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Emergency Brake Kit Buyer’s Guide

Have some questions about emergency brakes on 4×4 vehicles? You might find the answer(s) you need in this buyer’s guide. We answered three of the most common questions 4×4 owners have about e-brakes. 1. Can I Still Keep My E-Brake if I Switch to a 14 Bolt Axle? There are many great reasons to switch…

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How to Install an Emergency Brake Kit

Got a Lugnut4x4 emergency brake kit you’re looking to install on your 4×4 vehicle? Whether you’re swapping to a 14 bolt axle, converting to disc brakes, or simply looking to add an e-brake to your vehicle, this guide is for you. Here’s a general overview of how to install a Lugnut4x4 emergency brake kit: 1.…

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How to Diagnose a Failing Emergency Brake

When it comes to off-road driving, your truck’s braking performance is extremely important. Not only when controlling your truck on steep or rocky sections, but also when you are parked. When your emergency brake (also called e-brake) fails, it can make some off-road situations pretty dangerous. For instance, if you winching somebody, or are an…

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Not All Eldorado E-Brake Calipers Are The Same

As many people know, the 1976-1978 Cadillac Eldorado came with a rear disc brake caliper very similar to the JB6 or JB7 caliper found in many heavy duty trucks. However, unlike the standard JB6 or JB7, the Eldorado caliper also included a clever parking brake mechanism.  These Eldorado calipers are almost exactly the same size as the…

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The Difference Between D52 and D122 Brake Pads: Why it Matters

D52 and D122 brake pads look pretty similar. In fact, many auto parts retailers say D52 and D122 pads are interchangeable. But they’re not exactly the same. This article explains the difference between these pads, and why that difference is important. D52 vs D122 Brake Pads While D52 and D122 brake pads are roughly the same, there’s…

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What’s The Best Gear Oil For The 14 Bolt Axle?

Wondering which gear oil is best for your 14 bolt axle? You’re not alone – it’s a common question, and the answers you’ll find online are all over the map. Many people recommend 80W-90 or 75W-90, but we have found that the best gear oil for the 14 bolt axle is 75W-140. We say this because we…

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Should I Convert Drum Brakes To Disc Brakes?

Disc brake conversions are becoming more and more popular these days, and for a good reason: A disc brake conversion is a great upgrade. If you’re wondering if you should convert your drum brakes over to disc brakes, the answer is a resounding yes. A drum to disc conversion is one of the best “bang…

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What 14 Bolt Do I Have? 14 Bolt Axle Identification

For decades, Chevy and GMC trucks, vans, and SUVs came equipped with a 14 bolt axle. Between 1973 and 2000, a few 14 bolt axle variations were produced. If you’re wondering what kind of 14 bolt axle you have – and you’re working with a 14 bolt axle from the year 2000 or older –…

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What Is A “Corporate” 14 Bolt Axle?

Starting in 1973, millions of 14 bolt rear axles were produced for use in Chevrolet and GMC trucks and vans, as well as quite a few commercial vehicles. The 14 bolt is revered for its toughness and reliability, and the 14 bolt is particular popular with off-road enthusiasts. Many people refer to the 14 bolt…

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Our New and Improved Kit For 6 Lug 14 Bolt Axles

When we first got started, we sold a 14 bolt 6 lug disc brake conversion kit that we didn’t love. The kit was designed in such a way that the rotor was mounted behind the axle flange. So, to replace the rotors, you had to pull the axle. While the kit worked just fine, we…

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The 3 Most Common Disc Brake Conversion Issues and What To Do About Them

Upgrading to disc brakes comes with some great benefits: They include greater stopping power (even in bad weather), easier and more infrequent maintenance, and longer life. However, you can only reap those benefits if you have a high-quality disc brake conversion kit that’s installed correctly. Do you believe that your new disc brakes aren’t performing…

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How To Do A 14 Bolt Swap and KEEP Your Emergency Brake

Swapping in a 14 bolt axle is a popular modification among off-roaders. One of the downsides to the mod is losing the vehicle’s emergency brake (aka e-brake or parking brake). This is because either: The 14 bolt axle isn’t compatible with the e-brake on the vehicle it’s going on. The swapper is upgrading to disc…

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DIY 14-Bolt Axle Disc Brake Conversion Kit

Are you ready to begin your disc brake conversion? We put together this handy guide to help you out. While this guide focuses on the 14 bolt full float, it can also be used with most other full float axles. The only major difference is that Jeep and Chevy Dana 60 rear axles have 7…

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How To Identify Your 14 Bolt Axle In 2 Minutes

Wondering which GM 14 bolt axle you’ve got under your rig? Over the years, there have been millions of 14 bolt axles produced. And, of course, they weren’t all the same. GM 14 bolt axles were available in semi-float and full-float versions, and there are two types of hubs found on 14 bolt axles. Also,…

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14 Bolt Axle Identification Chart

If you’re wondering which 14 bolt axle you have – full-float or semi-float, dual rear wheel or single rear wheel, slide-on drum or stud mounted drum – the chart below will help you figure it out. NEW: You can download a printable version of the chart below here. A couple of notes: You can’t really…

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The Main Causes of Drum Brake Failure

Drum brakes are supposed to last the life of your car (or about 100,000 miles), but sometimes they fail sooner than expected. Why, though? Self adjuster failure is the most likely cause.

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5 Great Reasons To Do A 14 Bolt Disc Brake Conversion

The drum brakes on GM 14 bolt axles are disappearing, and no one is going to miss them. Drum brakes have a lot of limitations, and 14 bolt disc brake conversion kits are more affordable than ever (click here to see for yourself). If you’re wondering what a 14 bolt axle is, you may not…

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Why Should You Convert to Disc Brakes

The benefits of disc brakes over drum brakes may shock you. They’re easier to repair, provide greater stopping power, and last longer than drum brakes. Drum brakes are cheaper, which is why your car may have them from the manufacturer.

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Advantages of Disc Brakes Versus Drum Brakes

If there’s one important component to your vehicle that you need to be on top of, it’s your brakes. When it comes to selecting disc brakes or drum brakes, some of us are left scratching our heads. Here’s a breakdown of why disc brakes should be your go-to.

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The Best Price, Quality, Fast Shipping

The best price, quality, fast shipping I have always heard you can have 2 of the three important things: best price, quality, fast shipping. Many times in the past when shopping for something I have also found this to be true. I have never understood why people are like that, but it seems if they…

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Good Quality, Quick Service, Cheap Price

Never expect to something to be good quality, quick service, cheap price. I have always heard pick any two. To me when people say you can’t do something that is a challenge and I will do everything I can to prove them wrong. At Lugnut4x4 we do all three.

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