Ford F-150 truly is the truck that keeps America moving.
Introduced in 1948, Ford F150 has remained the bestselling vehicle in the United States for 30 years, while it has been the best-selling pickup truck for well over 40 years.
Today we’re going to help you find the right Brembo brake pads and rotors for your Ford F150.
After we go over some options, we’ll discuss brake system maintenance, how to recognize different issues, and more. If you’re interested in improving the braking capabilities of your F150, you should have all of the answers by the time you’re done reading this guide. Let’s dig in!
Deciding to Upgrade – Better Braking Power and Shorter Stopping Distance
There are numerous ways to improve the performance of your car. However, no matter what type of vehicle you drive, starting with your brakes is always a good idea. Being able to stop safely and efficiently trumps any other upgrade, at least in terms of priority.
Working with a vehicle such as Ford F150 drives this point home even harder. Although it’s the smallest F-series truck that Ford offers, the F150 is still a heavy vehicle. Your regular 2019 XL model comes in at 4,069lbs while a 2019 Raptor weighs around 5,697lbs. That’s a lot of mass to slow down and eventually stop.
With that said, trucks are utility vehicles. The F150 became such an icon mainly because it is so practical and useful. Ford has designed these trucks for transporting heavy cargo as well as towing things – activities that add even more stress to the vehicle’s braking system.
All things considered, there’s more than one reason to upgrade the brakes on your truck. The real question is, what rotors and pads to get?
What Kind of Brembo Rotors Fit Ford F150?
Here at Brembo, we take pride in designing advanced braking systems for track and street use. Although we’ll always be the first to appreciate a good looking brake rotor, we understand that function matters way more than form when brake systems are in question.
The best rotor design for a pickup truck, especially one that is going to be frequently used for towing and hauling, is the ventilated rotor.
Why Ventilated Rotors?
Brake rotors come in a variety of flavors with the ventilated rotor being the most common design. It’s worth mentioning that ventilated rotors are still the standard for a good reason. Aside from several niche applications where slotted or even drilled rotors work better, a ventilated rotor is still the norm when it comes to braking power, efficiency and durability – three things you’d definitely want to have when hauling heavy loads with your truck.
Ventilated rotors work so well because they offer the maximum braking and optimal heat management. When that brake pad bites into the rotor on a downhill section of the road, it will bite with its entire surface. Any buildup of heat is taken care of by the cavity in the middle of the rotor so only 20% of the heat is being transferred to brake calipers and elsewhere.
If you’re looking for rotors to fit a 2011-2015 Ford F150 Lariat/XL/XLT, our 350mm Brembo 09.C274.11 UV coated front rotors are the way to go.
On the other hand, if you own a 2004-2008 F150 Lariat/FX4/XL/XLT/King Ranch or STX version, the 330mm Brembo 09.B597.11 UV coated ventilated front rotor offers great performance.
As far as rear rotors go, our Brembo 09.D274.21 348mm rear rotors will fit most F150s made from 2012 to 2017.
To find which Brembo ventilated rotors are compatible with your specific Ford F150 trim and model year, check out our vehicle selection menu at brembostoreusa.com.
UV Coated Rotors – The Evolution in Efficiency
Here at Brembo, we’re constantly working on improving automotive brake systems and various related components. Sometimes that means achieving better lap times on the track, but sometimes it’s all about offering better street performance and protecting the environment.
Our Brembo UV Coating technology was developed to reduce emissions, offer better corrosion resistance, and eliminate the use of toxic substances such as methanol. With our UV coated rotors, you’re looking at a longer rotor lifespan, better overall performance, and a much smaller environmental impact.
Our rotor coating includes the hat, along the edge and light coating on the rotor surface. This allows the end-user to install the rotor out of the box, with no need for additional chemicals to “clean” the rotor prior to installation.
Choosing the Right Brembo Brake Pad
Brake rotor selection is just one part of the equation. To finish upgrading your brakes, you’ll need to find the right brake pad for your truck.
Brembo has been at the very edge of brake pad design since our early days. As far as Ford F150 goes, we strongly recommend our premium NAO ceramic pads.
Ford owners can find this model of pads under the Brembo P24166N parts number. These pads will fit just about every F150 model produced from 2010 to 2019, including the SSV and 2017-2018 Raptor.
Check our vehicle selection tool to find out the exact model of pads that will work with your F150 year and model.
Why Brembo NAO Ceramic Pads?
Brake pads have come a long way from simple asbestos-based designs of the past. Today, you’ll find complex compounds that use a multitude of different materials in order to deliver specific performance profiles.
With that said, all of our pads feature solutions that make them stand out from the competition.
Every component of our brake pads has been engineered to improve performance and comfort. You can see this in multi-layered shims that reduce noise and vibration, heat-treated pad surfaces, advanced heat insulation, and many different braking compounds that we use.
Our NAO range of brake pads was specifically designed to meet the needs of American and Asian markets. NAO pads offer up to increased brake dust reduction, higher comfort, and improved lifespan compared to the competition.
Brembo P24166N brings all of these features in a pad that can also withstand heavy-duty use. This particular model is slotted, which allows any excess gasses and debris to safely evacuate the pad.
How Long do Brembo Pads Last?
As a leader in automotive braking technologies, we’re constantly working on improving the lifespan of our products. With that said, brake pads wear out over time. We strongly suggest that you check your brakes every 10,000 to 15,000 miles in order to assess the state of individual brake system parts as well as the system as a whole.
How long will a set of Brembo pads last on your F150 is a question that has no easy answer. There are numerous factors that can affect the lifespan of a brake pad and rotors.
Things like your personal driving style, how often you haul heavy loads, what kind of terrain you most commonly drive on etc. are all variables that need to be accounted for.
What we can do is tell you how to recognize signs of deteriorated brake pads.
How to Recognize Deteriorated Brake Pads and Brake Rotors
Modern brake systems very rarely experience sudden failure. In 99.99% of the cases, you’ll notice a gradual onset of symptoms indicating that your brakes are in need of maintenance.
Here are some of the signs that you need to look out for:
- The onset of noise during braking – Noisy brakes can indicate worn out pads and is a sign that you need a replacement at the very least.
- Vibrations while braking – Another thing to look out for is the onset of vibrations during braking. This can indicate warped rotors, uneven brake pad bite, and other issues.
- Radial grooves on the braking surface – If visual inspection shows the presence of radial grooves on the portion of the disc that contacts the pad, you’ll need to replace the rotor.
- Overheating – If you notice overheating even under normal use, that could be an indication of a larger underlying issue. Make sure to check whether your pads are properly releasing the rotor.
- Keep in mind that most of these symptoms can be avoided with regular, preventative care. A good rule of thumb would be to check your brakes more often if you drive in an environment where you’re forced to brake more often. The same goes for drivers who haul or tow heavy things on the regular. Make sure to account for increased brake pad and brake rotor wear under such conditions and check your brakes more often.
- On the other hand, if you’re mostly doing highway driving and rarely haul things with your F150, you can stick to the standard maintenance schedule. Either way, you should have replacement pads ready when you reach your maintenance interval.