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I've got a 2008 Ridgeline with over 200,000 miles under it. A good 80,000 of that have been while pulling a 17' Casita travel trailer........and the majority of those miles were in the mountains of Colorado and New Mexico. I'm pretty careful with thinking ahead about braking, but sometimes hills are too long or emergencies come up too quick. I use reduced gearing for most of my downhill jaunts, but brakes get hot holding back weight. Are there any new refinements for the older Ridgelines? I've heard mention of some ceramic pads, but haven't checked into them. Anything in that area? Or is there a total upgrade that would be far superior to even a newer technology pad?
 

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Most pads today are ceramic compounds, including stock. I would say you have done very well to go that distance including towing. That says a lot about how well the stock brakes have served you. I assume pads have been changed at least 2 or 3 times in 200K?. Important to flush the brake fluid every 2 or 3 years as well.
 

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I've replaced pads once. Had to replace the back brakes before the front ones needed it. I think the dealer flushed the brake fluid once. I'll check my records. Might be due a repeat.
 

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You could consider going to brake calipers and rotors from an 09-14 pilot. Direct bolt up (with the brackets) providing larger diameter rotors and greater pad surface area. Search the subject if you like.
 

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Kinda my feeling also.

But it's your choice. There is always something a little better that you generally pay more than a little for, such is life.
I would just question how much you really gain for what you put in to it vs. keeping it all stock.

Why they made the Pilot's brakes larger is interesting in itself. The weight is a little less and the towing limit is under half the Ridgeline's.
 

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Just because my brakes have lasted a long time doesn't mean I've had "great luck" with them. It's mighty scary to be coming down an incline and have a car jump in front of you or a deer try and cross the road. Brakes already plenty warm when you slam on them and they can fade out fast! I'm just trying to brake more safely and efficiently. No more, no less.
 

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You don't mention if your trailer has operational brakes. With a properly set up brake controller and electric brakes on the trailer and you should be able to stop as short or shorter with the trailer than without.

Brake fluid replacement should reduce fading after extended usage.

Bigger brakes from a Pilot will help even more.
 

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I've put 210,000 miles on my 08. Ever since my OEM's wore out I've been using EBC slotted and dimpled rotors and their Yellow Stuff pads. I think I have better braking with them and I like the fact that they are made in Europe mostly Great Britain with the rotors finished here in THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA.
 

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Very true.. before considering bigger brakes check to make sure what you have are at least adequate to start with.
 

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I've put 210,000 miles on my 08. Ever since my OEM's wore out I've been using EBC slotted and dimpled rotors and their Yellow Stuff pads. I think I have better braking with them and I like the fact that they are made in Europe mostly Great Britain with the rotors finished here in THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA.
Thanks for the tip.

Very true.. before considering bigger brakes check to make sure what you have are at least adequate to start with.
Makes sense but Honda said my Ridgeline was up to my little Casita travel trailer's weight, both tongue and total.............so I assumed that included the size of the brakes.
 

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The Pilot was a new model in 09. It's brakes were all part of the new design. . . .The Ridgline, on the other hand, was using 05 spec stuff when it debuted and was only selectively updated by Honda over its 10 year life span. The brakes were not updated and are essentially unchanged. . .

Basically the Ridge's brakes are smaller because they are an older design.
 

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Chris, member "feelmuhpino" just did the Pilot upgrade, I think he stuck with stock Pilot Pads and ordered all OEM parts. I believe he has all the part numbers, if your interested I think he's the most active member who has completed it.

I was considering this upgrade but I'm going to wait til a caliper needs replacing. If I had gotten my dad's travel trailer earlier this year, I would have gone this route. For now I've placed this on the "back burner". I do have a spreadsheet with a bunch of notes, it's incomplete but, I'm attaching it with my research, I'm not confident it's complete and there are some conflicts within it?

Here are a bunch of helpful links for Brakes

Pilot bigger brakes on the RL

Pilot brake swap, Bigger Calipers,Rotors, Pads

New EBC rotors, Pads and Calipers and brake lines etc fitted

Brake Fluid Change See Post 34

Rear Rotor's FWIW
 

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Chris, member "feelmuhpino" just did the Pilot upgrade, I think he stuck with stock Pilot Pads and ordered all OEM parts. I believe he has all the part numbers, if your interested I think he's the most active member who has completed it.

I was considering this upgrade but I'm going to wait til a caliper needs replacing. If I had gotten my dad's travel trailer earlier this year, I would have gone this route. For now I've placed this on the "back burner". I do have a spreadsheet with a bunch of notes, it's incomplete but, I'm attaching it with my research, I'm not confident it's complete and there are some conflicts within it?

Here are a bunch of helpful links for Brakes

Pilot bigger brakes on the RL

Pilot brake swap, Bigger Calipers,Rotors, Pads

New EBC rotors, Pads and Calipers and brake lines etc fitted

Brake Fluid Change See Post 34

Rear Rotor's FWIW
Thank you for posting :act035:
 

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Chris, member "feelmuhpino" just did the Pilot upgrade, I think he stuck with stock Pilot Pads and ordered all OEM parts. I believe he has all the part numbers, if your interested I think he's the most active member who has completed it.

I was considering this upgrade but I'm going to wait til a caliper needs replacing. If I had gotten my dad's travel trailer earlier this year, I would have gone this route. For now I've placed this on the "back burner". I do have a spreadsheet with a bunch of notes, it's incomplete but, I'm attaching it with my research, I'm not confident it's complete and there are some conflicts within it?

Here are a bunch of helpful links for Brakes

Pilot bigger brakes on the RL

Pilot brake swap, Bigger Calipers,Rotors, Pads

New EBC rotors, Pads and Calipers and brake lines etc fitted

Brake Fluid Change See Post 34

Rear Rotor's FWIW

Yes, that's two of us, for sure, who thank you for this post. It will help me immensely.
 

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Question: One of the reasons I'm wanting to upgrade to a larger brake is that I'm always driving around with a warped rotor. And when I had the rotors turned and new pads installed, it didn't take but one trip pulling the trailer to warp the rotors once again. I'm sick and tired of that "jerky" stop caused by that. Will these larger, dimpled and slotted rotors stay much cooler so I don't have to fight that?
 

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Theoretically, dimpled & slotted rotors, will dissipate heat better, downside is you will go thru pads faster? I would think if you went with the Pilot rotor, it's also 10-15% larger, so it should act as a larger heat sink, so that would be an improvement too.
 
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