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Good looking job on the rotors and painting the calipers .... Your build is coming along nicely.
 

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What pads did you use? What is your bedding technique?


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What pads did you use? What is your bedding technique?
I used the same OEM Nissan brake pads already on the truck; they're barely used and the surfaces were flat and fine so I just cleaned the surfaces off with some 400-grit.

As for technique, I just followed the Hawk method - went to an industrial area near my house that had no traffic and did 10 easy slowdowns (not complete stops) from around 35 mph, the 5 harder slowdowns from 45 mph. Headed back home, parked in the garage (e-brake off, even though we have drum-type e-brakes so it doesn't really matter) and let the pads cool down (I took the pics above after the pads were cool). After that I did the same process one more time.

One thing to note - because I used the same pads instead of fresh ones, the brakes were a little loud during bedding and for the first week or so. It was a low-pitched "grinding" sound (not chattering or squealing) but I wasn't worried at all; I've done this before (swap rotors only) so I was used to the sound, which is just the pads wearing down to the shape of the new rotor surfaces. After about a week the brakes were back to silent, and upon inspection the pads are bedded in nicely. The surfaces of the rotors are super smooth, and braking feels just fine, like how it was with the OEM rotors.

I might try the Hawk LTS pads someday (read some good things about them) but it's not a priority yet.
 

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I have always like the drilled and slotted look, I'm always paranoid about getting a stone or other debris stuck in the rotor and shredding a pad (off road debris).
 

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I have always like the drilled and slotted look, I'm always paranoid about getting a stone or other debris stuck in the rotor and shredding a pad (off road debris).
Same... I had red calipers and drilled-slotted rotors on my last 3 cars so i kept the pattern going lol
 

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Truck is looking awesome man, nice work.
 

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Build looks really nice. No lift right?


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For $30 I guess you can't really go wrong as they would be better than nothing. Please post some more shot's after you go off road and hit them on rocks.
 

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Can't go wrong for $30. I'd do the same if I ever came across a deal like that. I don't off-road enough to justify the purchase of good skids. The only time I am off road is to get to hiking trails. It would be nice to have that little bit of added piece of mind
 

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For $30 I guess you can't really go wrong as they would be better than nothing. Please post some more shot's after you go off road and hit them on rocks.
Can't go wrong for $30. I'd do the same if I ever came across a deal like that. I don't off-road enough to justify the purchase of good skids. The only time I am off road is to get to hiking trails. It would be nice to have that little bit of added piece of mind
I thought $30 was fine, considering that I don't off-road that much (yet, maybe?) and because I was still at stock height I just wanted something there. I bottomed out on a ridge at Azusa Canyon (stock wheels and tires too) and because of that I'd rather have something underneath for now. If I decide to do more difficult off-roading then I'll go with aftermarket skids and sliders.
 

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How did you come across these if you don't mind me asking? I would love to get a deal like that.
Got lucky, saw the ad on Craigslist about 2 minutes after the guy posted it.
 
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