When building a fast truck, it's necessary to stop fast, too. By increasing the straightaway and cornering speeds of this '00 Dodge Dakota with a 6.1L Hemi powerplant and five-speed manual transmission behind it, and ex-race car driver Kirk Miller behind the wheel, we will need some serious braking power.
The factory Dodge Dakota braking performance will be enhanced with the installation of a new pair of replacement A1 Cardone Dodge single-piston disc brake calipers. The brake calipers were disassembled and reassembled at Top Line Performance in Huntington Beach, California. The A1 Cardone calipers needed some color, so we went to Specialized Coatings in Huntington Beach, California, where they would receive DuPont Red Baron powdercoating. Having your calipers powdercoated makes for a glistening appearance and easy cleaning.
The OEM Dodge front disc brake pads were improved with Posi Quiet disc brake pads along with power slot rotors that were dropped into the new A1 Cardone single-piston calipers.
The Dakota's spinnin' spools were ordered from The Tire Rack and came premounted, balanced, and ready to be installed. The Tire Rack sent us a set of new American Racing Dale Earnhardt Jr. Octane 22x8-1/2-inch wheels with black centers and polished stainless steel lips. The wheels have a 5-1/2-inch backspacing to achieve an important dimensional appearance. These Octane wheels will give the Dakota the serious racing image we were looking for. The 275/45R20 Avon Tech S/T tires fit the wheels perfectly and will give us the look and performance needed for our Dakota race project.
Check out how we upgraded the Dakota that we lowered last month. If your ride is in need of new wheels and brakes, contact the companies in the story and get rollin'
We upgraded the current front disc brakes with the addition of Power Slot cryogenic disc b
The factory front disc brake rotor, caliper, and pads looked a little crusty and rusty.
After disconnecting the brake line and caliper mounting bolts from the bracket, Jim Kwolac
A new Power Slot cryogenic slotted and vented rotor was mounted onto the front hub assembl
The Power Slot cryogenic slotted and vented rotor has greater tensile strength, abrasive w
Posi Quiet scorched brake pads deliver increased braking performance, eliminate noise, gla
Jim mounted the A1 Cardone caliper with Posi Quiet pads to the factory mounting bracket. T
The A1 Cardone single-piston calipers were sent to Specialized Coatings in Huntington Beac
Before bleeding the front disc brakes, Jim made sure there was plenty of brake fluid in th
A 5/16-inch box end wrench was used to open and close the caliper bleeder valve. As the br
The wheels and tires came premounted and balanced from The Tire Rack. Mario checked the ai
The Dakota got a new set of treads, Avon Tech ST 275/45R20.
The Avon Tech ST tires and American Racing Dale Earnhardt Jr. Octane wheels were checked o
Jim muscled the new wheel and tire combo onto the new Power Slot rotor and hub studs. Then
The Tire Rack supplied a Gorilla 1/2-inch drive lug hand wrench with a 3/4-inch socket and
The DJM lowered Dakota took on a race-performance stance with the addition of the new spoo
Flashback to the way it was: The Dakota at stock ride height and factory wheels and tires.
Flashforward to the way it is now: This profile shot shows off the Dakota after receiving
From The Driver Seat
The combination of the Power Slot cryo rotors, A1 Cardone single-piston calipers, and Posi Quiet scorched disc bake pads contributed to a solid braking performance package. The 275/45R20 Avon Tech S/T tires and American Racing Dale Earnhardt Jr. Octane wheels deliver a performance look that we were going for. The wider Avon tread contact patch allows for better traction under acceleration, braking, and cornering. The Avon Tech S/T low profile creates a stiffer sidewall, which developes less sidewall flex, that helps eliminate heat buildup. The larger contact patch allowed for increased cornering speeds.
The Tire Rack purchase was easy and fast; besides, it's hard to beat having wheels and tires delivered to your door that are already mounted and balanced. Our overall impression of the upgraded front disc brakes, wheels and tires on all four corners is it will vastly improve the drivability, handling, and appearance of the Dodge Dakota. It's starting to look and feel pretty racy.
|Your Questions Answered |
|Time Spent Working: ||3 hours |
|Mechanical Difficulty: ||Beginner |
Tools Used: Coats tire changer, Coats tire spin balancer, pneumatic gun, 3/4-inch socket, assorted wrenches, gravity brake bleeder, 13mm allen hex wrench, Gorilla Power 1/2-inch drive handle, and a torque wrench
|Parts Used: |
|Power Slot cryogenic rotors PN8738CSL ||$377.00 |
|Posi Quiet disc brake pads PN106.08200 ||$59.95 |
|A1 Cardone single-piston brake calipers PN18-4756 ||$70.00 |
|Powdercoat calipers || $40.00 |
|American Racing Dale Earnhardt Jr. Octane 20x8-1/2-inch wheels ||$641.00 |
|Avon S/T Tech tires 275/45R20 ||$403.50 |
|Frontend alignment ||$ 65.00 |
|Total ||$1,656.45 |