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Cryo Rotors / Hawk Pads
I put the Cryo treated Slotted Rotors and Hawk Pads on my truck all the way around almost 3 years ago after reading some many good things. My stock breaks were warped and pulsing. It wasn't bad, but enough that I wanted to fix it and figured that I would upgrade. I had good luck initially, however after 6 months to a year they began to pulse. I checked everything and there were no issues. They progressively got worse; warped with a lot of shaking and pulsing. I contacted the vendor that I bought them from in the spring of '09 and at 1.5 years and maybe 15,000 miles tops and they informed me that the manufacture wouldn't do anything for me as they could have warped due to other issues, calipers, etc.
I tried to deal with them as long as I could due to buying a house, other issues, etc., but finally got to the point I had to do something. I talked to a buddy of mine who works at a Ford shop and he said that he could turn them for me and we could go from there.
Friday after work I began to pull them off. I was utterly disgusted with what I saw. As soon as I pulled the wheel off I could see that the rotors were pitted and delaminating. After I pulled the calipers and brackets off I finished pulling the rotors off and found that the inside surfaces were worse yet. They were severely pitted, grooved, and delaminating. They couldn't be turned and saved.
I checked the calipers over and they were fine. I put new Ford Rotors and Pads on today along with a brake fluid change and was amazed. This truck hasn't stopped this good since new, possibly better? The Ford Pads came with new springs and stainless steel clips for the pads to slide in. I pulled the slide pins, cleaned them, and lubed them with brake lube. I made sure to lube the stainless steel clips with the lube as well. I dis some easy stops and bed them in nicely.
I wish I had just put the Ford Rotors and Pads on when I did them back in '07. They were just a slight bit more than aftermarket and are working great. I just want to share my experiences and hopefully save someone else from this costly mistake. I don't know if it is just me or the weather around here, but these brakes were not worth the time, money, or aggravation.
I'm a little more country than that...
2011 F-350 Extended Cab Short Box Lariat
2004 F350 Regular Cab Long Box XLT; FX4, 6.0L and TorqShift; Manual Transfer Case and Hubs; Dark Shadow Grey Metallic; Keyless Entry; Factory Idle Control; 8 1/2' Fisher MMII; Factory 18" Wheels painted black with 305/70R18 Mickey Thompson ATZ's in the summer and XL Steel Wheels painted Black with 285/75R16 ProComp A/T's in the Winter; Rough Country 2.5" Leveling Kit; Isspro Pyrometer, Boost, and Transmission Temperature Gauges in an Overhead Pod; SCT by Innovative Diesel; Innovative Moderate FICM Tune; ARP Head Studs; '03 Turbo screaming through a 4" Turbo Back 409 MBRP System with both Deletes and 6" Tip.