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Upgrade Calipers

Hey I am new to the site and have a stock 4X4 7.3 2000 Ford f-250. I know the calipers on the rear are smaller than those on the front. I was wondering if there was any upgrades or something I could to do to get bigger calipers and pads on the back.
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Welcome to the org.

I'm sure someone will chime in with an upgrade for ya. Good luck.

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Yes... There are upgraded brake kits for our trucks. You would need 20"+ rims though. The big brake kits, for front and rear have 16" rotors and 6 piston calipers. It's been a while since I've priced them, but IIRC it was close to $7,000.


Most people who want an upgrade go with Powerslot (slotted, not drilled) rotors and Hawk pads. MUCH cheaper option.

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you could do an 05+ axle swap.


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Re: Upgrade Calipers

I'm interested as well in looking for new rotors all around and new pads. Car to explain slotted rotors and the benefits?

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Slotted and/or cross drilled rotors dissipate heat much faster than your stock rotors so they stop you faster and don't warp

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Slotted and/or cross drilled rotors dissipate heat much faster than your stock rotors so they stop you faster and don't warp
Beat me to it. Powerslot doesn't make rear DRW rotors though. There are a few places that do.


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$7000 for brakes???????????? wow! i was looking at upgrading as well...slotted rotors were around $200/wheel for midgrade...low grade were about $90/wheel....

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Hey thanks so much for the help every. I'll probably just start off with drilled and slotted rotors and leave it at that for now.
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Slotted and/or cross drilled rotors dissipate heat much faster than your stock rotors so they stop you faster and don't warp
NO,,, Drilled/Slotted rotors have nothing to do with cooling, and "finned" rotors don't Warp anyway....

The purpose of the holes or slots is to Vent gases that are produced, under heavy braking, and "push" the pads off the rotor surface. IMHO, slotted are as good for venting for our trucks and eliminate the cracking that can occur with holes.

Brake pulsations are caused by the difference in the rotors surface, as the pads slide on them, "gripping" better/worse. Cutting the rotors gives you an even surface so it eliminates the pulse, but there was no warp. Proper Bedding of the surfaces prevents the problem in most cases.

REAR Brakes, in our unloaded trucks, aren't doin' $hit in the first place don't waste your money. They suffer more from corrosion, because they are so "unworked", then anything else (the inside of the rotors, against the dust shield stays lumpy & crusty because it doesn't get used enough (unless you drive a lot of miles or tow/haul weight))

The Fronts always do the majority of the work, especially empty, and if you want to improve braking that's where to do it (although with good tires/pads/rotors our brakes are really pretty good!)
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