(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 Power Stop Z36 Extreme Truck and Toe Brake Pad and Rotor Kit for the front, fitting your '02 to '18 RAM 1500.This kit is perfect for the RAM owner who's looking to upgrade their front brakes and is looking for something with a bit more stopping power. This kit is perfect for those of you who tow often or even if you have larger wheels and tires on your truck. This kit features drilled and slotted cast iron rotors as well as heavy-duty, carbon-ceramic compound brake pads, giving you more stopping power and keeping your brakes cool and clean. This kit was designed to provide improved braking while producing minimal dust and noise. But it is worth noting that there will be a bit more dust and noise than compared to an OE replacement kit. So if you're looking for more of an OE replacement or even improved stopping power but not quite as intense as this kit, Power Stop offers those options as well. So, as far as price goes, this kit comes in at around $125, making it a budget-friendly way to give your truck some more stopping power in the front.I'm giving this install a two out of three wrenches on the difficulty meter. This kit features direct, bolt up install, same as any brake job, and can be done within two hours. So with that said, let's jump right into our install.For this install, you will need a ratchet, 21 and 13-millimeter sockets, a skinny 15-millimeter wrench, a caliper hanger, a caliper tool, and a small pry bar or large flat head.All right, so the first step in our uninstall is to remove the caliper from the bracket. Grab a caliper hanger tool or a bungee cord, just so you're ready to hang it as soon as it comes off. Grab a 13-millimeter socket and let's remove the two bolts at the back of the caliper. Now, if this won't come out without spinning this slider here, you can hold it still with a wrench. So if your caliper doesn't wanna budge right away, you can grab a flathead screwdriver or a small pry bar and just get under here and just give it a little bit of movement and should come loose at that point. You may need to push in the pistons on the caliper a little bit. Just depending on how long it's been on there, may be more stuck. But once it's free, grab your hanger and hang it out of the way. Just make sure there's no tension on the brake line.At this point, you can remove the brake pads. Slide them out. Hold the clips off. At this point, grab a 21-millimeter socket, and ratchet, and remove these two bolts that are holding on the caliper bracket. Then you can remove the bracket off the truck. Now, at this point, we can remove our rotor. And if it is stuck on there like ours is, you may have to give it a couple taps with a rubber mallet just to free it up. I do recommend putting one of the lug nuts back on, just because you don't want this to fall off the truck since it's in the air. And you can give it a couple of smacks. You wanna go right here in the front and back, right where the caliper used to sit, so you don't hit the heat shield. So once it's free, you can now remove the lug nut and take the rotor off.All right, now that we have our factory rotor and pads uninstalled from the truck, we can check it out side by side with our Power Stop kit. Now, as I said before, the biggest difference here is that, because this is the truck and tow package, the rotor is drilled and slotted, which is gonna help tremendously in the cooling of your brakes. Now, if this is not your speed, they also offer an OE replacement option as well as a performance option.So, with that said, let's get these installed on the truck. All right, so before you get this on the truck you may wanna spray it with a little bit of Brakleen. There is an oil on it from the factory and you definitely wanna get that off before you use your brakes. One of the things to know here is that, because these are slotted, they are directional. So you wanna grab the proper side. Since we're working on the passenger side, we have the front passenger rotor.I like to grab a lug nut and just thread it on here because we don't have the bracket on yet, just for safety. Grab your caliper bracket, line it up behind the rotor, grab your factory hardware, and get it threaded in. Grab your 21-millimeter socket and tighten it down. Now the rotor is floating for now, but once the wheel is on and tightened, it should sit properly.All right, so before you install your brake pad, you do wanna put a little bit of the grease on the top and the bottom of the ears or you can lube in here just so the brake pad can go back and forth. Power Stop has included this grease for you and it may be a good idea to put a little bit on the metal plate on the back of each brake pad, just so there's no noise while you're operating your brakes.Now, at this point, you're gonna use your caliper tool to push in the pistons on the caliper. You can use a C-clamp here, but one of these is gonna make your life a whole lot easier. Line it up and you wanna push the pistons in nearly all the way. They're gonna need to go quite a bit to clear the new pads.All right, now that they're pushed in, slide them over top of your brake pads and we'll get this bolted down. Grab the bolts for your caliper. Thread them into the back of the sliders. Now, you can grab your 13-millimeter socket and skinny 15-millimeter wrench and tighten these down. Now, if you don't have a skinny wrench, just anything that's gonna hold this part of the slider in place, because it does move when the bolt tightens, to get the bolt nice and tight.All right, now that we're done the install for our kit, you do wanna make sure everything is torqued to spec. And also, pump your brakes and make sure you have a firm brake pedal before you start driving anywhere.But that is gonna do it for the review and install of this Power Stop kit. Remember, for all things RAM, keep it at americantrucks.com.
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Features, Description, Reviews, Specs & Installation
Added Braking Power. The Power Stop Z36 Extreme Truck & Tow Brake Rotor & Pad Kit gives you plenty of stopping power so you can haul those big loads without worry. Designed to offer premium braking, this kit lives up to its expectations of big truck strength.
Slotted Rotors. Featuring better heat dissipation, the rotors of the Power Stop Z36 Extreme Truck & Tow Brake Kit are constructed from cast iron that has been plated with a silver zinc coating. This provides protection against corrosion and gives these brakes their added toughness.
Ceramic Brake Pads. The Power Stop Z36 Extreme Truck & Tow Brake Kit have brake pads with back pieces that have been powder coated and rubber shims. This helps to reduce noise levels as well as brake fading and dust accumulation.
Custom Fit. As a complete direct replacement of your OEM brakes, the Power Stop Z36 Extreme Truck & Tow Brake Kit can be installed on your truck without any additional modification. This kit comes with stainless steel hardware for long lasting placement and wear.
3-Year/36,000 Limited Warranty. The Power Stop Z36 Extreme Truck & Tow Brake Kit has a 3-Year/36,000 Limited Warranty. There are some exclusions to consider.
Application. The Power Stop Z36 Extreme Truck & Tow Brake Rotor & Pad Kit can be fitted on all 2002-2018 Dodge RAM 1500 trucks.
Fitment: 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 Details
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January 14, 2020
Time for an Upgrade....
I was in the need for new brakes on my '13 Ram 1500 4wd Crew Cab, since I had lifted it 4'' and running 35'' mud tires now was looking for something besides OEM spec, had recently saw this being installed on YouTube and decided to give them a try, the fit and finish is just what I was looking for, once I completed the break-in period as recommended and yes there was a smell, the stopping power has definitely improved, time will tell on how the brake dust will be but from what I have read and learned should not be an issue, I also did a little cleanup and repainted the calipers and brackets black since she is now 7 years old and was some surface rust. looks better than OEM now!!! install was little longer than normal due to painting of components but should be around 2-4 hours or less if have better equipment than what I have.Helpful (3)
March 24, 2019
I was never impressed with the stock brake package on the 2006 Dodge Ram 1500 so I decided to upgrade to these and they have met/exceeded my expectations. Very simple install and they perform excellent. Definitely a solid purchase. Would recommend for everyone.Helpful (2)
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