POWERSTOP Z36 Truck and Tow Performance Kit

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Anyone run the stainless steel shim PowerStop Z36 Truck and Tow Performance pads? Wondering if there's any noise or heat difference between kits.

Been running the Z23 dual rubberized pads+rotors+calipers on the older tahoe and yukon. Is that the only difference between Z36(Towing) and Z23(Performance) packages is the stainless brake pad shims?
 

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I have the full Z36 kit on my 2006 Denali XL. It works flawlessly! I have zer o complaints about these brakes. No noise at all. Heat dissipates very quickly and very little brake dust keeps my wheels much cleaner. Even up and down the mountain as much as I do and towing as well.
 
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Good to know. Picked up the full Z36 kit that includes brake hoses, rotors and calipers for 2015+. Should be able to mount the rotors and new calipers however the springs storms have the humidity's so high my garage floor is soaked. Probably wait until the humidity drops some before connecting everything.

Thinking I can just set the old calipers on 5 gallon buckets on all 4 corners and start at the passenger rear, connect the new hose/caliper, open the bleeder with a tube on it and let it air out into a catch bottle while topping off the master.

Anyone have any "pro-tips" for the all 4 corners caliper+hose swap?
 

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I used a brake bleeding kit from harbor freight recently when changing brakes on my truck. It should help you with vacuuming the air out of the lines after your swap. I would bleed after you get each one done. Start with the passenger rear, driver rear, etc if you are flushing the fluid too.
 
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Got a couple rotors on and the rear passenger caliper. Kept storming anytime I tried working on it. Both rear brake line:hose nuts cracked free with a 13mm open end wrench which was cool. Picking up fresh fluid tomorrow. We'll see if I can't bang out the rest.

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Power stop included 2 extra hoses I wasn't expecting. I'll have to look again but not sure where these go?

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Wow looking great @BeenChevy
Love the red calipers too.
I need to get this kit installed on my Tahoe. Especially with the towing I do a few times a year.
 
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Some findings in the kit worth mentioning are that the two extra brake hoses in the photo above are not for my vehicle and don't get installed. Another unused addition included with the kit is an extra set of abutment clips. From what I can tell - the more premium are the anodized color clips with the pad "spring-outs".

The only issue I ran into so far is that the front brake hose brackets that include the stand-off for the auto-level/magnetic ride do not have the same threaded hole and is a smaller gauge hole that needs to either be tapped, drilled out, or a smaller gauge nut and bolt used. In my case I have suspensionmaxx auto-level/mag-ride re-location plates and will likely drill a larger size hole in new brake hose brackets and find some nyloc nuts that will thread on the allen-screws. Found this tapered 10mm bolt which can be found in a quite a few places on these trucks - used it to to tap the hole in the brake hose bracket:

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