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Old 08-07-2013, 05:50 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.

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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I haven't driven a Ford lately, lol, but I will say, imo, that my 13 Ram brakes much better than what my 09 Sierra did.
That is one of the things I noticed right away, it didn't take much foot pressure at all to activate them, they were right there instantly.

If your's are not the same, I would let the dealer know as maybe the proportioning valve is set incorrectly or maybe you have one brake that is holding up? (Long shot but you never know?)

LOL on the Black truck comment, I almost bought the exact same color but decided to go white and I am loving it as it definitely doesn't show the dirt near as bad imo as what my last 3 black trucks did.
Wish I had of went white at least 2 trucks ago.
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In the last pickup truck shootout this June, the Ram took about 10' ft more to stop than the Ford unloaded and if I remember correctly, loaded they were close to equal.

GM took longer to brake than Ram.
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LOL

All my prior trucks have been white. I had to make a change. If I am able to own a second vehicle I'll make sure one is white as I do like how it looks. But these Ram's look so sharp with the chrome front and dark paint I just couldn't resist.

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I haven't driven a Ford lately, lol, but I will say, imo, that my 13 Ram brakes much better than what my 09 Sierra did.
That is one of the things I noticed right away, it didn't take much foot pressure at all to activate them, they were right there instantly.

If your's are not the same, I would let the dealer know as maybe the proportioning valve is set incorrectly or maybe you have one brake that is holding up? (Long shot but you never know?)

LOL on the Black truck comment, I almost bought the exact same color but decided to go white and I am loving it as it definitely doesn't show the dirt near as bad imo as what my last 3 black trucks did.
Wish I had of went white at least 2 trucks ago.

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I just switched up from an '11 to a '13
even after almost 100k the '11 was as "stop on a dime" strong as it was from the day i drove it off the lot
i've got a little over 2000km on the '13 and the first time i had to do a "slam on 'em" i just about shyt myself they were so soft. i thought for sure i was gonna taste rear bumper
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I just switched up from an '11 to a '13
even after almost 100k the '11 was as "stop on a dime" strong as it was from the day i drove it off the lot
i've got a little over 2000km on the '13 and the first time i had to do a "slam on 'em" i just about shyt myself they were so soft. i thought for sure i was gonna taste rear bumper
Sorry to hear that; but that does match my initial impression. But I ca't find a big brake upgrade kit anyway so I am just going to not worry about it for now.

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Sorry to hear that; but that does match my initial impression. But I ca't find a big brake upgrade kit anyway so I am just going to not worry about it for now.

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You know, before you look into upgrading to a big brake kit, you might wanna try some more aggressive brake pads. After reading this yesterday I played around with mine, and can tell the pads that are on the truck are very forgiving both cold and hot (In fact, I was impressed at how little fade there was when I got them hot). But, it is obvious the Ram engineers chose a rather forgiving pad (I guarantee it is shared with Jeep or the 300)

If you want a bit more grab, you could try upgrading to like EBC Green or EBC Red pads. I have heard great things about them, but they prefer to be hot.
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The '13 F150 had an easier brake pedal for sure, mostly due to a much stronger power assist it seemed. Pads may have been more agressive as well, the Fords weigh more and rotor size is similar so stopping power should be similar.

I went right from the F150 into the Ram the same afternoon and yes it feels like the Ram is heavier coming to a stop. A lot of is the Ram seems to coast a lot longer with no throttle, the Ford would scrub mph a lot quicker when off the gas and coasting down.

It takes a different driving style for sure, but its not like the Ram cant get stopped, just have to push the pedal harder.
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The '13 F150 had an easier brake pedal for sure, mostly due to a much stronger power assist it seemed. Pads may have been more agressive as well, the Fords weigh more and rotor size is similar so stopping power should be similar.

I went right from the F150 into the Ram the same afternoon and yes it feels like the Ram is heavier coming to a stop. A lot of is the Ram seems to coast a lot longer with no throttle, the Ford would scrub mph a lot quicker when off the gas and coasting down.

It takes a different driving style for sure, but its not like the Ram cant get stopped, just have to push the pedal harder.
Agreed.

I am trying to get 1,000 miles on my RAm before I trailer this weekend. I'll only pull a jet ski but technically it will connect to the wiring harness and I wouldn't be surprised if the computer reads a trailer connect and compares it to mileage and stores a code for the future. We'll see.

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I only have two complaints on my Bighorn but love everything else.

1. Brakes - It really does take a while to get this sucker stopped. Last week I got to test out the anitlock brakes and was surprised at how long it took...almost was too long. Ever driven a newer Tundra? ...now that truck has brakes.

2. Torque management / traction control - I mean, for f#@&s sake, I have 400hp and can only use a portion of that when I need it in some situations. Heaven for bid the tires break loose. I can actually feel the truck pull power out on occasion. That isn't the best feeling when you are trying to pull out in three lanes of traffic barreling down on you at 60mph.

Other than that, I am really happy with the truck.
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I have to say my 13 ram brakes better than my 06 sierra did as well. but it is a different feel completely.

I will also say, that the stock SR-A tires are about as much help aiding short stopping distances as black ice is. Never driven a stock tire with such poor traction. It is quiet, and I'm sure it's engineered for eeking every last iota of mileage out of the powertrain to help the epa ratings. but I think it does so at the cost of everything else. It's only comparison to real tires is that it's made of rubber, and round.
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