new brakes on truck

Discussion in 'Trucks and Trailers' started by fcl01, Sep 22, 2005.

  1. fcl01

    fcl01 LawnSite Member
    from OHIO
    Posts: 249

    just put new brakes on a super-duty recently. (dont wanna pay for that again) WoW!!!!! i was always skeptical on how much of a difference ceramic brakes and performance rotors made on a truck. not anymore!!!!
    even though i hated handing over just under a grand to the place that did it for me, I will never settle for just any brakes ever again!

    i cant believe that a big truck can stop like that. i do know that the ford factory brakes, at least on this truck and previous trucks i've had, dont hold a candle to these things.

    maybe im just easily impressed. LOL!!!!! :waving:

    UNISCAPER LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,426

    As well as you like the ceramic brakes, they won't hold nearly as well as good old asbestos lined brakes. Unfortunately, the enviironmental whackos stopped that.....
  3. PLM-1

    PLM-1 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,640

    Diskbreaks are as easy as they come to do yourself. You can usually do it yourself for less than half the cost and about 30-45 minutes. On my Jeep, I put ceramic pad and Brembo rotors....awesome combo!
  4. Restrorob

    Restrorob LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 11,023

    Man thats a super site, Really informative I was thinking about a brake and tire upgrade on my Chevy show truck. Thanks for the link :D
  5. topsites

    topsites LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 21,653

    Sheeeat, I paid 17 dollars for front brake pads on my D-250, couple hours to put them on myself...
    If you drive it like it's a train (i.e.: MINIMUM FOUR second distance from car in front, slow down waaays ahead, etc), I can't see why you'd need any more performance than something that will lock up all 4 wheels regardless...
  6. PLM-1

    PLM-1 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,640

    Some applications require you to remove the hub. None of mine do that i have changed out pads on. For me, the longest thing to do is drag out all the tools and wait for the air compressor.

    1. Jack up truck
    2. Remove wheel
    3. Remove caliper
    4. Unsnap pads
    5. Install new pads
    6. Reinstall caliper
    7. Reinstall wheel

    If applicable, install new disk between removing the caliper and reinstalling.
  7. Guthrie&Co

    Guthrie&Co LawnSite Senior Member
    from nc
    Posts: 784

    ceramics are bad juju for the rotors. what happens is the pad is harder than the rotor thus wearing the rotor out. i went with performace friction carbon metallics. i like em but i need to change the rotors over and get some new fluid.
  8. lawnmaniac883

    lawnmaniac883 LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,613

    The solution for rotors wearing out is to buy performance rotors designed to wear properly using ceramics.

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