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The Rotora option looks nice and even better it uses a common pad shape so there's plenty of compound options that can be gotten for a reasonable amount of money.
When I get closer to needing to replace my brakes in the next 15-20k I'm going to look into making myself a kit that uses the stock rotor with an upgraded caliper. Already have the caliper picked out, just need to get some details from the manufacturer on it to see if it'll clear stock wheels.
An upgraded caliper will help - but you'll be putting more heat energy into the stock rotors which I think have been at least half the weak point on the brakes. If you do this, please report back as I wonder if this will work - or you'll just go through factory rotors a lot quicker.
I'd hope so after seeing they want $440 for a front set of pads for the 2010-2020 trucks.The Rotora option looks nice and even better it uses a common pad shape so there's plenty of compound options that can be gotten for a reasonable amount of money.
Yes, that is insane... maybe more so with rotor pricing. I'll probably be ditching Alcon based on that alone.I'd hope so after seeing they want $440 for a front set of pads for the 2010-2020 trucks.
Every single "big brake kit" on the market that fits under stock wheels uses a rotor that's smaller than stock. It won't go through rotors faster than any of those kits.
If you put on more aggressive pads you will be putting more energy into the rotor (aka heat) that it wasn't designed to handle. That said - you're right in that a big brake kit that doesn't add more thermal mass to the rotors will feel good once - and then on the second stop will be even worse than stock as the rotors overheat.
Alcon and Rotora use a thicker rotor (wider and more material) from what I can tell - so we can keep running 17" wheels. Powerstop and some others just put some fancy slots on an OE sized rotor and call it a day. ...but hey, the calipers look sexy right?
Good systems will use thicker rotors if they maintain wheel size, or larger diameter rotors if they mandate larger wheels. More thermal mass is required to improve longevity and absorb more heat energy. Putting on just bigger pads and calipers will actually be worse IMO. Your first hard stop feels good - your second (like in stop/go traffic or off-road) will likely be worse than OEM.