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Better Brake Options

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What's my best bet for better braking on the Lightning? Owning a Ram SRT10 and comparing the braking to the Lightning, I'm not very confident in the way it brakes in comparison. There doesn't seem to be enough bite and just overall braking feel. I also get some feedback when braking semi-hard from the brake pedal and not sure if this is normal or may be a possible issue (not hard enough for ABS to kick in, unless it is super sensitive on this truck). I installed new rotors and pads several months ago, and also replaced bad rear calipers. Not sure if maybe my front calipers are a possible issue, but to date, I haven't noticed any locking up.

I guess my question is, what can I do to improve the front brakes and braking in general on this truck. It's an 02 with stock wheels and I'd love a big brake kit but not sure if anything works with that wheel size up front that is more plug and play. But also, I would prefer cheaper options if possible if it nets better braking and/or feel. Let me know what you guys suggest.

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Do a hydro boost and get a set of TCE brakes.

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it depends on your budget. There is no good, cheap option.

the TCE kit is fantastic, well put together and works great.

To increase the feel, the hydroboost setup that Marty posted is a must.

If you want to start by increasing the feel, you can go SS lines, and a hydroboost setup and perhaps a more aggressive pad.

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Thanks for the advise guys. I actually stumbled on some old threads mentioning hydroboost and what not and someone had mentioned the pulsating I feel sometimes during hard braking. Thinking back, when I first did my brand new rotors and brakes, one of my rear driver side rotor was smoking. It turned out that the caliper was bad (intermittent locking) and that's when I replaced both. I'm thinking that pulsating is a warped rotor out back and probably should replace it, along with the pads. Someone mentioned that you typically see the ABS light flash when they actually kick in and I've never seen that light kick in when I have the pulsating coming through the brake pedal. So obviously I'm not pushing it to it's limit and causing ABS to kick in.

I think I have around 1,000 miles on my new pads and rotors. I should be fine with just replacing the rear rotor that smoked that is more likely warped along with new pads, correct? Or should I just replace them as a pair?

That being said, I think I might start with new stainless lines from Stifflers and see if that improves things a little on this truck as far as feel. I think I did end up going with one of the more aggressive pads from Centric, but I forget which ones. I'll have to look through my orders.

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Hey guys,

What's my best bet for better braking on the Lightning? Owning a Ram SRT10 and comparing the braking to the Lightning, I'm not very confident in the way it brakes in comparison. There doesn't seem to be enough bite and just overall braking feel. I also get some feedback when braking semi-hard from the brake pedal and not sure if this is normal or may be a possible issue (not hard enough for ABS to kick in, unless it is super sensitive on this truck). I installed new rotors and pads several months ago, and also replaced bad rear calipers. Not sure if maybe my front calipers are a possible issue, but to date, I haven't noticed any locking up.
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