There’s a few reasons you’d want to upgrade the brakes on your Jeep Wrangler JK or JK Unlimited, especially with an automatic transmission. When increasing the weight and tire size on your vehicle, the stopping distance increases. This is more prevalent on the JK Unlimited, as the longer wheelbase and extra body panels/frame make this model heavier than its 2-door counterpart. Either way, you need to reliably stop your vehicle, and fast! On the road or the trail, things can happen, and your Jeep needs to be able to respond in kind when you lay on the brake. Here are a few options and brands we like when it comes to aftermarket upgrades to the OEM brake system. TeraFlex, MOPAR and Baer all offer upgrades for the Jeep Wrangler JK, and we’ve used the TeraFlex and Baer kits on some of our builds to great success! If you’d like to keep your Wrangler JK MOPAR, the offical parts kit is a solid choice too. The bottom line is, these kits have new rotors, calipers, and pads that are heavier and more performance based than OEM. Your Jeep will come to a stop sooner, saving you costly repairs or injury on the road and trail. This can prove beneficial in traffic or congested city highways, where car accidents can happen in the blink of an eye. As top heavy as our Jeeps are, you need to be able to reliably bring yours to a stop without becoming another variable in an accident. If you’d like, there are some companies that offer upgraded pads, such as EBC and TeraFlex, so if you’re not quite ready to spring for the full kit, you can simply upgrade your brake pads. However, if you have 37” tires or larger, we recommend a full system upgrade. What upgraded brakes do you run? Do you run brake upgrades at all? Show us pictures of your setup, and if you’ve got questions, ask ‘em below!