(approx) 2 Hours
Light to Moderate mechanical skill required.
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Hey guys, it's Sara with americantrucks.com, and today we have a review and install of the PowerStop Z23 Evolution Sport Brake, Rotor, and Pad Kit for the front and the rear, fitting your '02 to '18 RAM 1500.This kit is perfect for the RAM owner looking to replace their pads and rotors all around and wants an upgraded kit over OEM.This kit will improve your braking performance over stock, thanks to the drilled and slotted rotors and the ceramic compound pads. The drilled and slotted rotors keep your brakes cool and clean, and the ceramic compound pads give you added braking performance while cutting down on dust and noise.So, this kit is not to be confused with the Z36 Truck & Tow Kit. Now, the difference between the two kits really comes down to the pad compound. The Z23 compound we have here is a little bit less aggressive than the Z36, so you're still getting that added braking performance while cutting down on dust and noise.Now, if you want the Z36 for more extreme situations like towing or hauling frequently, you will get the added performance, but it may produce some more dust and noise.So as far a price goes, this kit comes in at around $375 for all four pads and rotors, which will run you a bit more than Power Stop's OE replacement option. And for your money, you're getting upgraded components that are gonna deliver more stopping power.I'm giving this install a 2 out of 3 wrenches on the difficulty meter. It features a direct bolt-up install, and keep in mind the rotors are directional, so they need to be on the specific side. All in all it can be done within two hours.So with that said, let's jump into our install. For this install you will need an impact gun or ratchet. You may want a small extension and a swivel extension. You need 10, 13, 21-millimeter sockets, as well as a skinny 16mm wrench, flat-head screwdriver or small pry bar, caliper hanger tool, a caliper tool, and a rubber mallet.All right, so the first step in our install with our wheel off, we're gonna take a 13mm socket and remove the two bolts holding our caliper to the bracket.Now if the slider starts to move, you can grab a skinny wrench and hold it still. Then if the caliper doesn't quite want to wiggle loose, you can grab a pry bar and just give it a little bit more to slide it off of the brake pads.You can also just gently push in the piston on the caliper to give it a little bit more room to clear. Just be very careful. You can also go a little bit farther into the caliper and pull back on the rotor which will also help compress the piston. Because basically we just need a little bit more room to clear the brake pads.All right. Once your caliper is free, go ahead and grab a caliper hanger tool, or a bungee cord and hang it out of the way. All right, at this point you can pull out the brake pads, because they are in there pretty loosely, and when we pull the caliper bracket, they will likely fall out anyway.If your brake pads are not loose, you can leave them in the bracket, and they'll come off as one unit.Grab a 21mm socket. You may want a swivel. We'll go ahead and remove this bracket.Now we can grab our rotor and remove it off the truck. Now, ours already is kind of loose on there. If yours is not, you can grab a rubber mallet and hit right where the caliper was before. Spin it, keep hitting it to tap it off of your truck. Once you have it loose, wiggle it and slide it off.All right, so now that we have our factory components uninstalled from our truck, we can check it out side by side with our Power Stop kit. And the biggest difference here, as you can see, is the drilling and slotting of the rotor, as well as the ceramic compound of the pad. In addition, they also include these rubber boots for the sliders on your caliper bracket, which brings me to a good point. While your braking system is apart, you might want to inspect the caliper and inspect the bracket and the sliders, make sure everything's functioning properly. And then, if you do see a ripped or worn boot, it's nice to include it so that you can replace it.If this is not your speed and you're looking for an OE replacement, Power Stop offers that option as well. And additionally also offer a truck and tow kit, for the most extreme braking situations. But, with that said, let's finish up our install.All right, at this point we can install the new rotor. Now keep in mind these are directional, so you want to make sure we're installing the correct one for the correct side. We're on the driver's side, so we have to have the driver's side one here.You also want to spray it down with Brakleen on both sides. We're gonna skip that because this is just for demonstration.Slide your rotor on the truck. And I like to throw a lug nut on there as well to keep it in place while we finish the install.All right, now we can install the bracket back on the truck. Now as I said before, you can install the pads before you do this, and just install it as one unit, but it's also just as easy to get the bracket on and then install the pads to the bracket. Grab your 21mm socket and tighten these down.All right, now we can install the brake pads. We also have to install these clips on the ends of them. So you're gonna slide the clip just over the end of the brake pad with this bent end facing on the outside of the pad.Grab your brake pad and line them up in your bracket. Now you will want to throw some grease right in here, and a little bit on the back side of the pads, just to ensure that the brakes are functioning nicely and there's no extra squeaking going on. And because these are so tight, these clips, you may have to pull them back a little bit in order to get them in. There we go.Repeat that for the front pad.Now we can install the caliper. Grab your caliper off the hanger, and using our caliper tool, we're gonna press in the pistons. Now, if you don't have a caliper tool, a C-clamp will work in a pinch. This does make it quite a bit easier if you can get your hands on one, I do suggest it.We will need all the room we can get with these fat pads, so try to press the pistons in as flush to the caliper as you can get them. Turn the caliper and slide it over top of the brake pads.Line up the caliper to the sliders. Thread in your factory bolts. And then with your skinny 16mm wrench, and 13mm socket, tighten these down.All right, so the first step in the install for the rear is to take a 10mm socket and remove the bolts that are holding the caliper to the bracket. You may also want an extension for this top bolt to help you clear the sway