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Old 03-21-2009, 11:30 AM
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OBS front brake upgrades

Anyone know someone who sells upgrade kits? I have to stand on the pedel just to think about slowing down...ok not that bad but I need it to stop a lot quicker. I am currently running 16" rims but concidering going to a 17" or 18".
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Old 03-21-2009, 02:10 PM
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I'm interested as well. I hold my breath when trying to make a quick stop with the swampers.
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Old 03-21-2009, 07:52 PM
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summit racing has our OBS rotors on sale 30% off i think?. There cross drilled and slotted. Cant really do much upgrading on our front brakes of our truck then that. A set of Hawks pads would help too.
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Old 03-21-2009, 08:57 PM
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Powerslot makes slotted rotors, along with cryo slotted rotors. Thats about all you can do for rotors, and then get a good pad like Hawk's.
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Old 03-22-2009, 06:25 AM
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Hmm. I was hoping there would be an SSBC 4 or 6 piston kit. I guess pads and rotors will have to do.

I wouldn't dream about drilled rotors on a truck this heavy..the cracking between holes would come fast and hard. Very few companies cast them with the holes, causing them to develop hairline cracks over time depending upon usage, vehicle weight, heat endured, etc.
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Old 03-22-2009, 01:38 PM
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Ya i know right. Well looks like rotors and hawks pads for me.
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Old 03-24-2009, 10:11 PM
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Our 96 stops pretty good, but it only has 33" tires. It has Powerslot rotors and Hawk pads. Pretty happy with them. Honestly, if you don't feel good about your brakes as they are, check all the maintenance items first. Also, the 95-97 trucks got the best out of the very similar front set ups with about 1/4 inch larger rotors and better caliper mounts. The only other upgrades are the TSM rear disk kit and a hydro boost instead of vacuum booster.
Seriously though, be sure your stock brakes are 100% because I see a lot of people upgrade then have to go find the original problem.
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Old 03-25-2009, 04:37 AM
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Whats the difference between a hydro booster and vacuum booster?
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Old 03-25-2009, 05:43 AM
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obs trucks have brakes booster that run off vacuum for a diesel to make vacuum they add a pump to belt drive. hydro boost runs off the powersteering pump. I dont like the hydro boost because it a pia to turn at a dead stop with your foot on the brake with big tires.
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Old 03-25-2009, 07:32 AM
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I'm running cryo slotted rotors and hawk pads. I'm going to be doing a hydroboost on it later on. I believe obs dualies had hydroboost on them also
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