a minimum as well as noise if you're a stickler for keeping your wheels clean, as well as want a minimal noise brake pad. These will have a premium carbon-infused ceramic compound offering all of that braking power with no fade.Now, again, these will offer less dust and noise, keeping any annoyances from the pads down while still offering a higher performance. And the pads will also have a direct fitment replacement, as well as a 30-day and 500-mile limited warranty for a little bit of peace of mind there.Now, you're also getting all of the hardware that's necessary in order to install these on your Jeep in the kit, making it a one-stop shop. I also would like to mention that this is just for the front pads, but we do have a rear set available if you're looking to get them for all four corners.Now, brake pads by themselves will generally be affordable and this set is gonna stay true to that at roughly $75. Now, compared to other choices, these will be one of the more durable or high-performance options, especially out of the PowerStop lineup.Now, other choices may be made of different compounds made for different applications like daily driving or light offroading as to where these are going to be able to handle whatever's thrown at them.Now, what I will say is that those other choices are gonna do a great job in those specific applications, but if you were to put it on your Jeep, if you're doing a lot of offroading or if you have a heavier setup, they will fade, or you'll need to replace them a little bit faster.So, I think if you're looking for a generally affordable brake pad that's going to give you the durability that you need off and on road, then this is gonna be a great set. So, install is gonna be a two out of three wrenches on the difficulty meter, taking you about two hours to get the job done with some pretty basic hand tools.Now, at this point, I'm gonna pass you over to one of our customers here. They have installed this on their Wrangler and he's gonna walk you through that process step by step. That's gonna wrap it up for me. Let's go ahead and jump into the install.Man: All right, y'all. So, real simple parts for this installation. I have an impact gun. You need two sockets. We got a 21-millimeter and a 13-millimeter ratchet. You do need a 15-millimeter thin wrench. However, I found that a small adjustable crescent wrench works fine. Flathead screwdrivers to pry off the clips and either a bungee cord or a tie down to hold the piston part of the caliper in place where we work on the pads. And then always just some brake part cleaner to make sure that we get that surface nice and clean while we have everything apart.All right, you guys. So, here's how the brake looks right now. I did paint my rotors just a bit ago just to run through when you do take the tire off and better safe than sorry, I think with safety precautions.So, number one, I chopped the rear tires. We'll put some blocks just to make sure. Number two, I got the emergency brake on. I also have jack stands, but I usually leave the floor jack engaged as well, just so there's a lot of support. Better safe than sorry when you do this.So, just some things as we kind of look through here. Number one, the bolts that we're gonna need are gonna be the two big bolts that we're gonna take off. There's gonna be one right here and the other one is right down here at the bottom, and we'll rotate the caliper in just a minute to see that. And then essentially this bolt right here, this is where you need the slim 15-millimeter adjustable wrench, and then the same one down here, and that's gonna allow us to pull this front part off, and then hang that up.And then on that note as well, since we're gonna swap out the rotor since we have this off, you literally just shimmy off this rotor and put the new one on. Normally, there's some clips there. They are not here right now. I'm assuming the first owner of this car had maybe taken these off before, so they essentially just slide out. Really simple process.All right, y'all. So, the first step here is we are gonna remove this top part of the caliper off, and hang it up so we can get the bottom part off as well. To do that, you got a lower bolt to tilt this a little bit.You got a lower bolt right down here that we're gonna need to take off, and then the upper bolt is right here as well. And again, these are the 13-millimeter bolts with the 15-millimeter crescent wrench on the other side. So, let's go ahead and take those off. Top one and the bottom one. So, now that we have these off, this part, it should just wiggle right out and there you go.Now, this is what you're gonna want to hang up with a bungee cord. I have an extremely long bungee cord, so let's see how we can get this thing. They also make brake hangers as well. So, if you're able to get one of those, even better, but if not, we'll just hang it up over here.Also, you got a little bit of this connector right here. You might wanna pop that off, and that'll alsogive you a little bit more slack right here, and just hang that over there.Okay. So, now we have this part right here with the brake clamps. So, we'll go ahead and pop off the old brake pads and put them on, but before that, I'm gonna take a little bit of a break, and I'm gonna pull this assembly off and throw on these new rotors right here.All right. So, now we got the upper caliper. You can see the brake pads here. And look, I'm gonna be 100% honest, I just replaced my rear ones. And just to show, they were pretty low in the back. I am not the first owner of this jeep. These are actually.... look almost brand new.So, look, probably these do not need to be replaced, but to be honest, I bought all four rounds, and I'd rather change them all at the same time, so I know when they're gonna be running low. So, in order to get this outer part out, which is what we're gonna need to do to get these calipers off, is we're gonna just use the 21-millimeter socket with the impact gun, and you got a low bolt and upper bolt as well. And then this part just shimmies right off.Now, in order to get the pads out, they really simply just slide out, and you can take them out. One thing just to note is where this little clip is, and you can see