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Old 02-19-2012, 11:39 PM
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Default biggest brake rotor for 16 inch wheels?

I'm looking to upgrade the brakes on the '97 Dak and I would like to know from anyone whats the largest rotor I can use with 16 inch rims? Thank you for any info...
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Old 02-20-2012, 08:36 AM
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uhm... I dont think you can go much bigger with a stock rim...
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Old 02-20-2012, 09:29 AM
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I would read through this thread to see whats possible. You may not be able to go much larger but you can at least increase the clamping force.

http://www.dakota-durango.com/forum/...d.php?t=142073
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Old 02-20-2012, 12:25 PM
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Thanks, spschultz, for that suggestion and link. I have read that entire thread and contacted Brandon regarding the 4x4 kit. Nice guy. I suppose there are lots of ways to improve the stock braking system and larger rotors are only one way. My truck came with 15 inch wheels and when I up-sized, I forgot that 16's were also a "stock" size. I've kicked myself a few times for going to only 16 when 18's werent that much more expensive. Anyway, thanks for the replies.
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I got a set of drilled and slotted for 99 bucks and there solid and well built
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Cool I think

I think just making sure your stock braking system is in tip top condition with a few improvements like better rotors and pads with new flex lines is a better way.

When you start modifying stock parts things can get dicey and unpredictable not to mention getting replacement parts for your monkeyed brakes.
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Old 02-21-2012, 11:16 AM
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New flex lines like... stainless steel? eliminate the rubber lines? what constitutes better rotors and pads? Is there such a thing as better calipers without going nuts? I think a 2 piston caliper would be good. how much better braking does a rear disc conversion accomplish? lots of questions, I know. Thanks for your help.
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The flex lines on the truck if never replace they should be replaced not too $$ about $22 a side get rebuilt calipers.

I have never tried these but for the price not bad New Dimpled and slotted Black zinc-plated rotors http://www.ebay.com/itm/Front-Pair-Set-2-Brake-Disc-New-Dimpled-and-slotted-Black-zinc-plated-Auto-/360381360646?fits=Makeodge|Modelakota|Year:199 8&hash=item53e8672a06&item=360381360646&pt=Motors_ Car_Truck_Parts_Accessories&vxp=mtr

Then grab a good set of pads I suggest semi metallic not ceramic.

Check your rear brake cylinders they are probably in poor shape new are only $15 a side and new shoes are only $30 to $45 a set.
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