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2013 F150 front brakes replacement: Stock or aftermarket?

Old 12-22-2015, 07:53 AM
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Default 2013 F150 front brakes replacement: Stock or aftermarket?

Did a search and didn't come up with anything. Last time I had my '13 STX in for service the advisor said my pads were nearing the end of life (only 20k miles). On a road trip last week I noticed them pulsating when braking at Texas highway speeds, not detectible here around town. So, biting the bullet, planning a replacement of the fronts in my garage. Are you guys replacing with Ford's components or going aftermarket? If it's the latter what's a favored brand? Thanks in advance!
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Old 12-22-2015, 08:12 AM
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I put this kit on my truck almost immediately and couldn't be happier.
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Old 12-22-2015, 08:14 AM
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I just did all 4 sets on mine at 22k, it is a '13 also and went with Advance Auto Parts Wearever Platinum Pro Ceramic pads. It cost $116 for all 4 sets and they seem to work well. I was at about 4mm left on the fronts and all 4 front pads were cracked. The rears had about 6mm but the groove in the center was filled with crap and was squeaking when lightly pressing on the pedal. I would check your back pads also just in case. I don't tow much and haven't done much heavy hauling but 20k is what I expected to get out of factory brakes. At least I'm doing better on them than I did on tires, I'm on my 3rd set already, hopefully these will last longer.
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When it's necessary, I will be using FMC pads/parts.
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Old 12-22-2015, 09:36 AM
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The overwhelming consensus is replace with aftermarket rotors and pads. I bought my truck used with 48k on the clock. The pads were new but the rotors started shaking 1-2 months after buying it. All the research I did pointed to non-OEM rotors. There are many different brands available to fit your budget. I have been running stoptech components on my M3 when I participate at road course track days so I purchased stoptech rotors for my truck. OEM pads w/ slotted and drilled rotors made a huge difference. I will replace my pads w/ non-OEM when they are done.

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I have a 2013 also, super crew, and have 32k on my factory brakes and the last time to the dealer, they said everything was gravy. I do have some mild rotor warp when slowing downhill at freeway speed
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Definitely NON-oem brakes. I just did mine. Here's what my front pads looked like at 37k miles:

Nice cracking, eh? After doing about a month's spare time research, I ended up zeroing in on EBC. I went with 7000 series front pads, 6000 series rear pads; solid rear rotors and vented front rotors. $600 shipped for the entire package through Amazing brakes, and if you do anything "truck-ish" with them, you don't want to skimp.

***Ceramic brake pads are NOT designed for the heavy loads (even) light trucks will put on them. They are designed for cars. Read all the expert commentaries on ceramic pads, and you will likely not buy ceramics for your F150. I know, that was a decision I had to come to grips with... FYI
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When it's necessary, I will be using FMC pads/parts.
Good luck with that..
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Old 12-23-2015, 08:10 AM
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Thanks to all for your replies. Looks like some of you have had the same issues as me. I'll go aftermarket front rotors & pads and see how the next round goes.

I'm a Ford Motor retiree and can't believe the Company still can't lick its brake performance issues. Has been a chronic fault category for 30 years. Brakes = weight & cost and the finance devils grind the pencils ultra-sharp on them.
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Hands down I do hawk pads.
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