Just need a little brake advice.

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I've been researching the brake threads on here, and I'd like to describe my towing situation and get your advice. I have a 2017 Bighorn 5.7 and I tow a 24ft Tritoon with one set of disc axle brakes on the trailer. The dry weight of the boat is under 2900 lbs. Not sure if that includes the motor or not, either way adding the trailer weight and I'm guessing 4500 lbs ballpark? My OEM brakes have 56,000 miles and are warped, so I'm ready to not only replace, but upgrade within reason. I like the powerstop recommendations, but not sure I need that Z36 set for my braking needs...maybe the Z23 kit would be all I need. The other question is should I go 4 wheel or the front only for now. Doesn't the front bear the main braking load? I haven't done an inspection of the system and I don't mind spending the money to get the job done right, but I am still cost conscious. My other thoughts are the Wagner solid rotors and OEX pads. How's that for choices?!! If I sound like a confused old man I'm sorry, sure looks that way to me when I read this post back to myself!
 

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normal driving the front handles 80% of the breaking, hence the reason Toyota had adjustable proportional valve early on. However, when you have a trailer, you have weight on the rear, pressing on the rear axle so the rear is not adding to the stopping power more than previously unloaded.
in fact google says...
Rear brakes typically handle less than 40% of the braking force

could not find stats on the rear / front when towing.
 
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Makes sense, I never considered the effect of the tongue weight on the rear braking. I think I'd better replace all the rotors and pads as a complete update to the system.
 

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Just my view. but it would be same as above. get best brakes you can afford.
Brakes are something in my view, you shouldn't buy the cheapest.

I would also do all 4 at the same time.
 

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I've been researching the brake threads on here, and I'd like to describe my towing situation and get your advice. I have a 2017 Bighorn 5.7 and I tow a 24ft Tritoon with one set of disc axle brakes on the trailer. The dry weight of the boat is under 2900 lbs. Not sure if that includes the motor or not, either way adding the trailer weight and I'm guessing 4500 lbs ballpark? My OEM brakes have 56,000 miles and are warped, so I'm ready to not only replace, but upgrade within reason. I like the powerstop recommendations, but not sure I need that Z36 set for my braking needs...maybe the Z23 kit would be all I need. The other question is should I go 4 wheel or the front only for now. Doesn't the front bear the main braking load? I haven't done an inspection of the system and I don't mind spending the money to get the job done right, but I am still cost conscious. My other thoughts are the Wagner solid rotors and OEX pads. How's that for choices?!! If I sound like a confused old man I'm sorry, sure looks that way to me when I read this post back to myself!
First, let me say that trailer braking is proportional, that is, the trailer should stop itself. Considering this, you don't need to get too wild about the marketing hype of towing brakes or severe braking solutions on your tow vehicle. When I had to make the choice, I went with the Z23 everyday brake solution (I towed under 7.5K pounds). Reading the fine print tells you getting more aggressive brakes also gives you a shorter brake life.

I would do all four corners with the Power Stops, the purpose of the rear brakes is to add stability while offering moderate stopping. Power Stops brake pads and rotors are formulated to work together so it would be best to do the rears as well. There are other brake solutions that I've read good reports on but I only have first-hand experience with Power Stops. When it comes time for brakes, I will do my due diligence first and likely stay with what has worked for me in the past.
 
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Get the best you can ,your life may depend on them.
 

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As others have said, get the best you can afford, research the brake systems you are thinking of. Don't jump on the latest brake XX thread / advertisement.
 
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