Red, yellow or black calipers
Indeed I don't think Ridgeline unique in having mediocre brakes in the truck segment, nor is the issue unique to midsize trucks. My neighbor has an F150 with the twin turbo 3.5 liter, it's a rocket of a truck on the 0-60 and yet the stock brakes are pathetic, we split the drive on mountain snowboard days with me doing the drive home and every time we are coming down the mountain after a long day snowboarding I am reminded how much I hate the crap brakes on the F150. Nonetheless, Honda did such a good job on making the Ridgeline handle better than most trucks except for the brakes that I am surprised it didn't get more attention in the 2020 updates given that pretty much every great magazine review has long noted the stock Ridgeline's brake performance as one of their only reservations, Car and Driver's note being typical: 'Its braking distance from 70 mph to zero is on the long side, and we thought the brake pedal felt soft and had too much travel during normal use. ' I agree 100% with Car and Driver and I also think that a truck that handles as well as the Ridgeline deserves better, so at least mine is getting real good brakes, and we will make it fit in stock wheels. If enough of you like what you see us do, perhaps we make it a kit we offer.Just FYI,
2020 Midsize front brake rotor diameters:
I am running MDX front rotors and calipers on my GenI. Rotors are 13.0" diameter. Installed: MDX front brakes with EBC pads and rotors all...
Smufguy has aftermarket multi-piston calipers with matching rotors on his GenI but I don't know the dimensions.
In off-roading circles 17" and even 16" wheels are common for the mid sizers. For the truck market, rotor diameters seems to top out around where the Ridgeline is. I haven't really played around with the measurements but I would speculate that this size limit is a function of braking needs, caliper design and wheel diameter / offset specs.
If you are doing something one off just for your own vehicle then clearly you only need to worry about what will fit your chosen wheel package. If you are doing something to offer the Ridgeline community it probably should fit the stock wheel setup. Also from what I understand the GenI / GenII front brake assembly is cross compatible so perhaps that is even more food for thought if you come up with something to offer up to sell to the community.
Looking forward to a well sorted reasonably priced brake upgrade option
Ooooh! I'd be up for some better brakes.If enough of you like what you see us do, perhaps we make it a kit we offer.
Thanks, we started here with checking the StopTech catalog and our copy does not currently show any kits for Ridgeline. So whatever they did appears may be out of production. We also really want something that fits in stock wheels and from our extensive experience with them that usually means no fat Stoptech calipers. One big reason kits come and go is that lack of ability to fit in stock wheels, an issue we will avoid here. Nonetheless, will have Ryan reach out to them about what they did prior and whether they still have template available to check in stock G2 wheels. As for Rotora, they make good product but price range makes it rare, I think we can do a solid setup for less costs, and have rotor replacement costs that are more reasonable.
Very nice. I will be taking my first road trip in a few weeks for a long weekend at Lake Norman. It will be nice to see my MPG after getting away from the mountains of West Virginia. So far, I have never been able to surpass 19 MPG, even with driving the Interstate everyday to work and back.Our Ridgeline did over 560 miles yesterday by lunch. It was easy and smooth miles. Did the same drive a month ago in our old V8 Dakota shop truck at 16mpg, nice improvement to 22.6 mpg average in the Ridgeline.
The official dash pic that I took as we rolled up to our destination Thursday. Did this same 565 mile drive a month ago in our old shop truck, a 2008 Dakota V8 and averaged just 16 mpg so 22.6mpg is a awesome improvement and we averaged 74 mph.Very nice. I will be taking my first road trip in a few weeks for a long weekend at Lake Norman. It will be nice to see my MPG after getting away from the mountains of West Virginia. So far, I have never been able to surpass 19 MPG, even with driving the Interstate everyday to work and back.
If the 2020 Ridgeline's trip computer over-indicates by 7-10% like the 2017-2019's does, then that 22.6 is probably closer to 20.5 to 21.The official dash pic that I took as we rolled up to our destination Thursday. Did this same 565 mile drive a month ago in our old shop truck, a 2008 Dakota V8 and averaged just 16 mpg so 22.6mpg is a awesome improvement and we averaged 74 mph.