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Im curious about the brake upgrade options from stock for the 2012 Titan SV. The last time I did brakes, I just went with a conventional rotor and pads. Nothing fancy. After a couple years of running on these brakes, the truck stops like crap. It stops, but not well and not quickly enough. There's no scraping or anything like that, but it feels like it could stop better.

From what Ive read and worked with in the past, it seems like a first choice would be stainless steel braided caliper line, slotted/drilled rotors, and ceramic pads. Is it worth considering a larger caliper for additional stopping power? If so, what options are available, without getting too crazy expensive? Anything factory?

Ive also read that there was a bigger caliper installed on the 2008-2015 (or thereabouts - Gen 2 Titans are 2016+ if I remember correctly). With this upgrade, does anyone know exactly what changed? My understanding is the calipers are bigger. Did the number of pistons change? Are the pistons bigger? Bigger rotors, as well? I'd like to understand more about what changed.
 

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The change from 2004-07 brakes to the 2008.5-15 trucks was a change in rotor size and caliper size. Don't think number of pistons changed at all.

I don't think there are any bigger options without going full custom and spending several thousand dollars. In as much as my 2011 stops well with OEM brakes with 118k on the original pads and rotors, I'm inclined to say your issue isn't hardware design or size, but some other problem. Check all the basics. Calipers moving freely? No pulsation from warped rotors? Pads aligned and moving freely with the caliper motion? Bolts all properly torqued?

If all that checks out, I'd start with changing out the brake fluid. I know it sounds nuts, but over time brake fluid absorbs water and becomes less hydraulically stable across wide temp swings. That will lead to soft pedal and poor performance. Do a full fluid exchange and full bleed (or have one done at a shop) and see if that resolves your issues.
 

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@dubyam - Thanks for the input. I installed the powerstop slotted rotors and ceramic pads shortly after my initial post. Its helped quite a bit.

The fluid issue Im not surprised by. If/when I get around to replacing the caliper lines to braided lines, I'll likely flush the fluid anyway, since it'll require a bleed in order to install the lines anyhow.
 
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