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I am wondering about getting these:
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I have seen great reviews about these on many dodge sites. How hard would it be to install all this myself? I am a diy guy. Is there any guides? Do I need any special tools?

Also, I read that I should get stainless steal lines, is this correct? Like this: http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/BRAKE...Q5fCarQ5fParts

Do I need 4 of those?

And what is the process for braking them in properly?
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Ceramic brakes and associated parts are for hi-performance uses where heat is a major issue.

For a daily driver, its a HUGE waste of money.

Just do a normal brake job and get your rotors/drums turned even if they don't look like they need it.
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ceramic brakes are really only usefull in high performance applications. if your not making gobs of power and goin fast (at least 9 second e.t's) then its not worth it. much better things to spend your money on. the rotors are designed to shave off brake pads so you never glaze over on your pads and wont have brake fade associated with high stress multiple baking situations such as road track cars or extreme off road vehicles

the stainless lines are a must have in my opinion tho. they improve braking force a good amount

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I don't care, I would rather have these then go and have Firestone rip me off more. I had them replace all new rotors, all pads, and front calipers 8k miles ago. And now I am having issues with them. I will take it in, but I would much rather not have squeaky ass semi-metallic pads either.

I want to make this nice, and I have the funds to do so.
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I don't care, I would rather have these then go and have Firestone rip me off more. I had them replace all new rotors, all pads, and front calipers 8k miles ago. And now I am having issues with them. I will take it in, but I would much rather not have squeaky ass semi-metallic pads either.

I want to make this nice, and I have the funds to do so.

you will be more than likely replacing pads at about 6000 with those rotors. how hard are you on the brakes? some people think they are very average on them but in actuality they are very hard on em. my mother in law had a problem with this, i would replace her pads about 3 times a year and with a change of driving style she's been fine ever since, going on a year now with the same stuff.

i have built a lot of "high performance" cars from my 5 rx7's to my talon's and eclipses and my camaro's and buddy's mustangs. ive seen it all and usually it all depends on the driving. ceramic pads get loud, semi metalics are not, thats usually what you buy when you get pads. that what i put on my ram and not a single noise. i just bought the cheap ones at parts city.

if your dead set on getting these it is very easy to replace them and they should come with a break in procedure slip/instructions. all you have to do is take 4 bolts out and maybe a screw. the bolts will be holding your callipers to the bracket and the bracket to the spindle and they might have used a screw to secure the rotor to the hub. its very easy and shouldn't take you more than an hour or so. i did all 4 on mine, drums in the rear, in an hour and a half with air tools. it usually takes me about an hour to do just fronts with hand tools. youtube has a lot of good video's on doing brakes but if you need a little guidance beyond that pm me and we can talk from there.

if you live in my area i can help you out too if needed. i live in western WI
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I don't care, I would rather have these then go and have Firestone rip me off more. I had them replace all new rotors, all pads, and front calipers 8k miles ago. And now I am having issues with them. I will take it in, but I would much rather not have squeaky ass semi-metallic pads either.

I want to make this nice, and I have the funds to do so.
Most of the time the squeal isn't just the brake pad , it's the preparation of the pad . I've had some real good success at getting rid of brake noise .
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Well, should I take it to Firestone and just have them look at it? I don't want to dump any more money into it, but maybe I don't. I don't know if they will just replace them or maybe they just need to be tweaked. I really like these rotors and pads.

But can I ask why you say I will probably be changing them out at 6k miles?
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Go to Midas and get an ASE certified brake tech to work on the truck. May not even need new brakes.
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Go to Midas and get an ASE certified brake tech to work on the truck. May not even need new brakes.
This isn't something I want to pour a lot of money into that I have already done.
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