these go to the different sides here. So, this is the inner pad and in the outer pad. And then also just so you don't get confused, the.... Handle this little a little closer.Obviously, the pads line up with the curvature of the rotor and the wheel as well. So, we'll just pop those two out. Now, here are the clips I was talking about. There is four of them, and they are directional for the different sides of the vehicle.So, you'll have two in the back and two in the front, and if you just kind of look at the angle here, you got a flat side and then you have a curved side with a lip and then this side kind of pops out with this little lip up here. And on the flat side, you just have one really small lip. So, they're pretty easy to differentiate the two sides.And to get them out, just pop them out with a flathead screwdriver. To be honest, I just prefer to do them one by one, so you can make sure you know which one goes. Again, we found the clip. You can see here with the flat side, with the big lip, with a little lip, and the lip on the side. And this one is gonna clip right in here.Usually, it's easier if you take this side that has little spring, and you can push it in. Actually, I should put my right glove back on, and then that part clips right on there. Really, really simple. So, we're gonna go ahead and pop these off, and then get the new ones on.All right. So as you can see, we have all four brand new clips in here. It's always advisable, put a little bit of this ceramic grease. So, this kind of prevents squeaking. You wanna put a little bit of this on the inside of each clip, and that's gonna allow those rotors to sit in there really nicely.All right. And then we're just gonna pop the rotors in. One thing you do wanna make sure is that you avoid getting this grease on the inside of the rotors so they sit in there very nice, and that will definitely affect the braking.So, the new rotors should just shimmy in right there. So, we got front, excuse me, the new calipers, and there we go. Top. Excuse me. So, we have our front and our rear rotors in there. So, I'm gonna melt this part back in here and tighten this up.Excellent. All right, now just a couple of steps left. So, the next thing we're gonna do is put this inner part back on, but in order to do that, we need to make sure it fits on top. So, if you look here, it's kind of a tight fit right now. So, what we're gonna do is we're gonna compress this piston.Now, you can buy a tool at the hardware store to do that. With my rear brakes, I actually had this C-clamp, and it worked just fine to get that piston in where it needed to be. So, we are gonna try that here.I think the one main thing of getting any job done is obviously making sure you have the right tools, but if you do not have those tools available, a lot of times you have things around the garage that can help get that job done.All right. Excellent. Excellent. So, now we'll just put that back on. All right. So, we have the pads put in there. We're gonna want to compress the piston right here to make sure we can fix this around here. You can get a piston compression tool at your local auto dealer. I actually ended up using a C-clamp, which actually worked pretty well, so you just kind of load it in and compress that caliper and it just goes right in. You don't need a lot of pressure to do it. Just pull that off, and we're good to go. You can see this is flush mount on here, and it does fit over here pretty easily.Now, one other thing that we're gonna do before we put this back on is we're gonna apply some of that great component lubricant. We're gonna put it here on the inside of this piston.And again, as it kind of goes in and out, that's gonna prevent those pads from squeaking. And we're also gonna apply it to the backside of both of these parts right here, which are gonna come in contact with the outer brake pad. Should be good right there. A healthy amount on there should be good to go.All right. Now, as you have this apart, it's always good to inspect these boots and make sure these are lubricated. If you do do some hardcore offroading, these might get a lot of dirt in them, and you always wanna make sure you keep them clean and they have a nice...They're able to kind of expand and contract very nicely. You also wanna make sure those boots are on there.They do just pop right off, and if you need to pick up some aftermarket ones at the auto store, you can do that and they're I think five or six dollars. Mine are good. I did paint my brake caliper, so they are covered with paint but they're in good shape as well. So, not really necessary to replace them right now.So, we're gonna slide this right back in place. All right. Press this part right here and screw's going. One. I do have a little bit of that lubricant on my finger so that doesn't help. Okay. Pop this back into place, and then we're just gonna take that 13-millimeter and crescent wrench to tighten up the bottom ones.Okay. There we go. Beautiful. All right. Now, we should be good to go. It's back together. We got our old brake pads and clips we can dispose of.To be honest, since we have the car apart, I always like to spray some brake cleaner on the rotors, make sure everything's nice and clean. Get rid of as much of that muck as we can. So, when we're starting, we got fresh pads, we're gonna have a great brake in, and this is really gonna help increase our stopping power of the car especially when you start adding mods like suspension lifts, bigger tires that have a higher rotating mass, winches, bumpers, fenders, all that just adds weight to the car. It adds mass and, you know, again when you come to stop, that's gonna put a lot more pressure on your brake pads.So, switching to those carbon fiber ceramic ones from Power Stop, you're gonna really help your car get a little bit extra stopping power, get you stopped in time so we can get it done. So, all we have left is gonna be to do the other side.Merideth: So, that's gonna wrap it up for my review and the install in the PowerStop Z36 Extreme Truck and Tow Carbon-Fiber Ceramic Brake Pads for the front fitting all 2007 to 2018 JK Wranglers. For more videos and products just like this, remember to always keep it right here at

