Most factory brake systems are very adequate at stopping your Dodge Ram, but sometimes you need something with more power. If you do a lot of heavy towing or expose the truck to extreme situations, you may need some more braking power. Lucky for you, there are some upgrades you can make on your truck to fill these holes and increase performance of your braking system.
Basics of Braking System Upgrades
There are three basic components of your Dodge Ram brake system that you can upgrade to get improvements. These improvements will help especially for towing and hauling, or just using your truck in extreme driving conditions. Most factory brake systems are pretty well structured, the basic architecture is already there. You may just need to squeeze the potential performance out of it with upgraded parts.
Brake components can be easily upgraded without having to change the structure of your truck's factory braking system. This will allow you to get some improvements over how your stock braking system can perform. For any modifications more than these basic components you'd be looking at re-engineering the brake system all together. If you did decide this was something you want to do, you should consult a brake system expert. A person with a basic knowledge of how to remove and install brake components can successfully perform these with no problem.
- DIY Cost – $74-$104
- Professional Cost – $100-$400
- Skill Level – Easy
Brake pads are a quick and affordable way to improve your braking performance. Because you have to change out pads more often than any other brake parts on your truck, you have opportunities to swap in an upgraded pad set. There are even some upgraded pad sets that can cost just as much as any factory replacement set.
- DIY Cost – $120-$350
- Professional Cost – $300-$800
- Skill Level – Easy
The next step is rotors. We want them to be made out of a metal that can withstand high temperatures. The metals that do this very well are not cheap, so brake rotor upgrades tend to be a bit more expensive than pad upgrades. There is also the question of drilled, slotted, or both. Each manufacturer will have their own opinions for this.
- DIY Cost – $600-$800
- Professional Cost – $850-$1500
- Skill Level – Moderate
Changing the calipers requires a bit more work, and really should only be done if you are looking to squeeze every last ounce of performance out of your braking system. There is also a possibility that by going with a different brake caliper, you might have to use a different brake pad design that is not similar to the OEM design. Keep this bit of information in mind if you are considering going down this path.