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Brake rotors

Discussion in 'Ford Trucks' started by chas4x4, Aug 24, 2012.

  1. chas4x4

    chas4x4 Senior Member
    Messages: 101

    Anyone like a certain kind of brake rotor I have to replace the front ones on my 1997 f250 HD, I don't want to have to change these often their a pain,I am undecided to which brand to buy or is there no difference.
     
  2. tjctransport

    tjctransport PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,390

    i use napa premium.
    never had a problem with any of them
     
  3. crazyboy

    crazyboy Senior Member
    from NJ
    Messages: 298

    Power Stop drilled and slotted.
     
  4. brad96z28

    brad96z28 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,526

    I will only use the ones from advaced auto. Unless u want to get drilled and slotted then its I rotor for thoses.Maybe napas got better but when they switched to all china ones it was every other set we had to take off and turn them before we could give it to the customer.
     
  5. Dogplow Dodge

    Dogplow Dodge 2000 Club Member
    from NJ
    Messages: 2,974

    I was gong to buy the drilled and slotted rotors, as I was searching for a better stopping rotor. After much debate, and looking at several different options, I went with napa. The drilled rotors have a tendency to crack when put to hard use..

    http://forums.corvetteforum.com/c5-tech/2553459-drilled-rotors-vs-slotted-rotors-engineer-test.html

    Dimpled rotors are less likely to crack, but you lose a percentage of "clamping surface area" when you switch from solids to drilled, dimpled or slotted due to the missing surface area of the rotor that would have been in contact with pads. Slotted rotors do keep the surface cleaner, but wear pads faster.

    Originally designed for allowing build up heat and gasses out of the pad surface, drilled rotors had their place in the race car circuit, but found their way into stock cars and trucks due to demand for them. Supposedly the new formulations of pad do not "offgas" as the older pads used to, so there isn't a real need for the exhaust holes being drilled in rotors any longer. They do, however, look really cool, but I don't know if you really get a huge benefit from them or not, as I don't have personal experience with them on my own vehicles.

    I was luckier than most, as the rotors for my truck are the NOS USA made rotors that were sitting in Napa's warehouse for about a decade or so. I'm sure this has to do with the rarity of my truck compared to newer trucks.

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    From what I understand almost all manufacturers are buying china made rotors which pretty much are guaranteed to warp.... or so I've been told. I would stay away from rotors from there, if at all possible.

    $50 for rotors, or $100 for drilled / slotted..... I cheaped out but I'm satisfied as ,my truck stops 10x better than it did previously. BTW.... I replaced my 20 year old studs while I as in there, and re-packed my bearings.


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    Last edited: Aug 24, 2012
  6. tjctransport

    tjctransport PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,390

    that is why i said NAPA premium.
    the over the counter cheap customer stuff is made in china
    the professional mechanic premium parts are much higher quality, and usually made in the USA.
     
  7. Dogplow Dodge

    Dogplow Dodge 2000 Club Member
    from NJ
    Messages: 2,974

    I know the guys @ my local Napa, as I worked in a napa store for about 6 years, and they knew my former boss

    They told me that they order the Napa premium and the regular OTC crap. In both instances, they've opened the boxes, and found the rotors are made in china. The Premium line sometimes has USA made parts inside.

    So, the reality is.... it's a crap shoot with what you get.
     
  8. chas4x4

    chas4x4 Senior Member
    Messages: 101

    Now a days it seems like a crap shoot when you order parts I know oem parts are to expensive and most are made in china,maybe more ideas will come up here.
     
  9. brad96z28

    brad96z28 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,526

    Lmao napa premium the cheap line made in CHINA. Napa ultra premium made In CHINA. The only time you ever get lucky is on a very unpopular part number where they have very old stock before they made the china switch about 5 years ago. Thats when they where made by united/century and they where actually good.
     
    Last edited: Aug 25, 2012
  10. brad96z28

    brad96z28 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,526

    The premium is they really cheap china crap. The ultra premium is the better cheap china crap with the balck painted hubs.
     
  11. broncscott

    broncscott Senior Member
    Messages: 101

    I run power stop drilled and slotted with Motorcraft super duty pads. Pull a 10,000-14,000 trailer everyday with no issues.
     
  12. mustangman02232

    mustangman02232 Senior Member
    Messages: 148

    up front I have powerslot rotors with motorcraft pads, second set in 100k

    rear had 2 sets of napa loaded calipers and rotors and is now running carquest with no issues, I usually use carquest but both times I lost brakes was on a sunday and the local carquest was not open
     
  13. brad96z28

    brad96z28 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,526

    Ive run I rotors slotted and drilled for 2 years before they gave me a chatter, occasionally towing heavy stuff from time to time no issues. I also only use wagner thermo quiet pads.
     
  14. chas4x4

    chas4x4 Senior Member
    Messages: 101

    you haven't had a problem with rust where the slots or the drilled holes people have told me to stay away from them because of that especially here in the northeast
     
  15. brad96z28

    brad96z28 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,526

    No there cadium plated I dont think they can rust.
     
  16. chas4x4

    chas4x4 Senior Member
    Messages: 101

    Thanks I did not know that they were plated.
     
  17. brad96z28

    brad96z28 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,526

    I got 2 years before they warped. I went back to advance rotors because they cost me 25 and still work great. Link to my old rotors http://irotors.com/ I think they have better dealsl in there e bay store http://stores.ebay.com/iROTORS-Performance-Brakes
     
    Last edited: Aug 26, 2012
  18. MickiRig1

    MickiRig1 PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,617

    I buy Advance rotors and have my shop press them on. Never had a problem. I know the counter guys by name. They take care of me with any problems.No argument at all. If your getting warped rotors with new ones. Maybe it's your driving style or the load behind the truck or trailer brakes? I rarely run into warped rotors. I drive E-350 Ambulances full time and we run OEM parts.
     
  19. MickiRig1

    MickiRig1 PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,617

    Shop Mom & Pop shops too. They can be cheaper!
     
    Last edited: Sep 4, 2012
  20. brad96z28

    brad96z28 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,526

    They are warped because when u take them out of the box and check them with a dial indicator they are way out . You have you choice then order another set ad hope you get a better par or you can turn them. I will usually turn them depending how bad they are sometimes oredering another set and you will get ones that are worse. I seldom have a problem with the advance rotors. Drums Ive never seen one aftermarket that was not square.
     
    Last edited: Sep 4, 2012