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Awaiting delivery of my new 1500 and read a few posts where some have said you need to "brake in" new after market rotors and pads. Does the same hold true for a new truck coming from the factory? If so, what is the proper way to do this? Thanks
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You normally need to make serval harder stops from 55-10 mph (don't stop, do this 5-7 times) then perform hardish stops from 35-5 mph (again don't stop and do this 3-5 times) then drive around for about 20 min and use the brakes as little as possible and DONT ever come to a complete stop until this 20 min period is up so that the rotors have cooled back down and are ready to use normally.

Now I'm not sure for other brands but my brake kit (larger rotors, calipers, carbon ceramic pads that were all intended to be used as one unit) told me to break it in this way. It might be not as extreme for standard brakes so play it by ear.
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You need to bed your pads and season your rotors.

Here's a good How To for both:

http://www.tirerack.com/brakes/tech/....jsp?techid=85
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Bedding pads was a *huge* deal in the high performance car world. The problem was there was never a safe place to do it. I ruined a set of very expensive pads and rotors because I was forced to come to a stop after like the 10th repetition.

That said, I have been thoroughly impressed by the Ram's OEM pads as they seem to have required zero bedding. Could they perform better if I went out and bedded them? Probably.

Could I be forced to come to a full stop and therefore create thickness variation (symptoms include pedal and steering wheel pulsation under light braking)? Yes.

Completely not worth it to me to bed pads on a public road - too likely to be forced to stop on hot brakes (and therefore creating the foundation for thickness variation).

I'd sure as heck bed pads on an oval racetrack, though. It's easy to run 30 minutes at 50 mph uninterrupted to let the brakes cool after bedding the pads.
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