YOU HAVE OPTIONS
There are multiple options that go beyond the basic brake rotor that came stock on your car. Choosing the correct rotor for you will not only increase your safety, but also improve your vehicle's appearance and handling. Among the reasons to opt for a Performance set of brake rotors:
- Dynamic visual impact
- Superior bite
- Equalized pad wear
- Consistent wet weather performance
Below are the various types of Performance brake rotors and some of the key features for each:
- Slots help evacuate gasses, dust, and heat. The slots actually draw cool air across the pad surface keeping pads and rotors cooler
- Increased initial bite and wet weather response
- Superior resistance to cracks from thermal stress
- Slots give you more pad bite and fast brake response under extreme conditions and are exceptionally good for high speed stopping power.
DRILLED & SLOTTED ROTORS
- Cross-drilled rotors can prevent rotor warping and improve brake output up to 37%.
- The drill holes allow air to flow over and through the rotor to cool the brakes up to 180 degrees more than standard blank rotors
- The lower temperature helps prevent pad glazing and brake fade
- Dissipates water for better performance and safety in rain
- Many rotors are vented, meaning internal vanes inside the rotor help cool it by forcing air through the rotor, which helps prevent warping
- Cooler operating temperatures ensure maximum friction between pad and rotor for maximum stopping power and durability
- Quieter operation
- the advantages of both drilled holes for cooling and slots to sweep away gas and dust.
GENERAL CONSIDERATIONS BEFORE CHOOSING YOUR ROTORS
- The blind drilled holes break down surface gases when braking from speed.
- The dimple drilled rotor was invented by EBC back in the 90's and the concept has been used by many since then because of its ability to offer pad degassing without "Through Drilling" rotor holes.
- the MAIN benefit of such sport rotors is their ability to maintain a flat and parallel pad surface throughout the lifetime of the brake pad set
- With all slotted rotors there will be an increase in air noise as the rotor passes beneath the pads under normal driving and braking. Some people like this kind of "Turbo" sound and others do not
- on Truck and SUV the wind noise may be almost unnoticed and on faster and tuned sedans and hot hatches these Performance rotors are the preferred choice.
- If silent braking with performance on a prestige or quiet car is your target buy, then opt for an engineered-quite rotor such as the EBC USR series
- Always replace brake pads when replacing rotors, it is false economy to use worn or old pads on new rotors as these can cause hot spots and promote brake fade and more than double bed in time. This is both dangerous and bad economics. Always turn or replace rotors when changing pads. If your vehicle was suffering from brake vibration, just changing the pad won't necessarily cure the problem, the brake rotor will also need changing or turning.
MY PAD OR YOUR PAD?
Whatever your budget, preference or driving style, there is a brake pad for you. Some of the most common materials you will find with us are:
- SEMI-METALLIC PADS
These provide strength and conduct heat away from rotors but also generate "some" noise and are abrasive enough that they "can" increase rotor wear. Semi-metallic pads come in different variations depending on the manufacture and they are considered a good economical choice for normal driving conditions.
- CERAMIC PADS
Ceramic compounds offer low brake dust and dissipate heat. The result is a faster reaction time and smoother, quieter braking cycle, while keeping your wheels free of unsightly brake dust. Ceramic brake pads typically are suited for performance vehicles, light-duty to medium duty trucks, SUV's, etc. With numerous formulations between all brake pad manufacturers results and conditions of use may vary.
- OTHER EXOTIC MATERIALS
Just like fine wine. Many brake pad manufacturers have developed there own concoction of blends using different materials to create more aggressive performance pads for mid to high-horsepower vehicles or for competition use. However, many of these formulations can be used on the street for spirited driving without causing temperamental braking issues or harming other brake components. For best results, most of these performance oriented pads have there own specific break-in process. This information is usually provided by the brake pad manufacturer.