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10-19-2011, 11:22 PM #1
Brake & rotor upgrade for lifted truck?
- Truck: 2004 GMC Sierra 1500 Extended Cab w/ 8 foot bed
- Lift: 6" Fabtech
- Wheels: 17" Helo 835 17x8
- Shoes: 315/70R17 Nitto Terra Grapplers
While my pads look fine a pad upgrade is an obvious choice. While I'm at it I'm thinking of a rotor replacement .. and if I'm going to go there I'm considering upsizing. I'll definitely go with slotted rotors (NOT drilled and NOT drilled/slotted), but I'm just not sure an upsized rotor will fit with my wheels.
Can anyone shed some light on decent big brake kits that don't cost an arm and a leg and will work with 17" wheels? Should I just stick with stock rotor sizes and switch to slotted rotors and high qualidy pads? Any rotor or pad recommendations?
Last edited by SurrealOne; 10-19-2011 at 11:57 PM.
10-19-2011, 11:34 PM #2
if your looking for "big brake kits"... SSBC has one and many other brands too... but i know for sure that the ssbc one requires 18" wheels or larger2000 Chevrolet Silverado
4.3L V6, 4L60E, 2WD, Single Cab
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10-19-2011, 11:45 PM #3
Look at R1 concepts for rotors stock size will be fine since your not running anything abnormally large. I'd say look at the premium series over the eline. they have the slotted only (as well as all the others)
http://www.r1concepts.com/chevrolet-...-2004-ext5.htm. they run about 190/pair front and 240/pair rear on the premium slotted. there is also powerstop rotors to look at.
I would also suggest looking for the braided stainless steel brake lines from russel.
A good set of pads can be from NAPA, EBC or Reybestos
Last edited by dsfloyd; 10-19-2011 at 11:47 PM.David
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10-20-2011, 01:33 AM #4
On that link to Russell I didn't see an option for a 6" lifted 2004 Sierra 4x4. It looks like they have 2WD for my year but the 4WD are for 05-06. I can't think of any sane reason for this. It looks like the part number for the 05-06 is the same in 2WD as it is in 4WD for those years, so perhps it's just an oddball omission and the 2WD part number for 99-06 is the same for 4WD. I should likely call -- as it's confusing as heck that there's a part number for 99-06 and then a different one for 05-06. (The last time I checked, 99-06 overlaps 05-06!)
I've been looking at EBC Yellow Stuff pads but want lower dust if I can get it. EBC Green Stuff 7000 series is lower dust but stopping power is lost. I'd really prefer a low-dust equiv to the Yellow Stuff pads if anyone knows of any speak up, please!
10-20-2011, 05:12 PM #5
10-20-2011, 06:32 PM #6
It made me mad, as that's exactly what I'm trying to avoid by buying a kit...
I'm undecided on ceramic versus semi-metallic...
10-20-2011, 06:49 PM #7
Let me check the kit I have. My truck is an 04 2500 non hd with 4 wheel disc with 6" lift and they didnt list it specifically (guess it depends on who you call). Unfortunately the truck is in the shop but I'll do some measurements and take some pics. I think I still have the old brake hoses. if the lengths are the same as yours and size then the kit should work too. Might take a day or so but let me see.
10-20-2011, 06:51 PM #8
10-20-2011, 07:10 PM #9
Another Web Site to take a look at for Stainless Steel Brake Lines for Trucks with Lifts......is Cognito Motor Sports,
10-21-2011, 09:43 AM #10
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Because your truck has been lifted, a pre made kit may not be long enough from the calipers to the factory 'hard lines'. Thats probably why he said you need to measure the length and size of the fittings. You may need to have a set custom made for your application.
Hope that helps.
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