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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 02-22-2010, 08:55 AM Thread Starter
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Bad Brakes.Bad design!

I'm new to the forum and need some info.please.
I would like to know if anyone has upgraded there calipers and rotors on there
F250 or F350 Super Duties? I personally have had 3 brake jobs on my 2002 F350 4x4 and had to completly replace all rotors & pads and rebuild the caliper pins.( they become seized) and destroy the brakes. I'm sure that I'm not the only one that has this problem. I know, I know, take them apart and clean them periodically. I got tired of that pretty quick.
Can I install a non floating caliper? Does anyone make these?
Thanks in advance.
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post #2 of 9 (permalink) Old 02-22-2010, 08:08 PM
 
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Wow, I have never had an issue with the brakes but I do mostly highway miles. I also gear down the automatic alot as I am carrying a 100gal tank in the bed putting me in excess of 9000lbs.
On my 99, I changed the rear pads at 200K and traded the truck at 300K with the original fronts. I've had 3 more SD's since them with no issues.
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Well, it's not only the 2002 Ford that have that problem i find... i bought a brand new 2009 F250 and i find that the breaks are really too small for the size of that truck... you really have to PRESS ON THEM to have that thing stopped and considering that i have no excess weight or hauling anything... So there is i'm sure a lot of better things that could be done on that particular subject..

Also, the consumer reports said that is ONE of the low's of the Super Duty...


... bottom line, i didn't make any changes on mine cause it's still under warranty for the next 5 years but i would like to know if anybody here has some suggestions...

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the trucks i've noticed with this concern drive on dirt roads and mud,it gets piled up in the brakes and grinds them away,best thing is to wash out wheels often and service the caliper slides every 20,000km(more often if in mud)my last s/d went 185000km before pads wore out.


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post #5 of 9 (permalink) Old 02-24-2010, 07:26 AM
 
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^^^ what shelbyx1 said!!

I think people forget they are not stopping a 5500lbs 1/2 ton either. A crew LB 4x4 weighs about 7400lbs with the driver in it. Thats between 3-1/2 & 4 tons! In prospective thats like stopping an F150 with a loaded 2 place snowmobile trailer behind it.
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Never had a brake problem other than a rusted line.

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This is my 4th. non-work Super Duty (2002 4x4 c.c lariette s.b) It's a keeper. I've also had 3-F350 mechanic service trucks since 1998. I will admit that the off road driving chews up the brakes but my non-work trucks have seen no off road mudflinging 4x4ing.
I do haul a heavy fifth wheel trailer and drive accordingly (not new to towing).
I've been a certified heavy equipment mechanic now for over 30 yrs. and I still think
there has to be a better braking solution that what is used on these trucks.
The problem I have is the caliper pins siezing.
Exhaust Brakes anyone?
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post #8 of 9 (permalink) Old 03-05-2010, 03:18 PM
 
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Oh there are better braking solutions for the SD but you're gonna pay.

http://www.ssbrakes.com/

2001 F350 CC SWB 6spd....currently getting a complete 'makeover'. Stay tuned.
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Would the parts of a F-550 fit? My work truck weighs in at a little over 6500 kg/14300 lbs and stops very well. Same front pads for about 1 1/2 years. It's a 4x4 and while it doesn't do a lot of off roading, it does get exposed to a lot of extremes from work sites and it spends more time driving than sitting still.

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