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post #1 of 7 Old 02-09-2018, 08:38 PM Thread Starter
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Brake upgrades???

I’m adding a bunch of weight, and know that I want/need to do some brake upgrades.

I’m aware that it would be optimal to go with calipers, rotors, and pads.

But holy crap this stuff is expensive, and I’ve already blown my “phase one” budget.

My question is, can I gain a significant amount of breaking by only upgrading rotors and pads?

I want to be safe but I’m almost out of cash for a while.

Fact is, I didn’t realize just how much weight I was adding until I started receiving shipments, and had to tote boxes around.

I need some extra “whoa” in my giddy up.

I’m looking for “bang for buck”, and if there aren’t any “worth my time/money “ options out there, I probably need to bite the bullet and get a whole system.

Here’s to hoping that someone has knowledge of a reasonably inexpensive upgrade that will be worth the money.

Fingers crossed
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post #2 of 7 Old 02-09-2018, 08:46 PM
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I went with the ProGrips from Dynatrac. Sure it's not monoblock 4/6 pot calibers with 2 piece rotors but without breaking the bank, I've been very happy with it.

More stopping power on the street and so far, no "oh-shit" moments when offroading on steep inclines with the larger 37" tires and heavier beadlocked wheels. If you're running smaller tires, even better.

Teraflex has something similar to it I believe. For about $1k or $250/wheel, it was a good investment for me. When I got mine, I think I actually paid less than $900 for it during a sale.
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post #3 of 7 Old 02-09-2018, 10:48 PM
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Bang for the buck. put some EBC green stuff 6000 pads, swap out the brake lines to some steel braided, and flush the system with some good DOT3 brake fluid. I do this on a lot of builds where budget is an issue and it works really well. You can do this for around $300.

As far as big brakes. I have run the Teraflex big brake and big rotor kits. Also the Dynatrac big brake kit. I like all 3, but the Dynatrac seemed more balanced as far as bias goes.

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post #4 of 7 Old 02-09-2018, 11:53 PM
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I went with front/rear Teraflex rotor kits. (just rotors/brackets and pads - not a Big Brake kit with calipers, master, booster, whatever else).

Chose them over Dynatrac just because it was a few hundred dollars less. (paid $734 total. 615 for the rotors/brackets, then another $119 or so for the Hawk pads that were getting good reviews at the time. So 734 for Tera vs 1000 for Dyna's rotor kit, made the choice easier for me.)

I have seen claims like 20-30% performance increase or 20% shorter stopping distance or whatever, but I can't comment on a percentage. I'll just say that it is a heck of a lot better than my completely worn out pads and warped rotors.

One note on these Tera rotors is that I had the brainstorm of starting with the front rotor kit, and upgrading it to the big brake kit later. Different brackets for the new calipers, so I'd have to buy those again as well.
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post #5 of 7 Old 02-10-2018, 08:32 AM
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POWER STOP K279836 Z36 Severe-Duty Truck & Tow
<$400 for the kit. That'd be the cheapest set up thats better than OEM.

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post #6 of 7 Old 02-10-2018, 09:00 AM
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Not cheap, but not the most expensive either.

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Went with the Z36 power stop kit with the Mopar p5160050 brake booster / master cylinder.
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