Originally Posted by JPMcG
I am interested in increasing my stopping power with improved front brakes. Pagd, Bimbo and others make slotted, drilled and vented rotors and high friction pads. If I purchase the rotors and pads---will the ORIGINAL MB Calipers FIT?
The Vented Rotors sure look a LOT thicker. 🤓 But none of the manufacturers indicate the need to purchase new calipers as well!! 😳
I don't have any experience on Sprinters, but based on what we have learned with other brands, particularly the Chevies, some brake parameters can be improved a lot and others not so much.
In general, from all the things I have experienced and read about the topic, drilled and slotted rotors do not stop any better than good high quality rotors and the drilled in particular are more prone to cracking.
The best in pads can give you better braking to a degree, and I would expect they would selling semi-metallic or some of the new carbon based pads for that. Some high performance, high friction, pads can wear rotors very quickly so do some research on that.
In the vans, most are set up with fairly light rear braking because in normal use they may be empty and light in the back. In an RV the back is always heavy so more braking can be put on the rear safely in almost all cases. I have no idea if there is a way to increase the rear braking in a Sprinter or not, though, but it may be worth asking.
Generally the best and relatively easy way to increase braking is to increase the amount of boost from the power brakes, so that may be an option if the system can take it.
If you do find a way to increase front braking, you might not like it as the heavy van may dive very hard in quick stops, making it hard to control.
You may want to start be finding out what the OEM pads are made of, as that may give more indication of what might be able to replace them and having a higher friction coefficient.