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Braking options for my 6.0L

Hey guys, so because this is the 6L performance section i figured id post this here. If this belongs in the general braking thread, lemme know.

Basically as stated in some of my other few threads, Im new to diesel trucks. I bought the truck to mainly tow my R32 to track events and such along with anything i might need it for. Plus ive found trying to move (which i do often) sucks in a little VW.

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Although a 3400 lb car plus the weight of the trailer aint nothin to pull, ive found trying to stop on a dime isnt what it is when ur towing. I live in Frederick, MD and frequent in Baltimore or DC traffic. I want to be confident i can stop as quickly as possible if i have to for whatever reason, towing or not.

Comparing the 6L to my R32 prformance wise isnt even close.. so ill try not to haha but im going to. The R32 Calipers are large and all the car needs to stop in normal driving ( non track days ) is rotors, pads and uprated fluid.

This leads me to ask what is available as far as Big Brake Kits/ Larger Calipers and acessories. I am curious if our calipers are good enough and all i would need is a good pad and rotor combo w/ fluid or if a 6 piston caliper and larger rotor would benefit me more?

Also while on XDP.com the other day, I saw exhaust brake options as well. I am not familiar with EXH Brakes whatsoever. However, from what I know of with the Army Trucks i have driven, exhaust brakes dont exactly stop u that quickly.

I found a thread for a Wilwood BBK BIG BRAKE kits now available!! and this looks like a nice kit but was also curious if anyone made brackets to fit Brembo or Stoptech 6Piston calipers?


Thanks for any input and let me know if this is the wrong forum.

-Ellery
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First things first.

Have you flushed your brakes and hydroboost/power steering ?
This makes a big difference.

Next, I replaced my rotors and pads last fall with ones from ART.
They are cyro slotted rotors and they made a nice improvement.
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Now this is all on a 12,000 work truck that tows a 10,000 dump trailer so I would think it would improve your braking also.

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Thanks for the info. To answer the first question, no i havent flushed my system yet and I never would of thought to do powersteering fluid for braking system. Im currently in Afghanistan and wont be returning to the states for an additional 6 months. I am just trying to gain knowledge and see what others have done.

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SSBC has eight piston calipers for stock rims. Not as good as Cary's idea but I don't have the cash to switch all eight of my rims (have a set of winter rims).


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Thanks for the info. To answer the first question, no i havent flushed my system yet and I never would of thought to do powersteering fluid for braking system. Im currently in Afghanistan and wont be returning to the states for an additional 6 months. I am just trying to gain knowledge and see what others have done.

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Our trucks use transmission fluid in the power steering and brake booster. Do not put power steering fluid in there.

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Our trucks use transmission fluid in the power steering and brake booster. Do not put power steering fluid in there.

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Well i do apprciate the heads up, would never have considered that. Im sure i would have came across this eventually, but it might be my luck id dump PS fluid in there.. Ill have to get a book on the truck then, which is something i have yet to do.


Can anyone attest to the quality of SSBC braking systems? Deff looks like a cheaper caliper design, but looks can be deceiving. Im still doing some research on those. i have read good reviews drom some members but nothing on the caliper design/construction directly.

Again, im newer to trucks since ive been out of the scene for a few years (used to have a 2002 5.4L ECSB.

I got intouch with Carey at CT performance and the Price tag was a little higher than i was expecting. Even for a 8 piston brembo setup/ stoptech for my car is still cheaper for just a front setup. ( again im not trying to compare, but when u own a european limited production car, parts are crzy prices. )

Thanks for the info guys, I really do appreciate it.

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I got intouch with Carey at CT performance and the Price tag was a little higher than i was expecting. Even for a 8 piston brembo setup/ stoptech for my car is still cheaper for just a front setup. ( again im not trying to compare, but when u own a european limited production car, parts are crzy prices. )

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yeah i figured enough. if its not my car, its something else, lol Atleast i have no money for Crack now that i have 2 expensive hobbies.
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yeah i figured enough. if its not my car, its something else, lol Atleast i have no money for Crack now that i have 2 expensive hobbies.
Ya I got a boosted lq9 in my f-body $$$$
A 6.0 $$$$
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