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      Features, Description, Reviews, Q&A, Specs & Installation


      • Extreme Braking Power with No Fade
      • Provides 17% More Stopping Power than OE Pads
      • Intended for Towing, Hauling, and Off-Road Use
      • Premium Carbon-Infused Ceramic Compound
      • Less Dust and Noise Braking
      • Direct Fit Replacement Pads
      • Front Pair - Driver and Passenger Side Pads Included
      • Backed by a 30-Day/500-Mile Limited Warranty
      • Fits All 2007-2018 Jeep Wrangler JK Models


      Extreme Stopping Capability. Level up your Wrangler’s braking capabilities with this set of Z36 Extreme Truck & Tow Carbon-Ceramic Brake Pads. It’s been engineered for superior braking performance, whether you’re on the road or on the trail—guaranteeing up to 17% more stopping power than OE pads.

      Premium Ceramic Construction. Z36 Extreme Truck & Tow brake pads are made out of a premium carbon-fiber infused ceramic material with uniform friction density. This ensures smoother and safer braking without fade. What’s more, these pads have also been thermal scorched to ensure that they work seamlessly with any rotor.

      Low Dust and Noise Braking. The Z36 Extreme Truck & Tow’s premium ceramic construction allows for significantly less dust build-up from braking. And with its squeal-proof shims, these pads emit almost no noise, even when powerful braking is applied.

      Hassle-Free Installation. These Z36 Extreme Tuck & Tow brake pads are designed to conveniently bolt to your Jeep’s stock calipers. Installation is quick and easy with only simple hand tools needed.

      Backed by a 30-Day/500-Mile Limited Warranty. The PowerStop Brake Pads are covered by a 30-day/500-mile limited warranty. It doesn’t cover failures of components due to disc thickness variation (DTV) or normal wear. For more information on this coverage, please visit the manufacturer’s website.

      Application. This front pair of PowerStop Z36 Extreme Truck & Tow Carbon-Ceramic Brake Pads is made for all 2007-2018 Jeep Wrangler JK models.

      Information on PowerStop's proper Break-In Procedure can be found here:



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