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ktmrfs

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factory or Akebono. Akebono is an OEM supplier to GM.

I either run OEM pads, or if they have to much black dust (european) I run Akebono pads.


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I would use something like this: https://www.tirerack.com/brakes/brakes.jsp?make=Hawk&model=HP+SuperDuty+brake+pads&group=HP+SuperDuty+brake+pads&brand=Hawk&cat=Pads

Hawk makes a variety of pads for different circumstances. Ceramic-based pads are GREAT, but only when hot and they make a racket. Cheaper pads (like the Akebono OEM replacements) will work fine but tend to put out a lot of dust.

Here's a great comparison of inexpensive v. OE and upper-end pads. https://jalopnik.com/heres-the-difference-between-cheap-and-expensive-brake-1839775565

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I had the Hawk Super Duty on a 06 3500 DRW. Mine never made noise when hot. Really good pads and we much better than the OEM pads were.


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ferndaleflyer wrote:

I don't tow a camper but I do tow a 32ft enclosed car trailer with a DRW F350. Truck and trailer weigh on CAT scales 22,000lbs and has had the brakes all around changed twice in 160,000+ miles. Roters never turned or changed and always done at the dealer I guess with Ford parts. It is due for new ones now. Just saying don't over think this.


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ktmrfs wrote:

factory or Akebono. Akebono is an OEM supplier to GM.

I either run OEM pads, or if they have to much black dust (european) I run Akebono pads.


Interesting. I haven't had enough seat time in newer Fords trucks, but Ram still puts out super dust brake pads (just canned them on our new to us 2016, wheels wouldn't stay clean for 2 days).
The GM OE truck setups are very low dust, knew they were ceramics. Service life seemed decent. Orig pads on my 2017 Silverado work truck lasted about 77k miles, which is spectacular considering I drive it like a rental and a fair amount of "overloaded" towing in the mountains for 2 summers.

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propchef wrote:

I would use something like this: https://www.tirerack.com/brakes/brakes.jsp?make=Hawk&model=HP+SuperDuty+brake+pads&group=HP+SuperDuty+brake+pads&brand=Hawk&cat=Pads

Hawk makes a variety of pads for different circumstances. Ceramic-based pads are GREAT, but only when hot and they make a racket. Cheaper pads (like the Akebono OEM replacements) will work fine but tend to put out a lot of dust.

Here's a great comparison of inexpensive v. OE and upper-end pads. https://jalopnik.com/heres-the-difference-between-cheap-and-expensive-brake-1839775565


I've used Akebono ceramic pads as a replacement on multiple european cars to get rid of the black dust problem and with the Akebono pads there is almost no dust, and absolutely no squeal or any other noise. Brake performance even under heavy driving was by "seat of the pants" pretty much the same as original pads.
Unlike some others I tried they don't seem to give up life or performance compared to OEM pads.

I wouldn't list the akebono's as inexpensive, but they aren't as expensive as some.

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I'm not reading thru 5 pages of comments,..................

https://akebonobrakes.com/

OEM supplier to GM. Make very good quality products. NAPA sells them, may have to order them in.

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whjco wrote:

I had an Excursion and a 2000 Econoline E350. Both had issues with the inner lining of the flex hoses sluffing off and causing a restriction in the hose that kept the calipers from fully retracting.


I experienced this in the 1980's on my 1970 Mustang. Drum brakes and one on the front was not working well, finally removed the hose from the wheel cylinder and push hard on the pedal and only a couple of drops would work their way thru.

More recently the problems I experience is the phenolic pistons on calipers gumming up and seizing up when you step on a hot brake. I have had it happen twice on my old Ford Ranger, and a co-worker had it happen twice on his '04 RAM 3500 DRW, both of his were rear calipers and not hot before they started locking up. First was one side, then later the other.

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* This post was edited 02/05/21 11:34pm by CharlesinGA *

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I've used a number of different brake pads over the years and I've had the best performance from Carquest OEM Spec. pads.


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