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I have been doing some searching and have found some answers but not enough. I have heard good things about HAWK break pads, are there any other types I should look at? I want to go with ceramic pads or some other type that is better then your average joe break pad.

I am also going to be changing my rotors to and was wondering if I should get sloted rotors. Are they worth the extra money? What is a good brand to get?

Speaking of money what would be a good price for pads and rotors. I am guessing around $150 to $200 for the whole thing.

Also is there a good "how to" on chanigng your brakes. I think I get the majority but need to know the specifics like bleeding the breaks, torque specs if needed, etc...

Thanks a head of time.

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I went with Napa's ceramic pads and a set of there rotors and have had no problems with them. I am very happy with how they perform.

As for a how to I know Zach(ZABEARD) did a nice right up.
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I don't think slotted rotor is really necassary on a dd 4x4 unless your racing it and they get really hot. Ceramic pads are something I'll be putting on my truck next time it needs pads. I haven't looked at the different manufacturers yet.
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Anyone else?

I need a HOW TO pretty bad.
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Go to the how-to submissions. Aaron(akranger) did one as well.

It's super easy! You just pull four bolts from each side, pop the old pads out, clean up with brakleen, reset the piston, use a lil brake lube, pop the new pads in, and re-assemble.

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I don't think slotted rotor is really necassary on a dd 4x4 unless your racing it and they get really hot. Ceramic pads are something I'll be putting on my truck next time it needs pads. I haven't looked at the different manufacturers yet.
Last time I used ceramic pads they chewed the hell out of my rotors. They're more for being quiet and dustless. More of a vanity brake pad, lol. Carbon metallics are good cheap upgrades from oem pads. Couple bucks more and have better stopping power and good on pad/rotor life. I got upgraded rotors. Nothing fancy, just a lil better than oem. The ones I got were ceramic coated everywhere but the pad contact area.
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I went with standard replacement rotors from autozone (only ones that had them in stock at the time) and bosch pads (ceramic I think) it has been about 10-12K so far and I really like the way they perform, plus there is allot less brake dust then with the factory set. As far as a how to, I know it is easier on a 4X4 because my 2WD the hub and caliper are one piece, and not cheap......

This is pretty general, but.......

1 jack up truck and secure
2 remove wheel
3 loosen caliper bolts and remove caliper (bolts are on back side, at least on mine)
4 take pads out and remove caliper bracket
5 remove bolt or retaining ring that holds rotor in place and remove rotor
6 replace rotor and get a brake hardware kit which will have new brake clips and slides
7 put caliper bracket back on, add new clips and insert pads
8 use a C clamp and a piece of 2X4 to push the piston in the caliper back (so it will fit over new pads)
9 bolt everything down and inspect

*** I know this is crude, and I don't have a 4X4 (I use to have a blazer that was) but brakes for the most part are really easy. I hope this helps....
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Thanks guys it sounds pretty easy. I am gonna get my parts soon because my spring break is next week and I would like to get it done then.

Are slotted rotors necessary?

BTW: There is no need to bleed the breaks? right
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no need for slotted rotors or bleeding the brakes, unless you have a leak or a mushy pedal....
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Thanks guys it sounds pretty easy. I am gonna get my parts soon because my spring break is next week and I would like to get it done then.

Are slotted rotors necessary?

BTW: There is no need to bleed the breaks? right
Slotted rotors aren't neccesary unless you're autocrossing or something, lol.

You don't need to bleed the brakes unless for some strange reason you feel the urge
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Sweet, that is going to save me alot of trouble. Thanks again guys. I am excited to do this. After I figure it out I can do it to all of my families cars and trucks.

My brother got his brakes done last year and they installed new pads and rotors for
$500. I am glad I will save some cash as well.

Plus I like the idea that I am going to learn how to do something. It gives me a feel of competence.
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Hey man, brakes are a walk in the park...... You will save allot of money doing it yourself and the feeling of accomplishment is always a nice extra!!!

Good luck, you will do fine, besides, if you run into any problems, there are plenty of folks here that can walk you thru whatever you might encounter. :)
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I got my brakes done Monday and so far are happy with them.

They do squel alot when I break. Is that due to them being new?

Besides that I am happy with them.
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I got my brakes done Monday and so far are happy with them.

They do squel alot when I break. Is that due to them being new?

Besides that I am happy with them.
the squeal is typical on brand new pads... it should go away within 100 miles of driving
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