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Question about my brakes

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Hey there. I have a 2014 Titan, base model, totally stock except for me adding a tow bar.

I feel like my brakes are pretty weak, compared to the weight of the truck, and this was especially true when I was towing. I'm looking to upgrade the brakes, and was hoping folks might have some suggestions for me. I have two ways I can see going: budget, where I upgrade the pads, and luxury, where I upgrade the rotors to drilled and slotted at the same time I upgrade the pads.

Any tips or advice is appreciated. I'm willing to do just about anything to get nice grippy brakes, as I drive regularly in the mountains.
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Hello. Bought my '04 CC LE in July of same year. Have experienced brake judder and the lame fixes from the dealership. In '06 replaced with solid Bosch rotors and ceramic pads. The OEM calipers have performed respectably for yrs with only pad changes when needed. But I've always thought they were lacking teeth when I need it. (I rarely use the brakes to solve driving hazards. More often I take my foot out of the accelerator and slide to the right) But now and then when I need to change lanes and go around someone who abides by the speed limits, I want the brakes to respond like I'm driving the chicanes at Sonoma. The truck is my daily driver and hauls the bass boat once or twice a month, and recently I noticed the sound of brake pad on caliper even after I lifted. I had been meaning to check on it and one week later turned into 10. So I finally pulled wheel and found the the caliper has died. Inside pad is thin on one end and thick on the other. Outside pad looks nearly brand new. Inside rotor face is half the thickness of the outside face. I cleaned it up, greased the caliper pins, removed the banjo bolt and dumped the old fluid out of the caliper, reassembled with old-new pads and pumped another half a bottle of fluid through the bleeder only to have it keep right on dragging. Wasn't surprised. I mean they're 15 yrs old and need rebuilt or replaced. So....I ordered a Power Stop Z36 front kit P/N KC244236 from RA along with BA brake lines since they're 15 yrs old too obviously. Once they arrive I'll post about the PowerStop product and after a week or so I'll provide feedback on what I'm seeing from a performance perspective. I did see the post about seating the ceramic pads so I might try that...still debating in my mind.

I opted for the Z36es because I want to install quicklift leveling struts and shocks and maybe go up to 20" rims. I'd like to hear what people have experienced with the Rancho, Bilstein or another brand and how it effected the steering/handling and overall ride comfort/or lack thereof when they changed the stock suspension.

2004 Titan CC LE White/Sand
119K miles Mostly Stock
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