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Finishing Up Our GM 2500HD with EBC Brakes

Part Three: New Century Tire adds stopping power and a laser-straight alignment.

Our 2017 Chevy Silverado 2500HD 4x4 had humble beginnings, but it's come a long way in a short time. We started with a bone stock, extremely clean truck and called upon some of the best in the business to transform it with a short list of exactly the right parts. We started with a 6.5-inch lift kit from BDS Suspension, which we upgraded with Fox 2.0 performance shocks, and the Recoil adjustable traction bar system, which we installed out at Powerhouse Performance. We also mounted up a set of polished Guardian 20-inch wheels from American Force, and wrapped them with 37-inch Cooper Discovery SST Pro tires. We loved the look of the wheel and tire combo with the otherwise stock truck, but there was one more area we wanted to touch upon before calling this one done.

We started with a pretty nice 2500HD 4x4, but like the old saying goes, "There's nowhere to go but up!"

You've seen us use EBC Brakes a lot here at Truckin on our builds. The reason is, it's a super affordable way to add some insurance in the form of increased stopping power to our projects. EBC components also provide something a little nicer to look at when peering past the custom wheels we install. We placed our order for the EBC Stage 8 Super Cool Dimpled & Slotted Brake Kit. This high-heat tolerant brake pad and rotor combination is able to deliver a strong brake bite even at 1,600 degrees Fahrenheit. The EBC Stage 8 Kit includes EBC Orangestuff brake pads, made specifically for extreme duty and towing on oversized tires, and Thermic black-coated dimpled and slotted rotors for max heat dissipation. This was the right combo for this truck, which already had rough-looking pads and rotors from all the towing it's already done in its short life.

Since we were already headed over to New Century Tire in Westminster, California, it was a no-brainer to have them install the brakes real quick-like! We rolled in and out of the shop in about an hour—and that included the alignment. Junior and the crew at New Century handled business like the pros that they are.

At that point, all that was left to do was cruise around in style and get some hero shots of our much improved-upon 2500HD. We've put plenty of road miles on the truck since the install—even a little in the dirt—and we're thoroughly impressed with the ride quality. The BDS/Fox combo is already a proven one, but we can't wait to get out on some trails and see for ourselves!

And that's exactly what we did. This BDS 6.5-inch kit was a pretty lengthy install but also a straightforward one. But while we were in the thick of it, we noticed that all the towing this truck has done in its short life had already taken its toll on the factory pads and rotors. An upgrade was in order.
The kit we chose was EBC Brakes S8KR1159, a rotor and pad kit featuring wide slots and blind drilled dimples that are designed to dispel gases, dirt, debris, and carbon deposits, thereby improving brake efficiency. These rotors are designed to run up 900 C. and feature corrosion resistant thermic black coating.
Beginning in the rear, the New Century Tire crew got the wheels and tires out of the way and had the first caliper off in about a minute. A few seconds later, the caliper bracket followed.
With the caliper bracket removed, the rear rotor was removed. Fortunately, the emergency brake shoes still had some life left on them.
Quicker than the old rotor was off, the EBC drilled, slotted, and coated rotor was in its place.
The caliper bracket was reinstalled over the new rotor, and the EBC Orangestuff brake pads were loaded in.
Then the caliper was slipped back in place and bolted back up.
The rear was handled in a matter of minutes. On to the front!
We made quick work of the front, too, even though we spent some time admiring the new BDS lift and Fox 2.0s.
Just like the back, the front calipers were unbolted and set aside, followed by two more bolts for the brackets.
Again, it was off with the warped, and on with the drilled and slotted.
The caliper bracket was bolted back up, and the second set of Orangestuff pads were slipped into place.
Followed by the caliper, which slid right on before being bolted down.
We were already looking good under the fenderwell, but this brings things up another notch. The added peace of mind that a fresh set of extreme-duty rotors and pads brings is nice, too.
Our wheel and tire combo were bolted back on, and after a quick test drive we went to see Javier over at the New Century alignment rack. Believe it or not, the addition of the 6.5-inch lift only put us very slightly out of alignment. We thanked the crew and were on the road again in no time.
Here's the final product, all shined up for some hero shots. Of course, it won't be long at all before we find an excuse to get it dirty.
We don't do fully polished wheels too often these days, but these 20-inch Guardians from American Force hit the nail on the head. And the 5 inches of backspacing was perfect. The 37-inch Cooper Discovery SST Pros also fit the bill perfectly. We like when a fairly aggressive tread pattern has such good road manners.
We tried a few launches with our new Recoil adjustable traction bars from BDS, and things felt pretty smooth—definitely no chattering. We're looking forward to trying different adjustments for towing and hitting the trails. On to the next project!
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American Force
888.981.1344
americanforcewheels.com

BDS Suspension
517.279.2135
bds-suspension.com

Cooper Tires
800.854.6288
coopertire.com

New Century Tire
714.901.1337
newcenturytire.com