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Old 08-19-2013, 01:27 PM
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Originally Posted by gcbailey View Post
Have you noticed braking issues with your Silverado and larger wheels?.
My truck has the "handling package". It's a torsion bar truck, which rides like crap, even compared to the 4X4 models. They're definitely not the same spring rate. That package, also, came with 20" wheels, oversize brakes (12+" rotors), and PBR calipers. From 20" to 22", I noticed no difference. Either wheelset is heavy. I had the first rotors warped, within 10K miles, and I'm a very easy driver. However, my first 12' trailer had no brakes. And, that's a big deal.

Originally Posted by gcbailey View Post
Do you have trailer brakes?
This time, yes. I knew from my first trailer, that I wanted them, this time around. I have the Tekonsha Primus controller. It's the most user-friendly of all their controllers, as it doesn't need to be level or have a bunch of setup needs. Having the towing package made hookup easy. I'll never own another trailer without brakes.

Originally Posted by gcbailey View Post
I've got an '04 Avalanche w/20" wheels (personal truck) and even without pulling a trailer I can tell a big difference in braking between the factory 16" and the 20"s. I have ended up putting slotted rotors on the truck and it makes a difference, I've thought about upgrading the calipers, but the truck is almost 10 years old and 125k.
The Silverado/Avalanche/Tahoe/Suburban from this era is notorious for having woefully undersized rotors (~11"). I've seen so many report warped rotors in under 5K miles. Chevrolet should be ashamed of what they did. Heck, they quit putting discs on the rear of these trucks. That's a definite step backward. They're more interested in profit than product performance. This is my first and last Chevrolet.

I was, recently, detailing an '08 Ram. That truck is so overbuilt, compared to my Silverado, it was alarming. The frame, axle, and brakes are considerably heavier. I had the wheels off of it, pressure washing the entire undercarriage, so I had plenty of time to look around. I'm not looking to buy a new truck, but, seeing this one has caused me to consider a Dodge, if/when the time comes.
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