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    Slotted and drilled rotors? Brand preferences?

    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,

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    Quote Originally Posted by ljnelson109 View Post
    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,

    Lee
    You don't really need drilled and slotted rotors on a work truck. Especially if the stock brakes are getting the job done. Just get name brand parts from a quality supplier. Stay away from TiaChiKo crap.

    I had a set of slotted rotors on the front of my 2001 Wrangler. They maybe stopped a little bit better but rusted out just like the rest.
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    Spending any more than OEM quality on your truck is a waste of money. Now, IF I were autocrossing a sports car that would be a different story. If it were my vehicle, and I've done plenty of brake work on my vehicles, I'd replace the brake parts using name brand or OEM quality parts.
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    I appreciate the input. I put Motorcraft pads on it last time. I have been struggling with this decision because I generally like to do things "better than original". I realize, in the end, that this is not always the right thing to do.

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    Check out Brake Performance.com. They offer slotted, drilled and slotted and smooth in your choice of Zinc plated black or silver. They have a lifetime guaranty and members on other forums have reported that they don't bicker and will definitely send out replacements if required. I put as set of drilled and slotted on my sporty car but wish I had just gone smooth. The car used to hang you in the seat belts under breaking with factory gear but now under very hard breaking there is vibration from the aggressive rotors and lots more brake dust I feel. Very nice prices I feel as well with free shipping on most good sized purchases.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ljnelson109 View Post
    I appreciate the input. I put Motorcraft pads on it last time. I have been struggling with this decision because I generally like to do things "better than original". I realize, in the end, that this is not always the right thing to do.

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    I use all OEM parts on my truck including brakes and rotors. If it works, why change?

    I don't trust any parts that come from auto parts stores - usually very hard to find the country of origin. I will not put sub-par parts on my truck - especially brakes.

    There was a post in another thread about a week ago about using OEM parts vs. aftermarket from a member who is involved with making OEM parts. Very interesting - I'll see if I can find it....
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    Yes, the price is a lot more (in most cases) for OEM, but there will usually never be a complaint about the product. I've never bought anything other than GM, so I can't say for the other brands, but I have found RockAuto to carry a lot of the same (OEM) parts. A heck of a lot cheaper too. I highly recommend them.
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    I also use Rock Auto when purchasing OEM replacement parts.


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    My front brakes on my 2013 F150 were shot at 35k miles. I live in Atlanta and most of my drive time is spent in traffic. I bought drilled and slotted rotors with pads from Rock Auto and now at almost 70k, they are only about 50% worn.

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