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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 01-12-2019, 02:55 PM Thread Starter
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Hello all,
Im in the market for a set of new rotors for my 2012 4wd DRW CC.

Starting in the summer of 2017 I noticed a minor shake in the steering wheel on steep descents. Initially only noticeable at the bottom of long hills while hauling a 4000# truck camper. Fast forward to the summer of 2018 and the problem is much worse. If on a long downhill grade, I need to keep the tranny in 3rd gear, and keep my speeds below 45mph or the rotor warp becomes so bad that I can barely keep the steering wheel from jumping out of my hands.

No local shops are turning rotors anymore, so Im inclined to buy a new front set.

Typically I will haul a 4000# truck camper, and occasionally I will add a 4000# boat, which only has surge brakes. Needless to say, I demand a lot from my truck's brakes.

Drilled and slotted aftermarket rotors have caught my attention. $150 a pair from Amazon almost seems too cheap - I don't want to waste my time on junk.

SSBC Cross Bite look good at about $350 a pair.

Are there any other options I should be considering here?

Truck has 25000 miles and is otherwise in excellent condition.


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post #2 of 6 (permalink) Old 01-12-2019, 06:12 PM
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From what I've read so far, stock rotors and pads are the way to go for our HD's.


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post #3 of 6 (permalink) Old 01-13-2019, 11:05 AM Thread Starter
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No kidding. I had my mind made up on after market since my originals only lasted 25K.

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post #4 of 6 (permalink) Old 01-13-2019, 11:24 AM
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Originally Posted by Duramaximos View Post
No kidding. I had my mind made up on after market since my originals only lasted 25K.
I tow 15K all the time with some big mountains and I have 130K miles on my originals. Many folks have more than that.

You must have something else wrong. Perhaps slide lube.
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post #5 of 6 (permalink) Old 12-05-2019, 05:43 PM
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25,000 miles on a set of OEM brakes seems very short of a normal life expectancy, unless you have some other related problem.
I have 155,000 miles on my factory brakes, including a lot of miles carrying a truck camper or towing a 5th wheel. I use tow/haul mode and supplemental braking, and have a caliper service done with tire rotations, about every 10,000 miles.
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I CANNOT EVEN STRESS ENOUGH: STOCK OEM PADS AND ROTORS. If you read what all caps mean you will get my message. I thought as you did, drilled rotors trick brakes are for race cars not HD trucks. You can run a aftermarket stock style rotor of good quality OK , factory pads are a must! JMHO from someone who has "been there, done that"

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