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 Post subject: Brake rotors - cheapo or spend some $?
Unread postPosted: Thu Jan 31, 2013 5:32 pm 
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Feels like i'm going to need some new rotors since I don't think it's really cost effective to get them turned. You guys know my needs pretty well, 95% daily driving, 5% autox, 0.001% track days. I see that I can get rotors from advance for $35 each, or I can spend more. I'm not going to slotted or drilled, but you can still spend much more on a name brand rotor blank. Is it worth it? Would I be gaining anything by going past the cheap one? Better durability to future warping perhaps?


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 Post subject: Re: Brake rotors - cheapo or spend some $?
Unread postPosted: Thu Jan 31, 2013 6:16 pm 
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I did a bunch of research when I replaced mine on the STI (since those dinner platters were $$$$), and basically I found that the "premium" ones at NAPA were about as good as it gets without spending huge money for something with floating hats and all. I got a set at about 60k miles, and when I sold the car at 120k miles they still had a ton of life left in them. To top it off... they were pretty cheap too ($30-40/ea sounds right - most other places were well north of $100/rotor).



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 Post subject: Re: Brake rotors - cheapo or spend some $?
Unread postPosted: Thu Jan 31, 2013 8:50 pm 
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Napa premium are rebadged raybestos, they're good and you can get the raybestos cheaper from rockauto. Definitely worth going for their advanced technology or r300 rotors for the coated hats



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 Post subject: Re: Brake rotors - cheapo or spend some $?
Unread postPosted: Fri Feb 01, 2013 9:13 am 
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So you're saying these two are the same rotor?
http://www.napaonline.com/Catalog/CatalogItemDetail.aspx?R=UBP880360_0247645703
http://www.rockauto.com/catalog/moreinfo.php?pk=1043049&cc=1443520


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sure looks it to me.... even the same stock photo


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 Post subject: Re: Brake rotors - cheapo or spend some $?
Unread postPosted: Sun Feb 03, 2013 1:17 pm 
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The very same, bit of a price difference right?



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 Post subject: Re: Brake rotors - cheapo or spend some $?
Unread postPosted: Mon Feb 04, 2013 10:13 am 
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yeah, big difference! guess i'll be going with those rotors, thanks guys.

what's everyone's opinion on replacing brake pads with the rotors? I'm replacing the rotors because under braking, it's not smooth, you can feel the warped rotors pretty clearly. But I'm pretty sure there's still lots of life left on the pads. Is it considered acceptable to keep the old pads if I do a bedding in procedure once I put the new rotors on?


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 Post subject: Re: Brake rotors - cheapo or spend some $?
Unread postPosted: Mon Feb 04, 2013 1:31 pm 
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Myself, I've replaced pads without doing rotors, but never the other way around. Sounds like a questionable practice to me. Truly dangerous? Probably not. Just bad practice. If you're actually doing the work yourself, at least take a look at the pads while you're in there. You'd almost have to work to avoid pulling the pads out when doing the rotors. They don't go bad sitting on a shelf, so may as well have them on-hand. Check the calipers while you've got those off, too. Doing brakes isn't a real complex job, but it's just enough of a PITA to not want to take it apart and put it back together more times than is really necessary.



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 Post subject: Re: Brake rotors - cheapo or spend some $?
Unread postPosted: Mon Feb 04, 2013 1:37 pm 
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Oh sure, doing pads, calipers, rotors, they're all a pretty simple job. It's just to save the cash of the new pads. True they never go bad, but by the time i need new pads, it's hard to say if my needs might have changed so I might want a different kind of pad...


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