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    Question Best Value in Brake Rotors and Pads

    I'm beginning the process of looking for the best value in replacement rotors and brake pads for my 2001 2500HD. I want rotors that can deal with road de-icer, without rusting, and pads that provide the best combination of life, stopping power and noise-free service.

    Any thoughts? Thx, MP

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    I'm surprised no one has replaced the brake rotors and pads in their early Duramax powered pickups...

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    I've heard of some, but I'm not surprised. Mine are original, with 50%+ remaining and stops like new. The only service over the years is fluid. I know age is a factor, but I'm not inclined to fix what ain't broke.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DmaxMaverick View Post
    I've heard of some, but I'm not surprised. Mine are original, with 50%+ remaining and stops like new. The only service over the years is fluid. I know age is a factor, but I'm not inclined to fix what ain't broke.
    I know what you mean. With 146,000 miles on my 2001, the brake pads still have more than half life, but with the rust, a couple of the pads don't make full contact with the rusty rotors. There were a couple of years where I didn't drive it much during the winter, and the rotors rusted more than they do in a typical year.

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    Yeah, that was my experience on the '06, too. Replace the pads only because I had to replace the rotors.

    Maybe what we need is ceramic rotors and cast iron pads!
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    Carbon/ceramic rotors and pads are a thing. They've been OEM on vehicles for years, but none I can afford (Lamborghini, Ferrari, etc.).
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    Yeah, I never should have sold the Ferrari...
    The Constitution needs to be re-read, not re-written!

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    Yeah I replaced the pads/rotors on my 2005 GMC 2500HD at about 125K due to rotor rot. Pads still had lots of material left. The 16 GMC is still running original pads/rotors with very little wear at just under 60K
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    Quote Originally Posted by ToddMeister View Post
    Yeah I replaced the pads/rotors on my 2005 GMC 2500HD at about 125K due to rotor rot. Pads still had lots of material left. The 16 GMC is still running original pads/rotors with very little wear at just under 60K
    Did you go with aftermarket or OE?

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    In 16 years and 255k miles I have replaced my rotors and pads three times on my 06 dually. I was running ceramic pads and that was a problem. They didn't stop well when they were cold and ate the rotors while showing minimal wear on the ceramic pads. The current (non ceramic) pads and (drilled & slotted) rotors are doing well. I am sure a contributing factor to using three sets of brakes is the 24k GCVWR (truck & trailer) and the fact that much of the miles were in the Rockies. This is the best truck I have ever owned.
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    I have a problem with warping the front rotors. This time around I went with this kit from Rock Auto that has drilled and slotted rotors:

    https://www.rockauto.com/en/moreinfo...pt=13824&jsn=1

    I've been pleased so far; only have about 2K miles on them at this point. Very smooth and even braking.

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    I got premium NAPA pads and rotors and did the same for the back on the 98 Suburban.
    It wasn't cheap but looking forward to having a new braking system.
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    Quote Originally Posted by More Power View Post
    Did you go with aftermarket or OE?
    IIRC Aftermarket from the local Advance Auto Parts, but did use Ceramic pads.

    I will see if I have the old receipts yet to verify.
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    For pads I like the Hawk HP Super Duty for great feel and responsiveness. Ceramics just tend to be to hard and poor performing. The OE rotors are plenty thick and can be turned without much issue so long as they don't rot. They need a good flushing of water between seasons.
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    Just did the rears on my '03 2500HD due to a stuck caliper (took the right rear to metal on metal). Replaced rotors, pads, pins, and hardware using all Raybestos parts from Rock Auto for a little over $200 with shipping. I use the premium or heavy duty option parts on their web site. Stuck caliper was due to rust on the pins, calipers were OK and not leaking. I use Raybestos "Super Stop" pads whenever they're available. I've had good luck and good mileage with them.

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