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#31 VMax2007

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Posted 14 April 2009 - 08:20 PM

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The brakes on my '08 feel and stop better than my '02 so I'm not bothered by the rear drums. Would I rather have 4 wheel disc? Sure, for aesthetic purposes. Are 4 wheel discs worth spending more money for? Nope, not for my needs. I don't feel the rotors on these new trucks are as good of quality as they were on the 800's. The rotor's on the '07 I had started warping (vibrating) just before I sold it at 12,000 miles and I've already had my front rotors turned on the '08 at around 6,500 miles. I rarely pull a trailer and never haul anything heavy. :throwup:



I do agree that the rotors (front and rear) on the GMT900's are cheap (Chinese crap). I haven't had any warping issues yet, but my right front rotor has some grooves in it already, but they have smoothed out and do not appear to be getting worse, so it may have been from material transfer when they were new. I plan on upgrading to some nicer rotors when these wear out. But upgrading to higher grade rotors is alot easier/cheaper when you don't have to convert drums to discs. :dunno:

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Posted 14 April 2009 - 08:21 PM

Jeff knows I am just harassing him a little here. I'm sure the new disc systems are quite good.

As far as the brake systems go, it really does boil down to how well engineered and executed they are. My 90s trucks had great brakes. 01 Silverado had superb disc/disc brakes, My 05 Silverado... disc/drum and not so great. My 07 has excellent disc/drum brakes. I think quality of brake lines and master cylinders has a lot to do with it.

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Posted 14 April 2009 - 08:21 PM

So why does my truck have drum brakes in the rear?? I don't understand. I have a 5.3L engine.

Does the 6.0 and 6.2 come with rear disc brakes?

Is there a towing package that comes with rear discs?

My only thought is that because of my smaller engine, and lack of HD towing accesories/package, they slapped me with stupid drums.... UGH .... it's like a gigantic Honda Civic. It's gonna look great with my new wheels....NOT!!!!!!!!!!


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Posted 14 April 2009 - 08:23 PM

My 69 C10 had drums front and rear, so this is a great improvement over that! Quite honestly, from inside the truck I don't even realize it has rear drums... Besides, it matches my Honda Fit, it has rear drums as well!
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Posted 14 April 2009 - 08:25 PM

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The brakes on my '08 feel and stop better than my '02 so I'm not bothered by the rear drums. Would I rather have 4 wheel disc? Sure, for aesthetic purposes. Are 4 wheel discs worth spending more money for? Nope, not for my needs. I don't feel the rotors on these new trucks are as good of quality as they were on the 800's. The rotor's on the '07 I had started warping (vibrating) just before I sold it at 12,000 miles and I've already had my front rotors turned on the '08 at around 6,500 miles. I rarely pull a trailer and never haul anything heavy. :throwup:



I do agree that the rotors (front and rear) on the GMT900's are cheap (Chinese crap). I haven't had any warping issues yet, but my right front rotor has some grooves in it already, but they have smoothed out and do not appear to be getting worse, so it may have been from material transfer when they were new. I plan on upgrading to some nicer rotors when these wear out. But upgrading to higher grade rotors is alot easier/cheaper when you don't have to convert drums to discs. :puke:


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Posted 14 April 2009 - 08:32 PM

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Posted 14 April 2009 - 08:35 PM

Well, go figure, rear disks are not std, but AFM is (well, pretty much so)... if hindsight were 20-20, GM should've spent the $$ on beefing up the brakes instead of very marginal mileage gains ... :throwup:

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Posted 14 April 2009 - 09:31 PM

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I agree. I don't like it but as much as I'd like to have discs, I really don't care because my truck stops great.

If the appearance of my brakes was really that important I'd have a set of Baer's on there because the stockers aren't really all that impressive looking anyway. :throwup:


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Posted 14 April 2009 - 11:16 PM

So why does my truck have drum brakes in the rear?? I don't understand. I have a 5.3L engine.

Does the 6.0 and 6.2 come with rear disc brakes?

Is there a towing package that comes with rear discs?

My only thought is that because of my smaller engine, and lack of HD towing accesories/package, they slapped me with stupid drums.... UGH .... it's like a gigantic Honda Civic. It's gonna look great with my new wheels....NOT!!!!!!!!!!


Oh no.


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That was a typo... I know there is a towing package, what I meant to say is "do rear discs come with the available towing package" haha. I guess I sort of answered my own question, that seems to be a common trend with me though

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Posted 15 April 2009 - 01:06 AM

I was told it was due to the price of doing rear disc brake jobs , customers where bitching
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Posted 15 April 2009 - 01:19 AM

I was told it was due to the price of doing rear disc brake jobs , customers where bitching



Interesting... they should have kept their mouths shut! oh well....

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Posted 15 April 2009 - 02:39 AM

I was told it was due to the price of doing rear disc brake jobs , customers where bitching



Interesting... they should have kept their mouths shut! oh well....

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Posted 15 April 2009 - 06:35 AM

FWIW, my 2007 4WD Tahoe with 4 disks does not brake near as well as my 2009 Silverado RWD. Granted, the Tahoe is heavier. However the Silverado does have much better pedal feel too, so I'm just fine with rear drums, despite their appearance/lack of. The Tahoe did make it to 50K before neeeding a brake job, but will probably need front rotors @75...

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Posted 15 April 2009 - 06:51 AM

The hell with Disc brakes, or Drum brakes....










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Posted 15 April 2009 - 06:54 AM

The hell with Disc brakes, or Drum brakes....










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Nice Big Wheel Umberto, but why isn't it Allblkdout? And where is it's junkgle gym? :throwup:

Was going to edit the typo, but realized it kinda fits. :dunno:

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