Hi, what can i do to improve the stock brakes. Truck is not used much but I had a full load and stopping or lack there of surprised me.
I'm not sure how true that is.....but there is something to say about drum brakes holding up to wear and tear better than discs. People generally feel that discs are all around better than drums but I think they both have their optimal applications over the other. The arguments for drums always refer to semi trucks still using drums. Actually there are some semi truck disc brakes but they're not very popular. And if anyone thinks brakes on semi's are weak then they are very mistaken. A fully loaded semi can stop surprising fast because of not only the mass of weight holding it to the ground but the air brakes ability to stop those tires.thanks everyone, i'll go with the larger rear cylinder. Am i mistaken but i thought i read somewhere that drum brakes are better then disc' s for pure stopping ability?
Read nickg's post above. You can't make the 3rd Gen swap on a '99 and earlier.thanks again. with my use, I should leave as is but I love cheap upgrades so the 1 ton cylinder is on the agenda and since I do have 17' rims, maybe the 3rd gen front pads and discs.
to do the 3rd gen conversion you will need an axel that has the"slip on" rotors, on the pre 2000 trucks to change a rotor you need to unbolt the hub bearing assy, with the later than 2000 trucks you just remove the caliper and bracket, then slide the rotor off (just like on a front wheel drive car)I am toldome late 99's have the correct front axle for the swap. What do i need to look for to be sure axle is correct?
I hate to dredge up an old thread, but where did you get your Brembo rotors? I just went through a set of O'Reilly pads in about 10k and I'm worried it damaged my Wagners. I found Brembo rotors for $80 each but that just seems way too low. I'll be upgrading to Hawk pads and stainless steel lines so I figured I'll at least have rotors picked out in case mine are shot.My '99 went thru 3 sets of front pads in 45K. Ate the rotors also. So I got some Brembo rotors, some calibrated calipers, and put Hawk green pads on. The front stops, works fine and just replaced the Hawk pads at 110K. I also did the rear 1-ton wheel cylinder trick and I have absolutely no complaaints with the brakes.
I run 90% of the time at around 10,500 lbs with the camper and boat.