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Rock auto is having a 10% off sale on power stop by the way..

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Z36 Truck & Tow - Power Stop’s Z36 Truck & Tow Rotor & Brake Pad Kits are specifically designed for trucks and SUVs used for towing and hauling, or modified trucks with lifted suspension and/or larger wheel upgrades. Each kit includes drilled and slotted performance rotors for maximum cooling and Carbon-Fiber Ceramic brake pads that provide severe-duty stopping power without sacrificing everyday drivability. This combination of rotors and pads delivers the extreme braking performance hardworking vehicles need!

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Thanks, and tell me you didn't go from a Tundra to a Ram?!?!?!
"I didn't go from a Tundra to a Ram."

Feel better?

I switched to the Dark Side a year ago next month. And, don't get me wrong, I LOVED my Tundra, and I'm still a HUGE fan of the trucks. The newest Ram reminds me of how the Tundra was in 07 when it came out, with tons of features that nobody else had at the time. So I got me one.

If I wasn't looking at brand new trucks, well, A: I wouldn't have gotten rid of my Tundra, and B: I would have gotten a Tundra.

I can tell you, the Ram's stock brakes, while sturdy and HUGE like the Tundra's, groan and made a high pitched squealing noise until I took a small quiet neighborhood by storm and bedded them in properly. They don't fade and haven't warped yet, but if I keep the truck past the life of the pads, I'll be looking at better materials for the brakes all around.

I did have great luck with my OEM Toyota brakes, though. The factory brakes on both my Tundra's lasted over 40k with lots of towing and no trailer brakes... When I was shopping brakes for my last Tundra, the only reason I went with the slotted rotors and towing pads was because it could be done for the same or slightly lower price than buying Toyota OEM parts. If the OEM ones were cheaper than the upgrades, I would have gone that way for sure. I never felt like my Tundra needed more brakes.

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OK, I think all my research and all the comments here have scared me into going with Centric Premium Rotors and Akebono Premium Ceramics. The ASP1303/1304 ones. I've run this combo on my wife's MDX and have had good luck. For half the price, I'll swap them out again if I haven't gotten rid of the truck by then. WHich I have no plan to do. After all, I would like to retire someday before I'm 62.... ;-)

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Thanks for the update and keep us posted with your results.
Retirement ? I recommend it to all my friends . . .

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Retirement ? I recommend it to all my friends . . .
Yes, I'm only 47, but plan to retire around 56, at the very least be working less. I've work my butt off all my life and want to enjoy a lot more time with my wife and kids at some point. They will be in college around that time.
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I heard in our area it's best to replace the brake fluid every couple of years or so to get rid of moisture/ over heated fluid.

I try to flush it once a year since I drive a lot. 1/4" clear tubing looped up on the bleeders to prevent air getting back into the bleeder. I have a mason jar with a barbed fitting to catch the fluid, also heavier so it doesn't tip over.
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I just installed Stop Tech’s cryo dipped slotted rotors with Power Stop’s Z36 Truck & Tow Brake Pads about 6 weeks ago and couldn’t be happier. I installed them just before our 3000K trip towing my 30’ RV. So far they’re great, with minimum dust and zero noise. I choose them because I occasionally tow and also because I’m lifted and have oversized tires. They were also a great buy for the money and didn’t break the bank. I choose the Z36 pads over the EBC Green pads only because of the cost. But they turned out to be a great choice and they stop better than I can ever remember, even when new! Hope this helps your decision.

Note: I think it’s really important to properly follow the manufacturers “bed in” or “break in” procedure exactly. It’s not fun, but I followed the directions to the tee and my results were excellent!

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