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Jake: Jake here for AmericanTrucks. And today, I'm taking a look at the Proven Ground C&L Series Super Sport HD Front and Rear Brake and Rotor Pad Kit for 2006 to 2018 RAM 1500s. Just a quick note regarding fitment before we jump in too deep here, these are for 5-lug trucks, so these are not gonna fit the Mega Cab models and they're also not gonna work on RAM SRT-10s. Now, brakes are some of the most important components of your vehicle and if you're looking for a way to upgrade your RAM's braking performance without spending a fortune, then these drilled and slotted rotors and the accompanying pads are worth some serious consideration. Whether you're daily driving, hitting the trail, or towing, these are a definitive upgrade over your stock brakes for one of the lowest prices in the category.Now traditionally, manufacturers will equip their trucks with solid discs from the factory. And while those work fine in most applications, there's definitely room for improvement. And one of the best ways to do that is upgrading to a set of drilled and slotted rotors like these, which are gonna be extremely helpful in dissipating heat. Heat is the enemy of braking performance and that's where these channels and holes come in. As you apply the brakes, friction and heat builds up on the faces of the rotors and the pads and these channels funnel that heat away from everything.The holes also allow for another escape route where heat can dissipate and get funneled out of these central veins in the middle of the rotors. So, all those hot gases have plenty of places by which to escape. And less heat means less chance of fading and better overall braking response. If you've ever had brakes get hot or go soft on you, you know how scary of an experience that can be. So, doing everything you can to avoid it is worth it, and that's especially important if you're working your truck hard. So, if you're towing or hauling or something like that, you're gonna wanna make sure you have some really good brakes to back it all up. And that's to say you're gonna get much better heat dissipation, which means that your braking performance is gonna be vastly improved over stock.Now, in addition to all that, the rotors both front and rear are constructed from CNC machine to premium cast iron. So they are similar in construction to your standard OEM brakes. But these are finished with this bright zinc electro-plating to help prevent against rust and corrosion for a long time. And these are also mill-balanced to prevent against unwanted vibration noise and uneven wear. And that's important because these are a little bit heavy; however, that cast iron construction also means that the price is gonna stay low. Now, the pads also have a proprietary ceramic compound and this is designed to produce a consistent solid bite when you hit the pedal and also resist fade.Now going back to pricing for a second, this whole set as you see it here, both front and rear, is gonna run you about $475. Now, that is very much on the lower end of the price spectrum for a full set of front and rear brakes, and that's especially true since these have that drilled and slotted design for the rotors. They are the least expensive option for drilled and slotted rotors for the RAM and one of the least expensive options overall for a full set of front brakes.Installation is gonna come in at a two out of three on our difficulty meter and it should take you about four hours to get the job done. Brakes are a pretty straightforward job overall, just something that's a bit time-consuming, and you are, of course, gonna have to remove the calipers to get these installed. You do, however, get all-new stainless steel shims and hardware for the pads to make everything a really easy job. And there's grease included in the kit as well. Regardless, this is definitely something you can accomplish at home. Just make sure you set aside some time to do it. And to show you just how to get it done, let's head over to the install bay right now.Man 2: Tools used for this installation PB B'laster; a hammer; 1/2-inch drive ratchet; 10-, 13-, and 21-millimeter sockets; 3/8 drive ratchet; and a 1/2-inch impact gun. Hey, guys. I'm gonna show you how to uninstall and install our pad and rotor kit front and rear on our 2014 Dodge RAM. So, let's get started. So, first thing you're gonna wanna do, as you can see, we have our vehicle up on the lift, but if you're doing this at home in your driveway, you're gonna wanna jack your vehicle up, you're gonna wanna make sure you support it with jack stands and make sure it's up in the air.Now, next, what we're gonna do is we're gonna remove the caliper, then we're gonna remove the caliper bracket here, and then that'll give us access to our rotor. So, first thing we're gonna do is we're gonna remove our caliper. I'm