Posted: Mon Nov 18, 2013 10:36 am Post subject: Rotors and brake pads DONE...other questions..
Ok its about time i replace the rotors and brake pads.
First off Im looking to spend either between 200-300 for parts. Im looking for pads with good stopping power, dont squeak and mimimul dust. Rotors, just some that wont warp.
Also how easy is this to do yourself? I usually take to a shop to do this, but I really dont want to be charged alot for labor charge.
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Last edited by HotSauce6226 on Sun Nov 24, 2013 7:47 pm; edited 1 time in total
$200-$300 for just the fronts, or for all four corners?
Akebono makes some pretty good pads. I'd recommend them. I've also had GREAT luck with the GMPP front pads. Never a noise, no dust and I've got about 40k on them with more than half left. Bad part is the $116 price tag though.
I just replaced the pads and rotors on my 2001 when I did my F-body upgrade about five years ago. I forget which rotors I had (I got them from a friend that used to work at an auto parts distributor five or six years ago - it wasn't Brembo or Baer but I think it started with a B) but I had Akebono ProACT ceramic pads.
I took the rotors off last week with the intention of having the rotors machined down to get rid of a warp that was only apparent under heavy braking or at highway speeds. The pads had some life left, but not a whole lot (five years of wear; probably about 50k miles) so I decided to change them out.
The rotors couldn't be machined because they wore more at the outer edge than the inner which was probably why they felt warped. I didn't notice any unusual wear to the rotors during a visual inspection. Bottom line is the Akebono pads gripped well but wore the rotors down.
I switched to Wearever Platinum Ceramics from AAP ($50ish; best deal I could find without spending more money on a higher end pad locally) and got the BrakeBest rotors from O'Reilly (2 year warranty) for $41 each. While braking is still good, they seem to require a little more pedal pressure than the Akebonos. I'm just happy to have a smooth pedal and steering wheel back and if they end up warping within two years I'll just get them swapped out.
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I second that. I use the akebono street performance pads and bosche quiet cast rotors. Lifetime warranty rotors from O'Reilly. I expect to replace rotors every brake job anyway so the lifetime warranty is great and the pads stop great
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