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Old 05-17-2004, 06:44 PM   #1
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Both my SLE and SSEi are needing brakes. The SLE needs rotors and pads, while the SSEi just needs pads. I am thinking of getting some slotted rotors and ceramic pads for at least the SSEi.
Who sells the cheapest ones ($$-wise -not quality-wise). I'm on a very limited budget (especially with gas prices going nowhere but ^^^^), but don't want to skimp on the quality.
Also, what would last longer -Slotted rotors with ceramic pads, slotted rotors w/non-ceramic pads, or standard rotors with ceramic pads (if my memory isn't failing me stock rotors and ceramic pads are no-no'*)?

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if you're not a hardcore driver.....ceramics and standard rotors work fine. I warped mine once......after being a smartass in stop and go traffic.........i turned them......and no take it easy and they are fine...

if you're hard on your brakes, go slots and ceramics
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From what I understand if you have ceramic pads and stock rotors, your stock rotors are more suceptible to warping and wear due to the hardness of the ceramc pads. I have both ceramic pads and slotted rotors. Mine show almost no signs of wear on mine and I have had them maybe 2 years (?) now. Slotted rotors and stock pads I don't think will last too long. I can just see the slotted rotors eating up the pads.

I think in the end it will all work out the same. Just depends if you want to spend all the money now or over time.
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hee hee.. just my 2 cents.. if you're tryin the nickel and dime.. get those normal pads with lifetime warrenty with slotted rotors.. keep bringing it back everytime their worn and ask for new ones.. hee hee..
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hee hee.. just my 2 cents.. if you're tryin the nickel and dime.. get those normal pads with lifetime warrenty with slotted rotors.. keep bringing it back everytime their worn and ask for new ones.. hee hee..
Yeah, but to me only having to install once is worth it to me.
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thats true ol'Blue.. but you said you were on a budget.. so simply just giving you options and throwing out ideas. .. not that hard to change the pads
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thats true ol'Blue.. but you said you were on a budget.. so simply just giving you options and throwing out ideas. .. not that hard to change the pads
I know what you're saying, but I know the local NAPA, Auto Value, and Carquest guys pretty well and kinda would hate to be costing them money- but then St. Cloud and Alexandria have higher income parts stores so.....
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JC whitney has some I think....

Jegs, summit may as well.
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I just received a pair of Powerslot rotors for about $170 for the pair. Just a FYI, none of the slotted rotors are cheap, you are looking at $150+ (the cheapest I found was $170!). In other words, none of the cheap China manufacturing companies are making slotted rotors, as far as I know.

Plus, its your brakes, a big safety component of the car....why skimp?

For pads I went with Raybestos Quiet Stop ceramic pads.....I figure once I get these parts on we are looking at 60-70k of life.
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Do not get ceramic pads if you are aggressive with youre brakes most ceramic pads are designed to operate at about 800 degrees or less when most semi mettallic pads are designed to work at about 1000 degrees or less. The reason why the ceramc pads cause warpage isnt the hardness of the pads its the fact that it cant distribute its temperature out of the pad and into the backing plate fast enough so the heat transfers to the nearest metal (i.e. the rotor). Some people think that ceramic pads are designed for racing use and dont put out any brake dust. Neither is true, they dont hold up to heat as well have no quiteness advantage (if used in the proper application) and the brake dust is made of a ceramic material so its still there it just matches the color of your wheels (unless you have black or anthracite rims). This information was tought to me by the district manager of sales for Wagner the makers of the Thermoquiet pads. For what its worth even though they are slightly noiseir some times my EBC greenstuff pads and sport grooved rotors stop GREAT, why just today I was doing some "performance driving" with a Honda Accord (who was losing) and had to slow from 90 to 40 and the Bonne did GREAT!!!!
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