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Old 09-25-2007, 12:45 AM   #11
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I think alot of the people here will tell you to stay completely away from cross-drilled rotors. I'm not one of them. I had Powerstop cross-drilled rotors on my 95SSEi, and I had nothing but good experiences. Of course, I was delivering pizza at the time, which meant that I was doing a lot of stop-go driving at horrific speeds, and brake-fade was a serious issue for me.
What type of brakes to get should depend ENTIRELY on your driving needs, and not a bit on aesthetic preferences. If you don't drive like a maniac, you really don't need cross-drilled. If you do, then make sure to get a good brand, and make sure the holes are CAST in. The Powerstops that I used were cast with holes that were then machined slightly to prevent dust build-up and clogged holes.
If you don't fit the maniac mold, just get yourself some good-quality plain rotors and ceramic pads. If you feel you need a little more performance, go for the slotted rotors. The slots allows brake dust and gasses to escape, so that the pads make better contact.
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Thanks. I am not driving nascar style all the time, no, but also do not want to regret saving a few bucks when I am in a serious situation on the highway. I do a fair bit of Hwy driving and have experienced massive brake fade with my heavy green pig a few times. Traffic on the 400 serires here is a warzone at times and excellent steering performance and braking are necessities of life on those parts.


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I think alot of the people here will tell you to stay completely away from cross-drilled rotors. I'm not one of them. I had Powerstop cross-drilled rotors on my 95SSEi, and I had nothing but good experiences. Of course, I was delivering pizza at the time, which meant that I was doing a lot of stop-go driving at horrific speeds, and brake-fade was a serious issue for me.
What type of brakes to get should depend ENTIRELY on your driving needs, and not a bit on aesthetic preferences. If you don't drive like a maniac, you really don't need cross-drilled. If you do, then make sure to get a good brand, and make sure the holes are CAST in. The Powerstops that I used were cast with holes that were then machined slightly to prevent dust build-up and clogged holes.
If you don't fit the maniac mold, just get yourself some good-quality plain rotors and ceramic pads. If you feel you need a little more performance, go for the slotted rotors. The slots allows brake dust and gasses to escape, so that the pads make better contact.
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There are many good choices and more bad choices out there. I find a Bendix rotor and ceramic pads are the ones I like. They work well..cost a bit more than the cheap stuff and not as much as slotted etc.
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