My research shows that there are an incredible number of brake rotor
suppliers offering a wide range of product offerings and prices. It makes
my head swim.
What brand and product would you recommend for my machine?
If possible look for made in USA. The steel is stronger. Not looking for any
semi-educated arguments either. Alot of the new foreign rotors recommend
having them surfaced prior to first use.Don't say much for the quality does
Bought new Ultra Premium rotors from NAPA yesterday. Was expecting to see
Made in the USA or Made in Canada on the boxes. Much to my bitter
disappointment the labels said Made in China. I may have to look into the
Bendix product next time.
If you bought it from NAPA, and it was made in China, chances are it is
Be sure you have it ground (machined, turned) and surfaced properly and that
you install it according to best practices.
Chinese stuff isnt always s--t. But you can make crap out of anything.
When it comes to motor vehicles it is easy to find American made vehicles,
made with mostly American parts. 80% of the vehicles sold in the US by GM,
and 85% in the case of Ford, are made here, as opposed to less than 40% of
those with Japanese brand names of the grill, that are only assembled here
of mostly import parts.
Do a search of the US Commerce Department site to discover which vehicles
are made here and the percentage of American materials and parts, WBMS
You would think they SHOULD be, but others here say no. It is, IMO, gravely
important that the rotors you choose be properly machined and fitted, and
the wheels are meticulously torqued to the assembly. Just my 2 cents.
If someone approaches your car with an impact wrench to remount your wheels,
have a "come to Jesus" talk with him.
I'm embarrassed to tell you that my rotors must be replaced because I
neglected to check the pads, did not hear the warning chirp, and now metal
to metal contact has occurred.
I will be the one doing the torquing. Do you recommend two stages of
torquing or three?
I'll butt in and say 2 should be fine. Also, think long and hard to be
SURE they are so damaged they must be replaced. It may be advisable to keep
originals that are 94% flat than to even chance inferior quality that are
98% flat. Are you sure they won't clean up within specifications?
Sometimes they can be resurfaced, clearing all but slight imperfection,
remain in tolerance, and function quite safely and properly. May good
decision-making be your friend. s
You guys are killing me, I've done hundreds of brake jobs (ex mechanic)
and a rotor is a rotor is a rotor. It's not brain surgery, it's a vented
rotor cut to a certain width, covered in oil and shipped here.
Buy the cheapest thing you can (usually ~15-30/rotor) and change them
every brake job. The only ones that are expensive are the big truck
hub/rotor pieces. It's more time consuming/expensive to turn rotors at
this point than to replace them. Those Chinese can sure do it cheap.
Depends upon the rotor. Some are more expensive.
We can get them machined here for $15 or less, each.
A truck rotor can sometimes be machined several times before you get into
Similar to rebuilding calipers. A simple caliper rebuild can be very cheap.
A new or rebuilt caliper set, with pads, etc, can also be pretty cheap.
I bought new rotors for my wife's car a year or so back. Napa only had the
cheap chinese ones in stock so I took them. I thought I had left a bolt
loose but could find nothing wrong, but the car when 'bank bang bang'
really loud when applying the brakes. I took those chinese rotors back and
they had the better ones in stock and those were fine. The brand new
chinese rotors were worse than the 80k mile old rotors I was replacing.
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