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Old 01-04-2006
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I need some help deciding on what brake stuff to get. I don't need them urgently, but the originals have 66,000 miles on them and the rotors are warped and hard braking can be a little frightening. I know some of you go through brakes 3x as fast as I do, so hopefully I can get some advice on what will last.

I plan on replacing the pads, shoes, rotors (doubt they are worth turning) and drums (will need to see if they can be turned). I know what I need to get, I just can't decide on a brand.

For pads I am thinking either OEM (can get them cheap), EBC Ultimax or whatever (their OEM replacement), Hawk Super Duty (says they are for commercial use, but maybe overkill for me?) and that's about it for now. Anybody have any experience with the above? I'm open to suggestions on other brands as well, but nothing that's really expensive. I'm not going to spend $70 on pads.

For shoes, I don't even know where to look. I can't get Ford ones cheap and all of the others seem like no-name brands or store brands. Any brand suggestions?

For the drums and rotors, I am thinking either Auto Zone Duralast parts (cheap and have a two year warranty) or name brand Bendix or Raybestos parts that are considerably more expensive and only have a one year warranty. I have heard bad things about cheap rotors, but I just don't know if the Bendix and Raybestos parts are with the extra money.

Thanks in advance for any help.
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For shoes, try Nopionline.com they usually carry a slew of oem parts.
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alan, our brake kits are on sale this month, IMO the best parts out there

http://jusnesmodified.com/store/inde...roducts_id=196
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alan, our brake kits are on sale this month, IMO the best parts out there

http://jusnesmodified.com/store/inde...roducts_id=196
The only problem is, I can't afford the best, lol.
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they are the best now if only they made them for 03 and newer 4x4.
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you dont want the Hawk super duty pads, they are not designed for your application, if you go hawk, use the HPS
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to me all the parts are the same your just paying for the brand name. they all do the same thing

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you dont want the Hawk super duty pads, they are not designed for your application, if you go hawk, use the HPS
That's what I was thinking. They sounded nice and are priced well, but my truck has retired from commercial use and they seem like overkill now.
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Go with Wagner Therma Quiets they are almost the best you can get
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Old 01-05-2006
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The Thermoquiets seem like what I need. I found front ones on eBay, but not shoes for 9" drums. Do you know of any stores or sites that carry them? If not, I'll just get Bendix shoes I think. Advance keeps them in stock.
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Stay away from ceramic pads if this is your daily driver. They tend to pump teh heat from braking back into the rotors ( IE: Warping ). Use a semi-metalic pad and stock rotors/drums.
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I disagree. My fronts are ceramic and I love them (but they are NOT for TOWING).

I put them on in August or so and kept checking them for heat after each drive for a month or so. Never a problem.

I used to swear by those carbon fiber metallics for sheer stopping power (on other vehicles), but I think I like these better and I really pound this truck, including hard braking. Guess I can't speak to longevity since these are so new, but I'd say go ceramic if you don't tow and can afford the extra $$ or carbon fiber metallics.
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