Originally Posted by BC
Dave B, curious. How much did your upgrade cost and did I read correctly that you do feel it made a significant enough difference to justify?
Well your mileage might vary. I have been told by so call “brake experts” that without changing the physical size of the rotors and calipers all brakes are very similar in stopping power. Also you have to through in all the variables like reaction time, road conditions, tires, weight of the vehicle, stuff like that. Brake fade is one factor that can be improved on using design changes that can greatly reduce some of the brake fade by helping with heat dissipation. At least that is what was told to me. As far as fade goes I saw a big difference. But someone with a lighter van and no trailer behind them might not see as much of a change and although I think I saw better stopping power, I never tested it before I had the upgrade done. After the switch to the new system I took it out and did some stop tests at high speeds (w/o a trailer) and was surprised how fast it came to a halt but because I didn’t do a side by side test, maybe it was wishful thinking. I do know it made a difference while pulling my trailer but I have yet to find the point where I loose most of my pedal. Obviously finding that point can stress the rotors and I really am trying to avoid that. With the weight of these vans brakes are the weakest link and I wish I had the new 08 brakes on my rig. So was it worth the 1000 bucks? For me and my setup, yes. For others I don’t know. I am willing to do a test with someone that has a similar vehicle to get a ballpark idea, but with so many deciding factors I really wonder if it would be of value. Check the archives on the owners group. There was a long discussion on the topic.