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Troy
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7/28/2004
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I was wondering if someone could help me out on this. I purchased a set of powerslot rotors about 5 months ago from ebay. I installed them and put on a set of raybestos ceramic brake pads. Everything was fine until I noticed popping noise when i turned. 4 and half months later I check them out and they are all cracked bigtime. I decide to purchase a pair of EBC greenstuff pads that are made for powerslot and drilled rotors. I installed them and wound up having trouble stopping Also the pads smelled like they were burning heavily. After that I replaced driver side and pasenger side calipers, put a new set of EBC pads and still it was burning and hard to stop. Finnally I decided to try the raybestos again. They stop fine except when I come to a heavy stop I can smell the pads burnning. The only thing I havent done is replaced the rotors. They look to be in ok shape but I dunno anymore. I have done three pad changes and have changed both calipers in this past week. Someone please give an opinion or two. Thanks

BTW I have a 2001 3.9 regular cab dakota



TexasTodd
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7/28/2004
17:56:52

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I'm still on my original set of brakes,

01, quad, 4.7, 5spd manual, ~56,000 miles

Do you ever adjust your rear brakes. I only ask b/c, it helps take some of the work off the fronts.

There are several ways to do this, most of which don't require leaving your cab of your truck.

Good luck



Troy
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7/28/2004
18:19:47

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I wouldnt say im lazy at all texas. How do I go about making my rear bakes work a little harder?



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7/29/2004
09:16:10

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Just drive backwards about 10-15mph and then stomp on the brakes. The drum brakes have a self adjustment that will adjust the shoes outward towards the drum when you do this. That should adjust them to where they need to be to compensate for the wear.



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7/29/2004
09:21:25

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Todd I don't know how you've kept your original brakes. Mine sucked bad. May rotors were so ridiculously crappy. My little 9" rear shoes didn't wear out until around 48K or so. If I had the 12" rear shoes i'm sure they'd have lasted longer. I'm hoping to do the SSBC rear brake upgrade just because of the 9" drums. If I had the 11" drums like the 4x4's have I wouldn't be worrying about it.



TexasTodd
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7/29/2004
09:42:10

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Troy,

I never called you lazy, or thought it. I'm done name calling/baching on the net. Sorry you thought I meant that somehow. 99bludak described it pretty well. Supposedly, the parking brake is also supposed to do it, but mine feel much tighter after I do tha backing up technique.

Cthomp,
I have a 2wd, with the trailer tow'n, trie and handl'n, LSD, etc.
My truck has the 11 inch rear drums, and about once a week do the back up and slam on the brakes thing. I'll bet it looks funny to bystanders!

PS, I have 56,400 miles, on my original set of tires! Still have some tread, and passed TX inspection a few months ago! I have them rotated and balanced aoubt every 7,000 miles, it's free.



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7/29/2004
09:45:32

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the cc only have 9" drums? no wonder you guys are complaining about pads wearing out so fast. my QC has 11" drums. prolly about 3" wide. got 38,000 and still have over 1/2 the front pads left. like tod says, keeping the rears adjusts helps a lot.



TexasTodd
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7/29/2004
09:46:00

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On a side note about the tires, yes, I do spin the wheels. I have a mildly modded 4.7, with a 5 spd manual, that will white smoke, I mean roast the tires form a stop, without any of the power braking nonsense.

What is really nice, is the wicked, long, dual, 2nd gear scratches my truck will leave, in a straight line, on dry concrete, going 20-30 mph!



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7/29/2004
10:22:18

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Yeah i got shafted on my drum size. I'm gonna do the brake upgrade but probably wait until fall or winter. It's to damn hot to work outside right now.



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