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#12814367 - 07/02/18 10:02 PM Brake Rotor Help....
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Registered: 06/18/16
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Loc: Hitchcock,Tx.
Are there "Heavy Duty" rotors or similar for a 04'F150 4.6L 2wd ? and pads? I have a feeling that I will need something like this soon. I am acquiring a 23.4 ft. Travel Trl. from my X. I need to replace my rotors anyway, although I still have very good brakes. My pads are over a yr.and a half old...but good brand. Tell me I'm ignorant but I guess I have drums on the rear!! I have never pulled anything but my Wellcraft (20ft). I'm assuming I can pull this Travel Trl. The trk does not have a towing pkg that I know of. I had the trl.hitch put on when I got the trk in 04'. Any input would help here. ed
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#12814814 - 07/03/18 11:00 AM Re: Brake Rotor Help.... [Re: V-Bottom]
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First, a question....what kind of trailer light plug is on your truck, how many pins?

As far as rotors, buy a name brand, I suggest "Professional Grade" from Rock Auto and a set of ceramic pads.

The trailer will have electric brakes. You will probably need a brake controller installed on your truck.

Other than that, you are good to go.
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#12814996 - 07/03/18 12:54 PM Re: Brake Rotor Help.... [Re: V-Bottom]
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I have the all the plug parts (7+4 pin) and the controller to be installed after my SIL brings the trl home. Installation will come later by a pro !! Any reason why Rock Auto? I assume you are referring to HD rotors from RA ? Or do I NEED HD rotors?
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#12815121 - 07/03/18 02:05 PM Re: Brake Rotor Help.... [Re: V-Bottom]
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No special reason. They usually have the best price. Now, I'm going to pass on WHAT I DO, I always have new rotors turned to be sure they are true. A lot of people will say that is stupid, they are new. BUT I have found that every rotor I have replaced, and I did it for 39 years, has been a few thousands out of true. That may not sound like much, but it will cause the pulsating brakes.
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#12815171 - 07/03/18 02:54 PM Re: Brake Rotor Help.... [Re: V-Bottom]
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If there is nothing wrong with your brakes leave them alone. With the 4.6L your going to have a lot more problems going than stopping. With trailer brakes, you will have no problem stopping at all. Pulled a 30' TT with a '94 chevy for years without a brake controller and never had a problem other than a brake job every 40k miles.

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#12815218 - 07/03/18 03:39 PM Re: Brake Rotor Help.... [Re: redchevy]
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Originally Posted By: redchevy
If there is nothing wrong with your brakes leave them alone. With the 4.6L your going to have a lot more problems going than stopping. With trailer brakes, you will have no problem stopping at all. Pulled a 30' TT with a '94 chevy for years without a brake controller and never had a problem other than a brake job every 40k miles.


Just curious, but how did you control the amount of braking applied to the trailer brakes without a controller?
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#12815436 - 07/03/18 06:14 PM Re: Brake Rotor Help.... [Re: V-Bottom]
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Registered: 12/14/03
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Loc: Grand Prairie, Tx
Check your owners manual and see what they say about towing heavy. They may recommend a transmission cooler be installed.

As far as brakes, you can use what you've got or try a disk upgrade. Do not get slotted or drilled disks. They cool a little better but wear faster and are more likely to warp.
https://www.fleet.ford.com/resources/ford/general/pdf/towingguides/2004_All.pdf
This might help in seeing if you have the right truck.

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#12815616 - 07/03/18 09:02 PM Re: Brake Rotor Help.... [Re: ChuChu1]
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Originally Posted By: ChuChu1
Originally Posted By: redchevy
If there is nothing wrong with your brakes leave them alone. With the 4.6L your going to have a lot more problems going than stopping. With trailer brakes, you will have no problem stopping at all. Pulled a 30' TT with a '94 chevy for years without a brake controller and never had a problem other than a brake job every 40k miles.


Just curious, but how did you control the amount of braking applied to the trailer brakes without a controller?

Didn’t use the trailer brakes at all. I don’t guess I would recommend it but if you mind your stopping distances and your not in the mountains the truck brakes go a long ways.

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#12815628 - 07/03/18 09:11 PM Re: Brake Rotor Help.... [Re: V-Bottom]
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I would not pull a TT that weighs almost as much as the tow vehicle without trailer brakes. Also it is probably not legal and lots of liability issues if in a wreck. At the minimum you will get cited. Controllers are not that expensive. Definitely put a trans cooler on that truck. Easy to install and not much money. I put them on all my Fords that did not have tow pkg..
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#12815798 - 07/04/18 03:36 AM Re: Brake Rotor Help.... [Re: V-Bottom]
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Registered: 02/25/03
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Loc: Campbell, TX
i put vented and slotted rotors on my Ford Excursion. Allison is correct, they warp way too fast! Next will be HD rotors with ceramic pads.

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#12817566 - 07/05/18 06:43 PM Re: Brake Rotor Help.... [Re: V-Bottom]
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Registered: 03/28/16
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Loc: Pearland, TX
Don't mean to turn the tables, but with the 4.6 I'd be more concerned about going than stopping with a travel trailer. Maybe I'm wrong though, I've never driven one
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#12819201 - 07/07/18 07:03 AM Re: Brake Rotor Help.... [Re: V-Bottom]
Gamblinman Offline
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Registered: 11/26/02
Posts: 3522
Loc: Yantis, TX
Trans temp is what concerns me. Brakes on truck and trailer should be fine. I would prefer a 3/4 ton to tow with.

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#12822592 - 07/10/18 08:49 AM Re: Brake Rotor Help.... [Re: V-Bottom]
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Trucks aren't what they used to be. A modern 3/4 ton is so damn overkill for a 23 foot trailer it isn't even funny.

It will work that 4.6L but take your time with it and it will be fine. If your going to tow any kind of distance in any kind of heat (summer in texas) I think a tranny cooler is a wise investment.

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