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Old 08-06-2013, 09:58 PM
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I picked up a new 2013 QC Big Horn about a week ago and so far I love the truck. I switched from a 2011 F-150 with the 5.0 and what a difference in torque between the two. All in all I am very happy with the new Ram with the exception of one area. My F-150 had much stronger brakes, or at least so it seems. With minimal pedal effort I could bring the F-150 to a screeching hault. The Ram seems like it needs a lot more pedal effort to get similar stopping power but I only have 500 miles on the truck so maybe they are not broken in yet.

Today I had Destination AT's installed and while watching the work get done, sized up the rotors and they do look a little on the small side. Of course with 20" wheels anything less than a 16" rotor will look small.

So is there a consensus in the Ram world that the brakes are plenty strong and I just need to get used to pedal actuation or have others felt this way as well? I don't want to shell out money right now for a big brake kit but it would be nice to know if I may be imagining this. I'll see if I can find a braking comparison test somewhere online.

The truck is pretty well loaded with options and I really like the Max-steel color. In the right light you can catch the blue but much of the time it is more of a dark metallic gray. The metallic paint is much more metallic than a pearl coat and I think that works great on dark colors like this. I'll get some pics with the Destination AT's (white letters out) after I wash the truck again. This is my first dark vehicle and I have new appreciation for keeping a dark color clean. I do enjoy washing/waxing so that is cool with me.

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Old 08-07-2013, 11:44 AM
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Sounds like everyone is pretty happy with braking on their 2013's?

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Old 08-07-2013, 12:03 PM
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just have to get use to different feel.
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Old 08-07-2013, 12:13 PM
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That is what I figured.

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Beautiful truck....My dad works on the line at ford and I totally agree...It is a totally different feel...You will get use to it...I still take a ton of heat for buying a RAM but I have to tell you... I would buy another one again.....
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Rams Front discs are 13.2 x 1" and the F-150's are 13.78 x .55" -- The Fords are a bit larger (by about a 1/2inch), but also thinner.

Also, ford brake pads are are a different beast all together. I freaking HATE ford brake pads. My Wife has an Explorer now, and cannot wait to replace them. They squeal like a whore, and are completely unpredictable as they heat up/cool down. They remind me exactly of old mustang pads, and if you ask any Mustang guy what they replaced first, 75% will tell you the brake pads.
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I read somewhere (Allpar?) that they had slightly changed the braking on the new rams to make them feel more responsive vs. the previous 4th gens, But here is what I can say from my experience driving my 2013 lone star vs my dad's '09 SLT (keep in mind he has about 50k more miles on his truck than I have on mine):

His seems to brake quicker, but the pedal must be pushed down farther for the truck to start braking. Mine starts to brake as soon as I hit the pedal but it doesn't brake as hard. I believe if you were to measure how far the pedals were depressed on each truck, the pedal on my truck would not have to be depressed as far to get the same amount of braking. In my opinion this makes his feel more responsive, but the '13 feels like it is more sensitive i.e. you have a bit more control over how much brake you apply. Like I said though, I'm not sure how much of this is due to my brakes not being quite broken in yet.

Beautiful truck btw. I really like the maximum steel, almost like a gunmetal color.
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Also, ford brake pads are are a different beast all together. I freaking HATE ford brake pads. My Wife has an Explorer now, and cannot wait to replace them. They squeal like a whore, and are completely unpredictable as they heat up/cool down. They remind me exactly of old mustang pads, and if you ask any Mustang guy what they replaced first, 75% will tell you the brake pads.
+1 I HATE Ford brakes. After 13 years of driving Fords, I seriously developed a flinch from their squealing brakes.
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Pic with new tires please!? I work for Bridgestone btw. TONS of our employees run the Dueler tires on their trucks.
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Pic with new tires please!? I work for Bridgestone btw. TONS of our employees run the Dueler tires on their trucks.
I was waiting to wash it again but I'll go grab a quick photo. The edgy look of the Destination AT along with the white letters looks awesome in my book. I love this truck. Braking concerns are long gone.

Here are two hasty, contrasty images. I'll get better ones in a few days when I can wash it and take it somewhere other than my driveway.





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