2004 Chevy Silverado replacing the rotors

Tiny
GENRAL299
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  • 2004 CHEVROLET SILVERADO
  • V8
  • 4WD
  • AUTOMATIC
  • 27,985 MILES
My question: is it possible to, or practical to, UPGRADE the rear rotors and brake pads to after market models which are larger for better braking and pad life.
And is this a fairly easy fit or am I getting in over my head? Any suggestions?
consider me mildly mechanically inclined. I did replace the pads myself.
Situation:
My 2004 Silverado LS has worn the rear brake pads and destroyed the rotors, one is scored, the other is cupped on the inside surface, with only 27985 miles. The front, are in great shape. Plenty of "meat" on the pads and smooth rotors. The rear pads are 1/2 the size of the fronts, and worn to replacement. All pads are the originals. I do plow with my truck but not commercially, a couple of driveways, and I never tow anything.
I always thought the front brakes went first.
thanks for your help.
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Sunday, March 2nd, 2008 AT 2:23 PM

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Tiny
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Replacing the rotors is a must. With 4 wheel discs I have found they usually wear the same. I dont know of beefier parts than stock. I usually just replace the rotors with the inexpensive ones (aftermarket) and put in ceramic pads(good quality) and I never have any problems even with the plow trucks. There is a very high quality rotor called centric, this is the best quality I know of, they cost about as much as the factory originals, so if possible get these. When removing the rear rotors be careful because the e brake shoes are behind the rotors and sometimes get stuck, so tap the center of rotor when removing, sometimes they come right off, usually they come right off. Hope this helps
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Sunday, March 2nd, 2008 AT 3:05 PM
Tiny
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Get the best rotors you can find, same for the pads. As the tech said, this is money well spent. Most every silverado owner I know has had the rear brakes wear out at 20-25K miles. The rotors get a plating of melted rust that can chip off and shave your pads to nothing in no time. I've seen this happen on non vented rotors, but not so common on vented ones. The fronts may end up the same way, but last about 2X as long. My replacement rears have 26K on them with no evidence of the OEM mess.
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Sunday, July 13th, 2008 AT 5:19 PM

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