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Who has upgraded their brakes? With an 8,000lb kerbweight the stock 13.5" brakes are somewhat lacking. It seems this has always been a failing on Ford vehicles. The c.15" brakes on the F450 are far meatier but there are fitment issues so aftermarket seems to be the answer.

With the stock 20" rims, there is room for 16.5" brakes with a little to spare. I don't need that big but would like at least 15" but the one proviso is I do not want cross-drilled as with this much weight they have a greate liklihood of splitting. So, does anyone have any good recommendations for the SoCal area?
 

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Who has upgraded their brakes? With an 8,000lb kerbweight the stock 13.5" brakes are somewhat lacking. It seems this has always been a failing on Ford vehicles. The c.15" brakes on the F450 are far meatier but there are fitment issues so aftermarket seems to be the answer.

With the stock 20" rims, there is room for 16.5" brakes with a little to spare. I don't need that big but would like at least 15" but the one proviso is I do not want cross-drilled as with this much weight they have a greate liklihood of splitting. So, does anyone have any good recommendations for the SoCal area?

This is a great subject and would love to know more if anyone knows something? We do need more suitable braking components for our trucks.
 

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So it seems we're at a dead end of sorts. My web research has led me to sites where the brakes are either even smaller than the stockers, available only on older SDs while a recommendation to look at another brake maker showed brakes with bizarre cross drilled pattern that look like they wouldn't last five minutes.

Caryt- Hawk pads recommendation is certainly a sound one, but would be nice to combine these with big rotors.

Are there any vendors out there who can help? Two very interested customers here.:read:

Ben- nice stable and it sounds like your problem is similar to mine in that 13.5" brakes on an 8,000lb unloaded rig just aren't giving you much confidence. I also have an 08 M5 where stock 15" stoppers are employed to stop 3,900lbs. Now, like you, I'm not expecting an SD to stop like that but certainly want more than factory. Let me know if you find anything.
 

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one thing to remember, is its not the outer diameter of a brake that matters, it is the swept area of the pad.
 

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WOW!!!!! Those Wilwoods look incredible! I wonder what the durability is like on a tow rig that actually see miles?e
 

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WOW!!!!! Those Wilwoods look incredible! I wonder what the durability is like on a tow rig that actually see miles?e
Thats todd's brakes. he sells a ton of kits to the guys on the lightning board im on. I've heard nothing but good reviews, and these are from guys road racing 5,000lb trucks.
 

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Ben- nice stable and it sounds like your problem is similar to mine in that 13.5" brakes on an 8,000lb unloaded rig just aren't giving you much confidence. I also have an 08 M5 where stock 15" stoppers are employed to stop 3,900lbs. Now, like you, I'm not expecting an SD to stop like that but certainly want more than factory. Let me know if you find anything.
Thanks for the compliment!

After reading the below post about the wilwood brake kit, im VERY disappointed. I just lifted my truck on 18" wheels and NOT 20" like I should have. Otherwise I seriously would have ordered the brake kit 10 seconds ago.
I just cant justify reselling my wheels and tires at a loss just to buy another set.
 

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Yes, 16" rotors will fit behind our 20s.

Ben- your 18s with lift sounds perfect for off roading. Just put some miles on the new tires and consider a brake change in 10k or so.

Going to call the shop tomorrow. Trying to work out if I should get just fronts or front and rears (assuming availability). Any opinions?
 

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Yes, 16" rotors will fit behind our 20s.

Ben- your 18s with lift sounds perfect for off roading. Just put some miles on the new tires and consider a brake change in 10k or so.

Going to call the shop tomorrow. Trying to work out if I should get just fronts or front and rears (assuming availability). Any opinions?
Id say do just the fronts and feel it out. Both front and rear "might" be overkill.
 

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FWIW,

18" wheels could be fit with up to 14.25" rotor kits. The value of such a BBK will be diminished slightly however as you'd do well to have more rotor than this.

There are plans on file for a rear kit to match the front if anyone wants to do so. A rear kit is a real plus for towing apps where rear weight is a greater issue.
 

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sorry for bringing up an old thread but did the front brakes change for the 2009 F350? Brake Pros has a listing for big brakes that fit 2005-2008.

I would have thought 2008 and 2009 would be the same and if anything would not fit 2007 and older!

Applications for AP5200R / AP5200 Front Big Brake Kits:
• 2005-2008 Ford F250 Super Duty 4WD
• 2005-2008 Ford F350 Super Duty 4WD
• Matching Rear Rotors also available - Part# FOR5850XS
 

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Thanks for the compliment!

After reading the below post about the wilwood brake kit, im VERY disappointed. I just lifted my truck on 18" wheels and NOT 20" like I should have. Otherwise I seriously would have ordered the brake kit 10 seconds ago.
I just cant justify reselling my wheels and tires at a loss just to buy another set.

Something to look at to put inside your 18's....I have no idea how good these are, and zero experience with the company or their products, just did a search and they showed up. Maybe worth researching more...

SSBC :: Truck Stop Program
 
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