bar.And for the bottom you may want a swivel to help you clear the sway bar on the bottom side.Grab your caliper and wiggle it out of the way.All right, so if the caliper doesn't really want to slide off nicely, you can go in through this opening, grab the other side of the rotor, and pull back with a pry bar. This compresses the piston in the caliper, and should give us a little more room to clear the pads.Now, when you're removing your caliper, there is a tab on the bottom side here, so you're just gonna rock it back up top, and then you can remove it off the truck.Make sure you're grabbing a hanger or a bungee cord. Just anything that will take the tension off the brake line, and hang it out of the way.All right, at this point you can take a 21mm socket and remove the bolts holding on our caliper bracket.So, a swivel 21 is good for the bottom. But you may want a straight, deep, or extension end 21 to get on the top one.Once you remove both the bolts, grab the bracket off your vehicle. Now we can remove our rotor. Now, if it doesn't want to wiggle off nicely, you will need to use a mallet to remove it off the truck. Before you do this, grab a lug nut and just slide it on there just to make sure that you're not hitting it all the way off.And then we're gonna aim to hit right in this are where the caliper just was. Once it's free you can wiggle it off of the truck.All right, so now we're gonna remove the brake pads from the bracket. So you can pry up on these by hand, or you can use a flat-head screwdriver, but just remove the corners of each brake pad, and should be able to rock them out. The front one is a little easier. Same process, pull up on the corners, slide them forward and out.And this kit also includes new clips for your brake pad, so we're gonna use our flat-head and remove these as well. You can wiggle these off by hand, but it helps to just pry each of these corner tabs off.All right, so now we're gonna install these new clips onto our caliper bracket. And you may want to clean this surface a little bit to make sure that these slide on here nicely. We're just gonna press them into place. There is a [inaudible 00:11:26] little extra room that's gonna face forward, and these tabs face towards the center.Just press them into place. It may help to get the bottom side on and then rock it upwards. And make sure that they're fully flush against the caliper bracket.All right, now we can install the brake pads the same way that they came off, by just gently prying up on these tabs and sliding the brake pads in. You can also use your flat-head to just pry up on them slightly. Do the same thing for the back side. You do have to come in at a little bit of an angle on the back side.All right, now we can get our new rotor installed. Before this goes on the truck, make sure that you're spraying it down with Brakleen, that you get the front, the back, and inside where the brake shoes will contact the rotor as well.Once you've done that, line it up with the studs. Slide it on the truck. Throw your lug nut on there while we finish the install.Now we can install the bracket with our new pads on the truck. Grab your factory hardware and thread it up.Now, I will mention that when you're installing this you definitely want to grease where the pads slide on these clips. And it doesn't hurt to grease the back side of each one as well to cut down on noise. Power Stop even provides the grease in the kit as well. Grab your 21mm socket and tighten these down.Grab your caliper off the hanger, and then we need to push the piston in a bit on the caliper in order to clear our new brake pads. We're using a caliper tool here, which makes it a lot easier. In a pinch you can use a C-clamp, but if you can get your hands on one of these, it does make the job a whole lot easier.Try to get the piston as flush to the caliper as you can to clear the new brake pads, because they are significantly fatter. Line it up on the truck.Now remember, we have to rock the bottom side on first. Make sure that your sliders are pressed in enough that they'll clear their [inaudible 00:14:17] points, because they do slide back and forth through the caliper.Once it's lined up nicely, reinstall your bolts.Using your 10mm and a swivel, tighten down the lower bolt. And using your 10mm with an extension, tighten down the upper bolt.All right, now that we've completed the front and the rear, repeat that process on the other side. Now, once you're all finished make sure you pump the brakes to seat the caliper to your pads, and make sure you have a nice, firm brake pedal before you drive anywhere.Well, that is gonna do it for the review and install of this brake kit. And remember, for all things RAM, keep it at americantrucks.com.
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Superior Braking by Design. The PowerStop Z23 Evolution Sport Brake Rotor & Pad Kit provides a superior braking experience for your RAM that is a significant improvement over its factory brakes. Heat is the leading reason for brake failure. The cross-drilled, slotted rotors allow for better distribution of heat and allow for dust, water and debris to escape instead of accumulating and damaging brake pads. The slots also allow for better pad bite and better air circulation to keep heat in check. The carbon-ceramic pads last longer than abrasive factory pads.
Premium Components. The rotors included in this kit are constructed from cast iron that has been precision-machined into their one-piece design. Silver zinc plating protects the rotors from rust. The carbon-ceramic brake pads feature a powder coat backing that resists rust and corrosion. Rubberized shims on the pads allow for virtually noise-free braking. Please refer to company's site about Break-In Procedure.
Complete Kit. This kit offers a direct OEM fit for your RAM. All the hardware, bushings and hi-temp ceramic lubricant is included.
Backed by a 3 Year/36,000-Mile Limited Warranty. The PowerStop Brake Rotor and Pad Kit is covered by a 3 Year/36,000-mile limited warranty. It doesn’t cover failures of components due to disc thickness variation (DTV) or normal wear. For more information on this coverage, please visit the manufacturer’s website.
Application. PowerStop’s Z23 Evolution Sport Brake Rotor & Pad Kit for front and rear brakes fits all 2002 to 2018 Dodge RAM 1500s.
Information on PowerStop's proper Break-In Procedure can be found here: https://www.powerstop.com/brake-pad-break-in-procedure/
CA Residents: WARNING: Cancer and Reproductive Harm - www.P65Warnings.ca.gov
(approx) 2 Hours
Light to Moderate mechanical skill required.
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