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Old 02-14-2016
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Question Any brake upgrades?

I have one of the early 01 2500's with the rear drum brakes. Needless to say its braking isn't stellar.

I need to replace my front pads and rotors. Is there anything out there that will help with the braking issue?
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Porterfield Brake pads up front and if budget allows convert the rear to disc.

You can accomplish this one of two ways. Change the entire axle and master cylinder assembly. Or there are a few companies out there that offer retro kits for the drums to disc without changing the axle.
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Porterfield...R4-S, they make pads & shoes.

http://www.porterfield-brakes.com/search.php

Keep the rear brakes adjusted up.
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Some recommend going to Chevy 1 ton wheel cylinders. I did when I needed shoes and cylinders. They are a direct bolt on but I didn't notice a huge difference. Perhaps my system was in good shape to begin with or is still in poor shape. I was in a hurry the last time I bought pads so have Lifetime no-name pads. Braking is acceptable and I adjust rears with oil changes or when the jack is near the back end. (I have to drag the jack down the driveway to get close to the truck and am becoming lazy1.) The parking brake works fine unless facing up hill in a parking lot where there is no curb to bump against.
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I changed my rear wheel cylinders like Junkman said....Easy, no hassle swap.
Significant difference!! Had to relearn how to stop so I wasn't being caught by the seatbelt!!

Did the same for my battalion chief, he was very pleased.
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