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#4069072 - 06/29/20 11:37 AM Big Brake Swap, Yet another thread
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Going to do a big brake swap on the front of my wagon pending finding the parts at the local u-pull yard. Going tomorrow and aiming to pull the entire assembly from the body from the control arm bolts onward. I'd like to document this well enough to create a sticky for our forum, as the search is mish-mash of half filled details from post to post.

Even after much searching I am still unsure of a couple things. Anyone who as done the swap, which brake line adapters necessary? I see "3/16 to metric" from searching but there is a 3/16 to M10 and 3/16 to M12 flare adapters available. Should I get brass or would stainless steel work?

Also there seems to be some disagreement of which control arms work. Some folks are very "92-95 only" where as other posters say that up to 02 will work if you use your existing control arm shaft. Can someone who is familiar chime in on these issues? Also which are preferred?

Thanks
Caleb
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#4069082 - 06/29/20 01:08 PM Re: Big Brake Swap, Yet another thread [Re: CalebFL]
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'95-'02 front brake hoses use M10x1.0 metric/ISO bubble flare fittings for the line connection. AFAIK, a box brake line will have a 3/8-24 inverted double flare fitting on it (standard SAE). So, you need SAE to Metric in those thread sizes. Brass is fine. Alternative would be to re-flare the brake line for the correct M10 bubble flare fitting, however bubble flare tools aren't as easy to find as you would think, I ran into that when I replaced the lines on my '97. If the existing lines and fittings are in good shape I'd probably just use an adapter even though I don't really care for adapters if I can avoid using them.

As far as the control arms, I am also not 100% sure. I know that the '92-'94 (technically early '95 are the older setup) arms work, and that seems to be what most people use. However, there has been mention that you can mount a '95-'02 upper arm on the 79-'94 style mounting shaft and use those as well. '95-'02 have tabs welded to the frame to mount the arms, so they don't use the mounting shaft.
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#4069084 - 06/29/20 01:44 PM Re: Big Brake Swap, Yet another thread [Re: CalebFL]
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There are alot more 95-02 CV's in the yards here than anything older... so I'm hoping to verify that the newer upper control arms work on the old spindle shaft.

Thanks for clarifying the brake fittings, adding those to the cart now.
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