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semi metallic or ceramic

Discussion in 'Ram Trucks' started by Dawdy Services, Aug 22, 2014.

  1. Dawdy Services

    Dawdy Services Senior Member
    Messages: 149

    That is my question witch is better for towing and plowing
     
  2. dieselss

    dieselss PlowSite Fanatic
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    Huh?......
     
  3. conifers4

    conifers4 Junior Member
    Messages: 7

    Oh I get it now, he's talking about brakes. I think....
     
  4. dieselss

    dieselss PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 10,988

    Really. Could be tires? Or ?
     
  5. SnowGuy73

    SnowGuy73 PlowSite Fanatic
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    Oem, my answer for everything, oem.
     
  6. novawagonmaster

    novawagonmaster Senior Member
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    I stick with an OEM formulation from an aftermarket supplier. If it came with semi-met, that's what I use. If it came with ceramic, that's what I use.
     
  7. dieselss

    dieselss PlowSite Fanatic
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    And how do you uhh know what it came with?
     
    Last edited: Aug 22, 2014
  8. Dawdy Services

    Dawdy Services Senior Member
    Messages: 149

    Yes me brakes I'm going with new drilled and slotted rotors bit not sure what pads to run I do pull a 8000 pound mowing trailer 3-4 days a week and plow snow in the winter
     
  9. dieselss

    dieselss PlowSite Fanatic
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    Ceramic then....
     
  10. novawagonmaster

    novawagonmaster Senior Member
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    Most of my parts catalogs tell me what was OE. If your parts guy/store is half way decent, he can tell you. If he cannot tell you, find a better parts guy/store.
     
  11. dieselss

    dieselss PlowSite Fanatic
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    Why not just go better then oem?
     
  12. novawagonmaster

    novawagonmaster Senior Member
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    Define better.
     
  13. 2006Sierra1500

    2006Sierra1500 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,758

    High quality, higher stopping power, higher durability, less brake fade, the list goes on and on.
     
  14. Dawdy Services

    Dawdy Services Senior Member
    Messages: 149

    I'm looking for some that will stop better than the stock ones I have 122,000 on the rears and about 35,000 on the front and it just don't really want to stop that well empty so it's time for new I have found a deal on 4 drilled and slotted rotors and semi metallic passe for 300.00 out ceramic for 270.00
     
  15. dieselss

    dieselss PlowSite Fanatic
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    I'd do ceramic again I say

    Better then one.....where do I begin. Or anyone else for that matter
     
  16. novawagonmaster

    novawagonmaster Senior Member
    Messages: 177

    What kind of truck?

    I am not going to make a blanket statement saying one is better than the other. It's simply not true in either case. They both have their merits in different applications, and this is why OEMs still call for both.
     
  17. Dawdy Services

    Dawdy Services Senior Member
    Messages: 149

    06 2500 quad cab short box 4x4 5.9 diesel DODGE
     
  18. novawagonmaster

    novawagonmaster Senior Member
    Messages: 177

    Semi-metallic on that one. Just make sure you are buying good pads. Don't get the cheapies.

    As for drilled and slotted rotors, don't waste your money unless you plan on lapping Laguna Seca or just like the appearance.
     
  19. dieselss

    dieselss PlowSite Fanatic
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    Ok. Explain why semi?..
     
  20. novawagonmaster

    novawagonmaster Senior Member
    Messages: 177

    Short answer - because that is what the engineers at Chrysler decided was best for that application.

    Call NAPA. They don't even list a ceramic pad option for that truck.

    Look, I'm not trying to start a pissing contest. I'm just sharing what I have learned over the years. I have nothing to gain by recommending one over the other on an internet forum.

    For the last 16 years, I have been running a large repair facility that services all makes & models up to and including one-ton trucks. We do lots of brake work. The last thing I want is a customer coming back through my front door with a complaint. The way I have avoided that scenario is by installing OE-type brake pads.

    If a vehicle calls for semi-metallic brake pads, and that is what the customer is used to driving with, I give them the option. Ceramic pads will offer less dust, but they will feel different. Semi-metallic pads usually have a better initial bite. Ceramics require a little more pedal effort. If the customer had no complaints about their brakes (dust, etc) prior to them being worn out, I recommend staying with what was on there (in this case, semi-met).