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Brake upgrades for trucks

Anyone here ever upgrade their brake system on their truck, i.e, new aftermarket rotors, calipers, lines, convert rear drums to disks, etc.? I'm looking to do this on my Tahoe, and need some advice/pointers.

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Re: Brake upgrades for trucks

Run over a curb again?
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Re: Brake upgrades for trucks

No, but I want to make sure that the next time I catch a foot of air, I can stop the damn thing.
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Re: Brake upgrades for trucks

Rear disc conversion here and cross drilled rotors here or start with cross drilled rotors and have your drums drilled as well.

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Re: Brake upgrades for trucks

Thanks, fumb!
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Re: Brake upgrades for trucks

Also, pick up some cross-drilled brake lines under Performance Parts here:

http://www.kalecoauto.com/
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Re: Brake upgrades for trucks

Do not get cross drilled rotors. Cross drilling was originally done with old brake compounds becasue they'd get hot, emit gas which could lift the pad off the rotor. Modern brake pads don't do this.

Everyone starts with cross drilled rotors because they look cool, but all the open track cage guys end up with solid (or maybe slotted) ones when they get sick of rotors cracking at the hole.

Baer brakes has a ton of options from bigger rotor kits on up.

http://www.baer.com/

Stop Tech also makes some pretty pimp stuff.

http://www.stoptech.com/cgi/Products...t&match2=exact

Braided lines and good pads (not to mention replacing what is probably old nasty brake fluid currently in your system) make huge differences in feel, but probably won't change too much in outright stopping difference. For that you need bigger rotors and/or better calipers. A cage is like a bike, most of the "whoa" comes from the front...not to say the rear is pointless, just not as important.

Also, look into adding stuff out of the boneyard, especially since you live in TX (for some reason TX has lots of Junkyards with cheap stuff when I look around online). I have a 2002 2500 GMC truck and it has front and rear discs that are huge compared to the 1500 stuff. You could try to find out if you could swap it across.




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Re: Brake upgrades for trucks

So why do modern bikes have 'em?
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Re: Brake upgrades for trucks

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So why do modern bikes have 'em?
I've heard it's because....
When a heavy car, truck brakes... the rotors heat up tremendously and can shatter. Literally explode off the side of the car if they are cross drilled. On bikes, they don't heat up as much so they don't have that problem.

That is the rumour I have heard.

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Re: Brake upgrades for trucks

"Pete", you seem to have lots of questions about your truck lately. Have you looked here?

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So why do modern bikes have 'em?
Mainly? Because they look cool.



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Re: Brake upgrades for trucks

www.wilwood.com might be a cheaper alternative, they build high quality stuff as well
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www.wilwood.com might be a cheaper alternative, they build high quality stuff as well
I've been brake shopping for my Rustang and went to Willwood as they've always had good pricing. But man, now they are charging a fortune for the stuff! Do you have a good link to buy their product? Maybe I just went to the "wrong" sites...



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Re: Brake upgrades for trucks

Maybe if you had bought a Ford in the first place, you wouldn't need an upgrade.
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Re: Brake upgrades for trucks

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I've been brake shopping for my Rustang and went to Willwood as they've always had good pricing. But man, now they are charging a fortune for the stuff! Do you have a good link to buy their product? Maybe I just went to the "wrong" sites...

Honestly, no, it's been years since I've even looked at anything like that. I got done with car modifying a few years ago, I had enough....

Try the Mustang forums, or a group buy or something. You can also check out www.svtperformance.com, maybe some of the sponsors on there can hook you up
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