gonna get my tools and we'll take this off. So, what we're gonna do is we're gonna take a 13-millimeter socket and ratchet. We're gonna remove this bolt here and that bolt here that'll give us access to pull our caliper away. We'll take that and slide it up on top here and get it out of the way. Then that'll give us access to removing our brake pads. So, I'm just gonna take my 13-millimeter on my ratchet, give a good smack like that. Remove that bolt and remove that one.Now with those two taken off, what we're gonna do next is take this caliper, grab a hold of it, just like that, and remove it out of the way. We're gonna take it, put it up in place, and once we have that up in place, it's gonna give us access here as you see to pull our brake pads out. Just like that. We'll remove that one and then we'll remove the back one.So, next, we're gonna remove these two bolts right here. This will give us access to remove our caliper bracket, which will then let us get our rotor out. So, I'm gonna take my 21-millimeter with my 1/2-inch impact gun, brake these loose and pull them out. And we're gonna pull our caliper bracket off. Next, what we're gonna do is just remove our rotor, just like that. And you're gonna wanna repeat that uninstall procedure on the opposite side.So now we have our rotor off, we're gonna take our new rotor that we have here. We're just gonna slide this back in place like that. So, next, we're just gonna push our rotor on, slide our caliper bracket back in place here, install our bolts. I'll get these started and I'm gonna take my impact gun, my 21-millimeter, tighten these up. Now, if you don't have an impact gun with that much power, what I'm gonna do is recommend that you torque these bolts back here to manufacture spec. Use a torque wrench, tighten them up. Since we're gonna be removing this, since we're just doing it for display, I'm not gonna torque them, but you're gonna want to torque these bolts to manufacture spec.So, now in the kit, they're gonna give you some synthetic Moly brake grease. What I'm gonna do with this, squeeze some of it out, you're gonna wanna put it down here where your pads are going to slide in these brackets here. And you also can use it...and I put a little bit on my hand and you'll be able to take it to the back of your brake pads. Put this on. I'm gonna do it to this one too where the calipers or the pistons will hit this one. So, now we have our brake pads, we put our clips on that come into the kit. That's how they go on. You're gonna put them on all four of your brake pads. We have the Moly on the back, we're going to take them, push these in, just like that. Same on this side. We'll get this started, push them in, like that. Now we'll be ready to install our caliper.So now we're going to hold our brake pads in place. I'm gonna grab the caliper that we took off and we moved out of the way. I'm gonna bring it down like that. Slide it over top, just give it a push in, pretty much like that. Take our two bolts that we took off, we're gonna start them. And you'll feel them go in. You can move it around a little bit to get it to seat properly, like that. So now we have our caliper back in place. I'm gonna take my 13-millimeter on my ratchet. Same with the top one. Again, you're gonna wanna torque these bolts to manufacturer's spec. And then you're gonna wanna repeat this installation procedure on the opposite side.So now we're gonna uninstall our rear brakes and take off our caliper to remove our rotor. So, in the process of doing that, we're going to have to take two 10-millimeter bolts out back here, remove our caliper, then remove our caliper bracket, and then that'll give us access to removing our rotor. So now I'm gonna take my 10-millimeter on my 3/8 drive ratchet. Get back in here. Take these two bolts off one here, one down here. Unscrew these and get these out.And once you get those loose, I don't take them out all the way, I'm gonna leave them in. If you need to get a screwdriver to pry the rotor off or to pry the brake caliper off, you can do that. This one's coming off pretty easy. All I have to do is wiggle it just like that. And I'm gonna set it out of the way right back here so it's not in our way. And then I'm just gonna take and pull our pads out, set these out of the way for now, just like that.And once I have them out, now we'll remove our two bolts back here and remove our caliper bracket. So now we're gonna take our 21-millimeter and I'm gonna take this 1/2-inch drive ratchet. And you might need a breaker bar to get these off. I'm gonna pull down on here and try to get these loose and take these two out. Then we'll be able to remove the caliper bracket. That's one. I'll get the bottom one. That'll give us the removal of our caliper bracket.So now we're gonna remove our rotor. What I did here was spray it with some PB B'laster, which might be something