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: 1997 ram 2500 4X4 w/ v10 brake job


Ramsportrocks
10-23-2009, 09:44 AM
friend of mine asked if i could do his brakes on his 97 ram 2500 4x4

i did them on a few 97/98 4x4 1500s in the past and i was wondering
if there is any difference other than the 8 lugs?

basically if the axles or hubs need to be removed in order to get the
rotors off i dont have a facility to work in and cant do it, if its like the
1500s where once i pop the calipers i can remove the rotors then i will be
able to help him out with it.

any information is appreciated.

thanks in advance

Truckasaurus
10-24-2009, 05:51 PM
hubs have to come off. rotor mounts from the back side.

sgillett
10-24-2009, 07:55 PM
If I remember correctly, remove the HUGE nut in the center and then remove the bearing from the knuckle by removing the bolts from the back side.

BigGreenV10
10-24-2009, 10:13 PM
Hubs don't have to come off to change rotors at least not on my 2000 2500

jackel440
10-27-2009, 10:49 PM
When I had my 96 apart for ball joints I believe you have to press out the wheel studs to remove the rotor from the backside of the bearing assembly.On the rearend you don't have to pull the axle shafts to get the drum off unlike the older model trucks from the 70's and 80's.They might be froze to the hub though were thedrum pilots on.It's a very close tolerance fit.I had to use a "BIG" 3 jaw puller to get one of mine off.
Good luck

BigGreenV10
10-28-2009, 02:50 AM
Wow the trucks must have changed allot from 97 to 2000 as my rotors did not have to remove the hubs to get them off two bolts and one big nut on the front and they popped right off. I just did new cross drilled and took 1/2 hour to change brakes and rotors on a 2000 2500.

jackel440
10-28-2009, 09:03 AM
I just went and looked at some pics of when I had the front end apart on my 96 ,and yes the hub and rotor will have to come off the truck.Then the wheel studs pressed out to remove the rotor.Then you can out a new rotor on the hub press the wheel studs back in and then put the hub back on the truck.
A press would make it easier to remove and reinstall the wheel studs,But you can remove/reinstall them with a hammer.
have fun with it:tup:

SANDMAN1988
11-13-2009, 02:21 AM
Wow the trucks must have changed allot from 97 to 2000 as my rotors did not have to remove the hubs to get them off two bolts and one big nut on the front and they popped right off. I just did new cross drilled and took 1/2 hour to change brakes and rotors on a 2000 2500.

Elliott - Unfortunately, a lot changed on the 2500HD-3500 Brakes between mine & yours (1999 to 2000). Part of which is changing to dual piston front calipers, different pads (not sure about the rotors) and disc brakes in back instead of drums. What I want to know is "Will the 2000-2002 brakes, calipers, rotors etc fit on my 1999? How about the disc brakes in back? It would be a great upgrade for me if they will!!! The book calls for 2.1 hrs to change my front rotors.

Davcruz
11-13-2009, 04:34 PM
To the OP: Yes, you will have to remove the hub and press the rotor off of it. They changed this on 2000 to the slide off type rotors.

Sandman: You should be able to bolt on the rear discs from a 2001.5 or 2002 2500 although the parking brake cable may not be the same. As far as the front goes, I think you would have to change everything from the knuckle on out as the hub and everything is different on the pre-2000 axles. You may not have to change the knuckle, I am not 100% certain on that one.

SANDMAN1988
11-13-2009, 05:03 PM
Sandman: You should be able to bolt on the rear discs from a 2001.5 or 2002 2500 although the parking brake cable may not be the same. As far as the front goes, I think you would have to change everything from the knuckle on out as the hub and everything is different on the pre-2000 axles. You may not have to change the knuckle, I am not 100% certain on that one.

So... if I understand correctly, we'd be talking from the caliper backing (mounting?) plate out for the front, and with the possible exception of the parking brake... the back would bolt right on... Anybody in the process of upgrading their 2000.5-2002 2500HD/3500 brake that want to get rid of their stock stuff??? Send me a PM if you know someone. Thanks.

Davcruz
11-14-2009, 06:00 AM
If by the caliper backing you mean the knuckle, then yes we are talking about the same parts. This style started in 2000.

The rear discs actually started in 2001.5, not 2000.

BigGreenV10
11-14-2009, 09:00 AM
I have rear drum so agree with Davcruz he seams to know everything I am learning though

Davcruz
11-14-2009, 10:20 AM
You're killing me! I do not know close to everything about anything, but I have done a lot of reading over the years and having owned a 2nd gen Ram or two has probably helped. I did a bunch of research on the 2500's before I bought my CTD and I had determined that the 2002 model 2500 was the culmination of all the lessons learned over the years by Dodge and I wanted a 2002, but they are hard to come by and I settled for the 2001.5 which had all the updates to the brakes, etc and was only missing the non-CAD D60.