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I had been feeling a grinding in the brakes to last couple times I drove the truck. Sure enough, the drivers side rear brake was metal to metal. The rust is really bad. I have decided to rebuild the brakes at all 4 corners. I went with Power Stop brakes from Amazon.

 

This is what I am starting with....

 

Rear, I forgot to get a picture before I removed the calipers.

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Front

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I am also going to rebuild the emergency brakes and paint everything I can with POR 15.

 

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After sandblasting and paint, this is where I left the passenger side rear hub.

 

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So the list looks like this...

 

New rear wheel seals

New rear emergency brake pads and hardware

New rear calipers (so far)

New slotted and drilled, zinc plated rotors

New ceramic brake pads

Everything I can possibly get too will be painted in POR 15

New 2600 lbs air bad for the rear.

 

The list is ever expanding...

 

 

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You might as well leave it apart until you get everything you need .

Thats the excuse I use, can’t put it back together dear until the rest of the parts arrive..

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This is where I left off tonight. Napa sold my spindle seals to someone else so I get to go pick those up tomorrow...

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Sure is nice to have my own glass bead blaster!


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Looks great Ben!!! 

A sand blaster would be a great addition! Its on my short list of things to get!!

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How many miles on the old brakes? I use my exhaust brake always, so hoping mine will last a bit longer.😁

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1 hour ago, donyo said:

How many miles on the old brakes? I use my exhaust brake always, so hoping mine will last a bit longer.😁

 

So many miles, I don't remember when they were last done. The front pads I am changing were given to me by Geoff Ball (miss you buddy), and the rear brakes are probably somewhere around 10 years ago.

 

I think it was the Colorado Hot Springs trip we did that finally rusted them up. All of the brakes were fine except the drivers side rear that was metal to metal. I suspect the caliper rusted up on the bracket and cause premature wear on the pads. That is why I am painting everything I can in POR 15. I want to try to prevent rust in the future.

 

I use my exhaust brake a lot! LOL!

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Looks great Ben! I'm certainly jealous of the bead blasting and rust coating. My brakes are rusted all around really bad also, the whole suspension is. Too many Montana and Iowa winters I guess. I think that is what ruined my front calipers so fast. I need to do the same to mine sometime.

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It was a tough day. I broke one of the axle flange bolts. It came right out.

 

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Anyhow, I got one side of the rear completed.

 

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I removed the offending rotor from the drivers side. Lots of sand blasting to do.

 

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I’m thinking about painting the wheels now. They are really rusty.

 

 

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Here is the rebuilt parking brake before I put the rotor on.

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Nice work! Ya gotta love sweat equity!!! 

You are really getting the old girl cleaned up! 

Hit those traction bars while your doing the wheels! 

Just sayin................

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Looks good. 

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A man after my heart. Do it once, do it right. Looks great Ben.

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4 hours ago, HOSS said:

Nice work! Ya gotta love sweat equity!!! 

You are really getting the old girl cleaned up! 

Hit those traction bars while your doing the wheels! 

Just sayin................


The grey POR 15 is supposed to arrive today.:ThumbsUP:

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Got a little further...

Got the front rotors mounted and the dally adapter painted for the front.

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I also decided to paint the wheels. This one wheel before cleaning and painting, and one after.

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Everything is now painted for the drivers side rear. I will assemble it tomorrow. Also the gray POR 15 showed up so I can paint the lower front links and traction bars after I get the brakes done.

I love the look of these rotors. Almost a shame to put the wheels back on. Even if they are painted.

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Looks great Ben!!!!!!!! 

Now you just need to take her for a spin in a mud pit! 

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1 minute ago, HOSS said:

Looks great Ben!!!!!!!! 

Now you just need to take her for a spin in a mud pit! 

Ed...

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1 minute ago, Scotty_ said:

Ed...

Zachary 

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I think your going to like the difference in stopping. I noticed on mine right away.

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1 hour ago, HOSS said:

Looks great Ben!!!!!!!! 

Now you just need to take her for a spin in a mud pit! 


Steve is STILL bent. LOL!

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1 hour ago, C Paul Go said:

I think your going to like the difference in stopping. I noticed on mine right away.


I hope so, I really didn’t like the feel of the brakes the last time I had the camper on the truck.

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Mine don't feel that much better, but I have not put them to a big panic stop test.  They certainly work well.

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Looks great Ben. Everything you've done is exactly what I have on my to-do list only I haven't started it yet. 😁 One question, why gray por-15 on the links instead of black? Just your color preference?

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It appears the front end is missing the Free Spin kit thought?

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