you wanna do. And then what you're gonna do is wanna give it a couple of good smacks here with the hammer to get it to go around until it comes loose. So, I'm gonna take my hammer, I'm gonna give it a good whack right here. Hopefully, it comes free. Like that. Just be able to wiggle it and pull it right off. So now we have our brake rotor off. You're gonna wanna just repeat the same uninstall procedure on the opposite side.So now we have our rear rotor removed. We're going to be able to install our new rotor. And we're just gonna take it, slide it into place, like that. So, next, we're gonna install our caliper bracket. I'm gonna get it in place here. Line our holes up and get our bolts started. And now that I have it in place, what I'm gonna do is install our new hardware. You're just gonna take these clips and they kind of just pop in, like that. Same with the top one, pretty much like that.Next, we'll take our 21-millimeter and we'll tighten our back bolts up. So now I'm gonna take my 21-millimeter, my 1/2-inch drive, I'm gonna run these bolts in. And you're definitely gonna wanna get a torque wrench and torque these to manufacturer's spec. Now, we're gonna take some more of our Moly lube here. We're gonna lube our shims, that way the brake pads slide easier. I'm gonna put some on the back of the brake pad, like that, where the caliper's gonna ride. Once we get those done, we're gonna take the new brake pads, install them against our rotor, just like that. Do the same with the back. The back might be a little bit more trickier to get started.So now we're gonna reinstall our caliper. We're just gonna take it, slide it back. You're gonna have to make sure your pins are back. Down here, you'll feel your sliders. Tap it in place, restart our 10 millimeters. Now if you have trouble getting your caliper on, you might have to push your piston back a little bit. You can take a pair of channel locks with an old brake pad. Grab onto the piston, put the brake pad in between, squeeze it. In this case here, ours went on pretty easy. So I'm gonna tighten them up now with my 10-millimeter on my 3/8 ratchet. And you gonna wanna make them pretty tight. You can always look at manufacturer's spec and torque them if you would like. So now you're gonna wanna repeat this whole same install procedure on the opposite side.That wraps up this review and install of our Proven Ground C&L Series Super Sport HD 5-Lug Brake Rotor and Pad Kit Front and Rear for '06 to '18 RAM 1500s, excluding SRT-10 and Mega Cab. Thanks for watching. And for all things RAM, keep it right here at americantrucks.com.
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Superior Construction. Proven Ground manufactures its C&L Series one-piece Brake Rotors from premium-grade cast iron castings. CNC machined, these Rotors are perfectly mill-balanced to prevent vibration, noise, and uneven wear. C&L Series rotors are then completed in a bright zinc electroplating treatment to provide good looks and protection against rust.
Cross-Drilled and Slotted. Proven Ground's C&L Series Super Sport HD Rotors feature a cross-drilled and slotted design that helps to reduce brake fade by allowing hot gasses to easily escape through the vented holes. The slotted design will sweep away dust, water and debris to keep the surface of your brake pads cleaner for reliable bite every time you hit the pedal.
Cooling Vane Design. Unlike solid aftermarket brake rotors, these C&L Series Super Sport HD Rotors feature a vented vane design with an internal chamber structure. These vented vanes will allow hot gasses to escape easier to further improve the cooling performance of your brakes. Faster heat dissipation in turn will greatly increase your braking performance.
Ceramic Metallic Compound. Proven Ground's C&L Series Super Sport HD Brake Pads are manufactured from a proprietary blend of ceramic and metallic fibers that will resist brake fade and will provide maximum braking bite. C&L Series Super Sport HD Ceramic pads are the logical choice for big brake stopping power without the price.
Clean and Quiet Operation. Featuring a rotor-friendly ceramic/metallic compound and an OE style slotted design, these C&L Series Brake Pads will produce significantly less dust when compared to your original stock pads. When C&L Series Brake Pads are combined with their matching Rotors, you will experience smooth, noise-free braking.Direct Fit Replacement Upgrade. Proven Ground designed its C&L Series Cross-Drilled / Slotted Rotor and Brake Pad Combo Kit to be a direct fit replacement upgrade for your RAM's stock rotors and pads. Installation can normally be completed in under 4 hours with just basic hand tools using the existing calipers and hardware.
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Light to Moderate mechanical skill required.
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