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Old 06-17-2012, 07:05 PM   #1
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Break upgrade. Is it worth the $

I have a 2008 f-350. I will be in need of new breaks before long. I was looking at EBC breaks & rotors but the are costly. About $ 1300 or so. Has anyone used them and are the worth the price? Or any other recommendations. Thanks
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I've installed Wagner ThermoQuiet pads and shoes on 2 different vehicles - great product!
Federal-Mogul - Wagner ThermoQuiet Brake Pads and Shoes

I would go to NAPA for Premium or Gold if you need drums/rotors.
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I haven't upgraded the truck yet but I am a police officer. I have a Dodge Charger police package with the law enforcement Hemi. The brake rotors were constantly warping from the high speed driving.

The O'reilly rotors, best available, would cost me $80 a piece for the HD police rotors. They warped within two weeks at the high speeds that I drive.

I found www.R1Concepts.com where I could buy two rotors for $120. These rotors were not only cheaper than the O'reilly rotors, but were drilled and slotted for better braking and performance. I bought the ceramic pads to go with them.

4 months later I can hit the brakes at 140 mph and the car stops on a dime and is as smooth as glass. Also, it was free shipping and arrived about 2 days later, regular delivery.

Like I said, I have not upgraded the truck as of yet because I wanted to give these a good test. But after using them for a while, as soon as the brakes need to be replaced on the truck they will get the complete upgrade. Reviews on their website from other users seem to have the same outlook that I have.

Just my opinion.
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Unless you have some specific reason not to, I wouldn't overlook the stock OEM brakes. The last time I checked Ford offered two versions, one an economy style at a cheaper price, and another premium version for more money. I would post your question at one of the Ford truck forums to get an idea of what works best. I recall that the OEM premium brakes were the best bet, that may have changed. My experience is that many times after market replacements are heavy on hype, but little gain for the type of driving you do. I've had no problem in 50k with my stock brakes although I rarely reach 140 while pulling my trailer. Your experience may be different.
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....although I rarely reach 140 while pulling my trailer.
LOL, I understand he won't be pulling a trailer at 140. My point was that I got a good quality product that was far better than the dealer product for a fraction of the cost. I can't speak for your truck or the quality of the OEM brakes from the dealer for that truck.
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i never liked the brakes on my 2001 F250. I replace the front rotors with non-cryogenic slotted rotors and Hawks ceramic pads. It made all the difference in the world.
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Thanks for the info all. I don't think I will see 140 either but who knows. Lol will do more research I have time my pads are about 3/4 gone and I don't drive the truck much. Again thanks
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At 109k miles, my 450 is going to need front brakes before long--probably go with frozenrotors.com new rotors and pads. I have never had any good luck with turned rotors on a Ford.
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