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Old 10-02-2011, 04:27 PM   #1
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Do any of you out there have experience with upgrading factory brakes with the slotted and/or drilled rotors and high-end pads that the aftermarket offers ? I have a 2003 F-350 V10 gas crew cab 4X4 that had some front rotor warpage issues that were corrected with factory warranty replacements some years ago. No problems since, but the heaviest tow until now was a 6,000lb TT. Recently purchased a 9,000+ Jayco Designer 5'er that will be over 10,000 when loaded, and near the upper limit for the Ford's capacity. So, since heavier loads mean higher temps on the brakes, am wondering if I should now upgrade the rotors and pads. Anybody have thoughts pro or con on this ?
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I really don't see this as a problem. I am assuming that the new trailer will come with brakes.

A lot of rotor warpage in our area comes from long down hills and water holes and slush on the road. The ice cold water on hot rotors will do it every time.
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Do any of you out there have experience with upgrading factory brakes with the slotted and/or drilled rotors and high-end pads that the aftermarket offers ?.....snip
My understanding (talking with my nephew) is that slotted rotors have more braking surface and dissipate heat better than drilled rotors....., the down side is that slotted rotors will go through pads a little faster than drilled. Drilled rotors will dissipate heat better than stock rotors, better pad life, but the drilling process has weakened the metal a little.

If you do the job yourself, take note that there is a proper directional rotation required when installing both the slotted and drilled rotors.

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To emphasize something implied earlier: if your trailer brakes are working properly, your tow vehicle brakes should not have to work much harder than when not towing.
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The very first mod I did to my tow vehicle when I got it was drilled and slotted rotors with more aggressive brake pads... WHOA is more important than GO. SUMMIT can provide you with all the parts you need ...I went direct fit replacement so it was just like doing a regular brake job. IF you do it yourself make sure you use brake clean to wash off the new rotors BEFORE you put them on.... they have a "grease" coating to prevent rust while sitting in the warehouse.
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Thanks, everyone, for weighing in on the subject. Think I will just try things out as is, and be overly cautious until I know how the truck brakes respond.
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I had a 2002 Ford F250 that was a great truck except the brakes. For years Ford had issues with the rotors. To solve our recurring rotor issues we installed heavy duty rotors from Disk Brakes Australia ("DBA"). The rotors were slotted (not drilled as DBA advises against drilling for heavy duty truck installations) and paired with Hawk 4000 pads. Totally solved the problem. Lots of solutions out there and this is just one of them.
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