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Old 05-31-2013, 11:20 PM   #1
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Need new brakes on Chevy Duramax

I need recommendations for heavy duty brake pads and rotors for an 06 chevy duramax.


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Old 06-01-2013, 05:04 AM   #2
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How many miles? Do you really need rotors, instead of turning them? What kind of load is MOST COMMONLY run with the truck (empty most of the time...dedicated TV)? What kind of life do you commonly get with your particular use?

It's not as simple as getting the "most heavy duty" pad. Some pads work well and don't eat rotors only when they are "hot". Some less aggressive pads don't work well when used heavily, and can fade under high loads.

The OEM pads and rotors are a good blend of materials for most consumer applications and are extensively tested as such. (I am speaking specifically to the Duramax HD 2500 and 3500s) AC Delco does have several different compositions for different applications....and also works closely with engineering to ensure durability and safety.


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Old 06-01-2013, 05:31 AM   #3
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What dznfOg said. I stick with GM servicing and GM parts which include a 12-month warranty. Warranties on work and parts are honored at any GM dealer in the country. So there's a nationwide support network, which is great when traveling. Yes, it's more for maintenance at the dealership than at an independent garage but confidence and nationwide support are big bennies. And every so often there are discount coupons, free oil changes and such from GM, which offset the price.
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Old 06-01-2013, 05:35 AM   #4

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I'm with Rich...

Your trailers are at both ends of the spectrum...light and pretty heavy.

Unless your willing to spend the "big" bucks for a four wheel stainless upgrade I would opt for the Premium AC pads front/rear.

The only other option I have experience with, on our 95 2500 Burb I installed Bendix Ceramic. Worked very well on that application, disc front drum rear. The AC's are working great on the 06's 4 wheel disc's.

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