Is that a shorty? Did you also bring the picnic table?
Impressive all the same.
The most I ever hauled was myself with 3 of my friends, our mountain bikes (they were huge), all our gear (they had body armor), food and drinks for a day in the Santa Ana's. I took out the middle bench and moved the rear bench into its place, so we rode in comfort. But mine is an extended body.
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Replace the sticking calipers if you want rotors to last..Also the rear drums will warp because of the emerbrake dragging. Seems like rotors.Ask how I know..
How does a person know if he may have sticking brake calipers?
As for the rear drum brakes, I kinda suspect they are only used for when the parking brake lever is actuated. I did a test today while coasting down a very long mountain road using only the parking brake. The rear brakes did not have enough power to stop the vehicle, but they did have a little power to slow the vehicle down only a little bit.
I am kinda of thinking the problem with the Aerostar brakes is not the front brakes, but rather the rear brakes, or the lack of the rear brakes power, or the lack of the rear brakes coordinating themselves with the front disc brakes.
93 Aerostar Sport XL 3.0L RWD Shorty
97 Aerostar XLT Cargo Van RWD Shorty (crashed)
The high center of gravity causes forward weight shift, unloading the rear tires, under braking. That's why there is a RABS on most trucks; the old types were levers attached from the rear suspension to a pressure valve to the rear brakes, and the new types use electronic sensors and actuators. This is why a more powerful rear brake will not really help.
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