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Old 03-12-2014, 07:46 AM
sjboulden sjboulden is offline
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OEM vs. Slotted vs Drilled vs. slotted and drilled

I'm going to do my brakes soon and I was wondering which of the four types of rotors are the best to go with. I do a lot of highway driving and live in a moderate climate (Iowa). Any suggestions? I'm also wondering if the rotors dont matter as much as the pads...if that is the case, which compound is the best to go with?
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Old 03-12-2014, 06:11 PM
will williams will williams is offline
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if you are the avg driver that drives mostly highways then stock rotors with stock pads are the way to go. In my opinion the stock pads stop great but create too much dust. for that reason I would go with EBC Red Stuff pads. they stop like oem but last longer and with a lot less black dust. I do have the cross drill on mine with the red stuff pads. The only reason I put the cross drilled on mine is because I drive lots on mountain roads, and with a heavy car brake fade due to excessive heat. the cross drilled stay a lot cooler. However if I were a flat lander I would stay with the stock rotors.
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Old 03-12-2014, 06:17 PM
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I just put the same setup on my 2001. Red stuff with the cross drilled. I love em and it's the closest thing to getting brimbro.


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Old 03-12-2014, 08:04 PM
sjboulden sjboulden is offline
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I see... I do go up and down hills regularly, so the info you have about fade is useful. In really going for what will last me the longest because I intend to do all four at the same time. Thanks. One more question: when you switched the pads and rotors, did you switch the calipers as well?

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Old 03-12-2014, 08:10 PM
will williams will williams is offline
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Dont need to change the calipers unless they are shot, so no I didnt change my calipers. Also if you go with crossed drilled rotors , please know you will notice a slight wine under light braking and a slight groan under heavy braking. but that is normal.

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