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Old 03-19-2012, 11:02 AM
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I finally got the new brakes installed on my 2010. It was a nice day yesterday afternoon, so I dusted off the tools and went at it. I did both pads and rotors. I opted for the Hawk LTS pads and Hawk Quiet Slot rotors. The install went relatively smooth, no busted knuckles, but I did have to modify a 17mm wrench slightly to remove the caliper bolts. In all the installation took about 1.5 hours.

Here are a few pics showing the installation.

Pic 1 - the new pads and rotors

Pic 2 - shows the stock set up with front wheel removed

Pic 3 - caliper is removed. A 13mm wrench/socket was needed to loosen the caliper bolt, but there is also a 17mm backing nut on the caliper itself that needed to be held. My regular 17mm wrench was too thick to fit between the caliper and bracket so I took one of my other lesser 17mm wrenches and ground it a bit thinner so it would fit. With the two wrenches together, the caliper bolts came off quite easily.

Pic 4 - shows the old pads once they came off. The wear between the inside and outside pad was quite even surprisingly, although the inside (piston side) pad a slightly more wear on the leading edge. You can kinda see this in the pic. It's the pad on the bottom (left side)

Pic 5 - shows the old and new pad side by side

Pic 6 and 7 - shows the caliper bracket and bolts. I showed the bolts in my hand to show the relative size of them. I needed a 21mm to loosen those buggers, and they were TIGHT!!! Had to smack the end of the wrench with a hammer to bust them loose.

Pic 8 - shows the old rotor once it was removed. The wear on it was even and as expected.

Pic 9 - shows the new Hawk rotor and caliper bracket installed.

Pic 10 - shows the caliper pistons being compressed back into place. I used a large C-clamp for this. I just had to make sure the clamp was centered as much as possible. On the first try I just had it on one side and as I was squeezing the one piston back in, the other piston was coming out. Moving the calmp over a bit solved that problem

Pic 11 - shows the spring retainer clips on the stock pads. They just had to be pulled off and put on the new pads.

Pic 12 - shows the new pads installed in the caliper bracket. With the clips on the ends of the pads, they were a bit fussy to get into the slots on the bracket. A little tapping here and there solved that. After they were installed I smeared some high temp brake lubricant onto the backs of the pads. A smalled packet of lube came with the pads.

Pic 13 - shows the caliper-installed

Pic 14 - shows the final assembly

Pic 15 - shows all the tools I needed - hammer, 13mm wrench, 13mm socket and ratchet, modified 17mm wrench, 21 mm wrench, C-clamp, and flat head screwdriver (not shown).

After I installed the pads and rotors, I followed Hawks bedding-in procedure.
1. 6-10 moderate stops from 30 - 35 mph
2. 3 hard stops from 40 - 45 mph.
3. Minimum 15 minute cool down period before further use

After each stop, the brakes felt progressively better. When I took the truck out last night to go to hockey, there was a noticable improvement from stock. It wasn't night and day, but it was enough to take notice. At highway speed, when I tapped the brakes, they had a good initial bite, moreso than stock. I haven't really pounded on them (yet) to see how they perform. A friend of mine has a 2011 QC hemi. I'm going to ask him to do a side by side braking test for comparison. I'll post the results of that when I get to it.

There was also a Hawk sticker that came with the pads (seen in the last picture). If someone wants it, send me a PM with your address and I'll mail it to you. Otherwise I'm just going to throw it away

JJ
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Old 03-19-2012, 04:35 PM
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good job and thanks for the write up, how many miles were on ur truck? reps to ya
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Old 03-19-2012, 05:27 PM
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Nice job on the replacements

I also wonder what your mileage is

I have 62,000 miles on my Ram & the dealership has not even mentioned brake pads or rotors yet, they have mentioned a brake fluid change, power steering fluid change, & radiator flush.
I will do the pads & fluid change at the same time, the Rams pads have lasted a year longer than my last truck did, they were at 70% wear at 2 years
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My 2010 has I think 57,000 miles and my pads are great. I suspect the PO had changed them since they have a lot of meat on them. The truck had 38,000 miles when I bought it about 13 months ago.
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Moparornocar72 - thanks for the rep points. Much appreciated.

My truck has just shy of 70,000 km on it or a little over 43,000 miles.

When I last brought the truck into the dealership for service about 6 weeks ago, they told me the pads had about 10% life left in them. I was skeptical at the time considering the mileage, but knowing what I use the truck for (I am a contractor), and how/where I drive the truck, I figured it was plausible.

But as you can see from the pics, there's still a fair bit of life left in the pads. The wear bar/groove was still well defined. Admittedly, I probably could've gotten another 15,000 - 20,000 km on them without any problem.

Gauging brake wear by mileage alone probably isn't a good benchmark. My driving is probably 60/40 city/highway. I'm sure if it was +80% highway, I could've easily gotten another 50,000km on them or better.

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I got just about 70,000km on mine and by the feel from my brake pedal, I shall soon be due for news pads...Perhaps rotors as well...I will get a good look at them when I take my winter treads off...
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I just changed mine at 14,000 miles due to a warped rotor, the pads had a lot of life left on them but I decided to change them and put ceramics on. I also purchased rears but haven't installed them. I went with Powerstop drilled and slotted rotors. Does any body know if the rear rotors are larger?
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Nice and thank you. I am doing mine at a friends house, now I know what tools to bring.
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im surprised at how little the disks were slotted...
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