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Old 09-05-2014, 04:34 AM   #1
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Brake and rotor recommendations

I have a 2012 ram 1500 with 5.7 hemi pulling a 31 ft Salem TT. Starting to notice a little pulsing in the oem brakes so I want to replace them with rotors and pads designed for towing heavy loads in the hills of Pennsylvania any ideas?
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Old 09-05-2014, 06:06 AM   #2
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a 2012 should not need new rotors unless you have a ton of miles on it....get them resurfaced...much cheaper.
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Old 09-05-2014, 06:25 AM   #3
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resurfacing will work for a little while but you must realize that cutting the rotors removes metal and makes them warp faster. If you are towing heavy loads in the hills of Pa., you should probably invest in a heavier duty rotor. We use the Napa ultra premium rotors on our ambulances and they seem to hold up better that the premium ones. We also try to stick with the oem hd pads.
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Old 09-05-2014, 06:42 AM   #4
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I wasn't going to resurface I figure if they warped once they'll do it again so I wanted to buy new
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Old 09-05-2014, 06:44 AM   #5
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resurfacing will work for a little while but you must realize that cutting the rotors removes metal and makes them warp faster. If you are towing heavy loads in the hills of Pa., you should probably invest in a heavier duty rotor. We use the Napa ultra premium rotors on our ambulances and they seem to hold up better that the premium ones. We also try to stick with the oem hd pads.
If your a do it yourselfer, buy duralast golds from autozone. They are guaranteed for life, low brake dust and best of all, free replacements. I'm on my third set and the last two were free. Look at rotor warranty where ever you buy them. Most are two year. So, if you warp them, covered.
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Grooved and dimpled rotors will give you about 60K miles of use along with
ceramic brake pads. I am on my 3rd set of rotors on a F-150. The wheel bearings will only last about 30K miles on a F-150.

Good luck on your brake repairs!
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Grooved and dimpled rotors will give you about 60K miles of use along with
ceramic brake pads. I am on my 3rd set of rotors on a F-150. The wheel bearings will only last about 30K miles on a F-150.

Good luck on your brake repairs!
X2 on ceramic brake pads that's all I use , no black dust on the wheels, works great and last miles longer!

Wheel bearings every 30K?? That's a lot of wheel bearings. I had a 90 ford 150 and had to change the U-joints about every 40K -50K...

Now my chevy trucks
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Old 09-05-2014, 07:39 AM   #8
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I also use the ceramic pads I was a little more interested in rotors whether they be drilled and slotted heat treated any particular brand
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I have EBC rotors and pads. Dimpled and grooved rotors, NOT drilled - I heard there are cracking problems with drilled. EBC Yellow pads I think. Used AutoAnything do the chat thing with salesperson and ask for any discounts. Got another 10% off.


I have 30k miles on this setup and like it. Put the same on my Highlander.
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wagner therm-quiet pads with any generic discs .. as most are made by the same factory anyways ... you can tell my the same manufacturers numbers being stamped on the setups ...

i have been using these pads for the last 15 years .. they seem to help with problematic braking setups on most vehicles ..

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