Well, it was bound to happen. I am getting ready to tear into the rear brakes on my 08 F250 (only 87K miles) to troubleshoot a problem with the drum in hat (DIH) parking brakes. It is a safe bet that I will be replacing the backing plates as the consensus is that the problems I am having are likely because the brake shoe attachment pins have pulled through the backing plates.
If I am going to tear it apart, I am going to install new pads and rotors. I have no current issues, but all 4 wheels are at about 3/16" pad remaining. This is the 2nd set of pads on both axles (due to caliper issues that caused premature bad failure on one wheel on each axle!). I am definitely planning to install new rotors and pads on all 4 wheels. Other than a seized caliper and a stuck caliper slide, I have never had any complaints with these brakes. The rotors are not warped. I tow a 13K lb trailer and have never really felt like the truck brakes have fallen short.
So, the question is: Do I spend the extra money for drilled and slotted rotors? I have heard mixed reviews on whether you can even tell a difference on some vehicles. I have been looking at the 4 wheel Power Stop kits that include rotors, pads, and hardware. The price goes from $300 to almost $500 between their daily driver and heavy duty/towing (drilled and slotted) rotors. I say rotors, but assume that the pads are also different.
A friend of mine has had good luck with these "other" brands on ebay. I have never heard of any of the brands. They claim guarantees and great reviews. And the price is significantly cheaper. I have seen drilled and slotted kits for around $300. So, is it more important to have a brand name or the upgraded rotors/pads?
Thanks for your input,