1st Gen Trooper Brake Job


New brakes on the rear


The total cost of fairly high-quality parts for the front and rear brakes was around $150.

2 x BENDIX 141416 Rotor $24.46
2 x BECK/ARNLEY 832262 Rotor $24.46
1 x BECK/ARNLEY 890013 Brake Pad $11.99
1 x BECK/ARNLEY 890056 Brake Pad $11.99
1 x RAYBESTOS H16065 Caliper Bushing $8.75
1 x RAYBESTOS H16031 Caliper Bushing $11.57

Front Brakes

I replaced the front brakes at the same time as replacing the wheel bearings so the directions are included in that write-up.

Rear Brakes

The rear brakes are fairly easy to replace.  The only issue I ran into was that the piston was difficult to rotate in with a needle-nose plier and the replacement bolt and pin being too large and too small.  There are brake caliper wind-back tools but I’ve been a little too cheap to splurge on a set.  Maybe some day…

Remove the lug nuts and pull off the cap and tire
Jack up the wheel
The brakes should be fully exposed
Remove the 12mm caliper bolt
Pull it out and replace it if it looks worn and lift the caliper and slide it off the pin (I had to pull the emergency brake cable out of it’s holder to have enough slack to get the caliper up far enough to pull it off)
Remove the two 17mm bolts holding the caliper bolts and pull the caliper mount off
As you can see, I have worn a pretty crazy groove in the pad and rotor


And if you look at the the other pad, it was worn down all the way to the metal
After pulling the caliper and bracket off and scrub the mating face to clean off the rust
I like to put a little anti seize on the mating face
Repace the rubber bushings if they look worn
Pull the sliding bolts out and replace the bolt and bushing if they need it
Both look pretty good and clean now
Remove the caliper sliding bolt
Pull off the old
Scrub and grease the underside
Install the new


I like to use a pair of old needlenose pliers to turn the caliper piston back down to make room for the new pads. Also, check the level of brake fluid and take the cap off and remove some if needed
The piston should be about flush with the surface of the caliper
Clean off the new disk and wipe it down to get the grease off it
Install the new brake rotor
Install the new brake pads and put a light coat of grease on the sliding pin
Slide the caliper onto the pin and then pivot the caliper down over the pads
Install the new bolt

2 Comments on “1st Gen Trooper Brake Job

  1. The clear step by reasonable step photos are worth the drive! Very helpful. Having done the brakes on my 91 Trooper way back when gave me even more reason to appreciate the photos. Yep, it looks just like that.
    Same can be said for the shock replacement photos
    Good work

    • Thanks Bill. I certainly love my Isuzus and I love hearing from people who appreciate them as well. For all their shortcomings, they have a surprisingly loyal little following.

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