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Old 02-14-2010
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Upgraded rotors to Stoptech w/ problems!

Ok, so that start this story off i was in need for a brake upgrade. My wheel and tire package weighs so much! So i didn't have the stopping power that i once had, running the stock wheels and tires. So i searched and searched. I came upon some Stoptech rotor and pads being sold by Dangerranger01. He gave me a pretty good deal on them. So they arrived:

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. . . . . and i gathered my materials:

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. . . . . and began the job:

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. . . . . got it all put back together:

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. . . . . But i started noticing problems after a few day driving around. The first problem was when i would lets off the brake with the truck in drive, the truck wouldn't roll. Next, every time i pushed on the gas the truck would pull to the left, and when i would let off the gas it would pull to the right.

So i took it into the shop for another issue, and had them look at my brakes. They were telling me that my rotors were too wide. I was pissed. I was thinking that i wasted two hundred plus dollars for nothing! I was about to convert it back to stock when i decided to pull the brakes apart again and realized what i did.

When replacing your brake pads, ALWAYS push the pistons all the way in, not three quarters of the way in. It was a stupid mistake that i made. Originally, when i was putting the calipers back on, i had to use some muscle to push the calipers down into place. So i was driving around with my brake pads just dragging on the rotors. Dumb mistake. Don't make the same mistake!!! Here are a few more pics of my nice washed truck. Oh yeah, the brake rotors and pads are a huge upgrade, a noticable difference.

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Glad it all worked out. Looks good but I think you either need some skinnier wheels or wider tires.
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Could have been worse.

Truck looks good btw
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Could have been worse.

Truck looks good btw
this, my glide pin had rusted, then snapped so i had to get all new calipers....

glad you figured it out... its so frustrating when you cant figure out what is wrong
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so all fixed? When I heard the shop you took it to said the rotors were too wide, I called MAJOR BS.

Reading your description, I started thinking that maybe there wasn't proper spindle nut tightening....like they were tightened way too tight. That would cause a resistance issue.

Sounds like it's all fixed up good to go. But how'd the calipers get on the pads and rotors if the gap between them wasn't enough to fit 'em?
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I tapped the caliper down around the pads and rotor. But it wasn't very hard to do that, but i should have known. Dumb mistake on my part.
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Update: My Stoptech rotors are warped. Does anybody out know of a rotor that wont warp? This is my second set of rotors that i'm on.
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All rotors are subject to warping when subjected to severe driving conditions....i.e. city stop-n-go traffic, extreme stops after a high speed runs, always on the brakes during lengthy downhills, larger rim/tire combos and of course driving style. Additionally calipers not releasing properly allowing the pads to drag can also overheat the rotors. Once they are overheated a splash of water from a puddle contributes to the warpage.
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Might want to look at your braking habits. As dan76 said, it takes quite a bit of heat to warp a good rotor.
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OK guys. Thanks for the advice.
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