Tow vehicle Brake Pad ?

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I want more stopping power from my truck brakes when I'm towing my boat. I already have brakes on both trailer axles and they're fine. I don't know what kind of pads I have on my truck, most likely basic ceramic, but thinking on replacing them with semi metallic pads. What type of pads do you guys have on your truck and if you upgraded to metallic did you notice a difference? Do metallic pads rust when dunked in saltwater?
 

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Napa premium Brake Pads. Just remember something has to wear, your pads, or your Disks.

Question is what kind of Truck?
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Kind of brakes on the Trailer?
Shoes or Disks
The Electric of hyd. is a good Idea.
Are the Trailer brakes bled properly? How long ago did YOU DO IT?
HOW HEAVY IS YOUR BOAT?

As soon as you leave the ramp the pads and mating surface will remove the Rust. The bigger issue you need to address is putting your wheels into the salt. The vented disks (inner fins) and your rims along with your undercarriage WILL rust.

You need to provide more information.
 

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My truck is a chevy silverado ext cab, not sure of the weight of my cabo 216. I have disc brakes on both trailer axles. All brakes are good and bled, I check everything truck & trailer once a year, all pads are currently ceramic. I'm willing to give up some rotor life for more braking power. I'll do some research on electric, thanks.

Napa premium Brake Pads. Just remember something has to wear, your pads, or your Disks.

Question is what kind of Truck?
Make
Model
Kind of brakes on the Trailer?
Shoes or Disks
The Electric of hyd. is a good Idea.
Are the Trailer brakes bled properly? How long ago did YOU DO IT?
HOW HEAVY IS YOUR BOAT?

As soon as you leave the ramp the pads and mating surface will remove the Rust. The bigger issue you need to address is putting your wheels into the salt. The vented disks (inner fins) and your rims along with your undercarriage WILL rust.

You need to provide more information.
 

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Theoretically you should already have enough stopping power. What year is the truck? Is there a lift with oversized tires etc...? The generation built before 1999 used to have questionable stopping ability at times and you could buy a kit to replace the rear drums with disc.
 
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x2 on the Napa premium brake pads! Put them on two trucks already and they Rock!
 

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I may be over doing it but when that asshole cuts in front of me to be first at the red light I'd like more stopping power. My truck is a 2002 chevy silverado, it does have big tires and all disc brakes.
Theoretically you should already have enough stopping power. What year is the truck? Is there a lift with oversized tires etc...? The generation built before 1999 used to have questionable stopping ability at times and you could buy a kit to replace the rear drums with disc.
 
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what type of pads? ceramic or semi metallic?
I believe they were ceramic. They are the ultra premium.
 

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I bought rotors and pads that were a lot better for towing. The pads work better at a higher temp. That reduces the fade on long down hill tows. Conversely, they are not as good at lower temps but work just fine for daily driving.

I forgot the type. I'm due for a new set so I'll look around.

But I dont have trailer brakes. If I had my choice I would do EOH trailer setup. That is the best your going to get.
 

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    A. Have to know how to tow and brake downhill. Not constant light pressure, but stabbing hard pressure then intermittent letting off to let the brakes have a chance to cool.

    B. Trailer brakes and a truck sufficient to tow with.
     

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    You may think the trailer brakes are working....make sure....can you back up without the lockout on? when ours are new on one axle...it wont move at all without the lockout...They make upgraded rotors and pads...hawk pads usually...they do make a difference...but I would make SURE the trailer system is 100% before I moved on to the truck. If you don't you are just trading one problem for another....been there.
     

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    Should not be a problem stopping that boat with that truck if everything is working properly.I have learned to just slow down and leave plenty of room and i tow with an F450 with plenty of stopping power,people are idiots on the road these days.
     

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    I may be over doing it but when that asshole cuts in front of me to be first at the red light I'd like more stopping power. My truck is a 2002 chevy silverado, it does have big tires and all disc brakes.

    Unless you have an OVERRATED truck towing a small trailer? Outside of a drastic mis-match between trailer & tow vehicle .. You'll never have enough. You're going to get cut off ... do your best to leave space and not get worked up over being cut off?

    That's probably the best you can do bc it sounds like you've got a good towing rig set-up for your trailer.
     

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    I may be over doing it but when that asshole cuts in front of me to be first at the red light I'd like more stopping power. My truck is a 2002 chevy silverado, it does have big tires and all disc brakes.
    Get a train style airhorn
     

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    Trailer brakes work 100%. Just can't have too much braking power.
    You may think the trailer brakes are working....make sure....can you back up without the lockout on? when ours are new on one axle...it wont move at all without the lockout...They make upgraded rotors and pads...hawk pads usually...they do make a difference...but I would make SURE the trailer system is 100% before I moved on to the truck. If you don't you are just trading one problem for another....been there.
     

    Mike_I

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    The truck does stop the boat, it's just when some asshole cuts in front of me I want more stopping power.
    Should not be a problem stopping that boat with that truck if everything is working properly.I have learned to just slow down and leave plenty of room and i tow with an F450 with plenty of stopping power,people are idiots on the road these days.
     

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    when some asshole cuts in front of me I want more stopping power.

    If you want the most stopping power, dual axle EOH is the best answer....as stated above.

    Incremental improvement could be achieved with better pads and larger rotors for your truck if your wheels will allow. My Tundra can get a factory big brake option if it had 20" rims.
     

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    My truck came with ceramic pads, they are quiet and don't make a lot of brake dust. The negatives are they don't transfer heat well and fade on steep down hill grades. I've been using Wagner or bendix semi metallic pads for 10 years and have been very happy, only downside is lots of brake dust on my wheels.