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Old 09-27-2010, 01:55 AM   #11
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I got mine 2 months ago

Pads made in Canada
Rotors made in USA
Rotors "machined" in USA. Huge difference.
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I still say Napa Adaptive One Pads and Rotors... Take it from a guy who makes Rotors Glow like cherries

If I can not warp them with my GXP all 4400 lbs of here I don't see where you and the Buick will.

I find they work well even after repeated stops.

I will likely be putting them on both the dually and 2500
I'd like to see a picture of that. I overheated my brakes with ceramic pads to the point of complete failure downhill on a winding road, and had to downshift to slow down. I smelled the smoke for half a minute and the pads were completely glazed. Go look up Mulhulland Highway Road near Malibu in southern California. A road so crazy that it has its own Wikipedia page, and a movie made about it. I took the Bonneville GXP on that road on a 30 minute brutal assault on my brakes. My pads looked like shattered glass after I got home.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mulholland_Drive

I'm still using the same rotors and they aren't cracked or rusted, after 2 Chicago winters. Can you guess what I'm using?

Sure as hell aren't NAPA overpriced rotors. How much were those? $150 each? That'* what they quoted me last time I went. I paid less than that for both, cross drilled and slotted and zinc coated. 2 Chicago winters and no rust. This picture was taken a month ago:

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I would recommend my new R1 Concepts rotors, but I've only had them for less than 24 hours. So far, they feel a lot stronger than the el-cheapo unknowns I had. Ask me again next winter.

But as long as you rinse off any exposed metal part on an above-freezing day, that'll keep the rust under reasonable control.
2 winters on my R1 rotors. I've installed 10 pairs of these rotors and nobody has had a problem with them. That says quite a lot considering they were $130 for the fronts (for the pair), cross drilled, slotted, and zinc coated. If you want an excellent performance rotor that will resist rust, resist warping, and provide excellent braking performance, you will have a hard time beating R1 rotors.



Onto the story of pads, Hawk and EBC pads are decent, but having burned through more pads than I can count on my Regal in the last 165k miles, I can honestly say the #1 and #2 spot for the best pads I've ever used go to:

1. Akebono Pro-ACT Ultra Premium
2. Bendix CT-3

Both of those can be found on rockauto.com for very competitive prices (at least as far as consumer grade performance pads go). Don't forget the 5% discount code.
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Oh and for the record, the Bonneville GXP weighs 3780lbs.
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Oh and for the record, the Bonneville GXP weighs 3780lbs.

maybe yours
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Lol, alright, so now I gotta know how you tacked on another 600lbs, lol.
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I've got at least 120 lbs of sound deadening alone tacked onto my car. Then add on the weight of my sub box (dual layered 3/4" mdf with a maze inside) all the audio, second battery, intercooler, hosing, radiator and extra fluid. All in all I've probably added close to the same weight onto my ssei.
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I've got at least 120 lbs of sound deadening alone tacked onto my car. Then add on the weight of my sub box (dual layered 3/4" mdf with a maze inside) all the audio, second battery, intercooler, hosing, radiator and extra fluid. All in all I've probably added close to the same weight onto my ssei.

Subs = 85 lbs Each
Box = 225 lbs
Amps = 40 lbs
Dyno Mat = 50 lbs
Batteries =150 lbs
635 lbs give or take a few pounds !!
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So whats out there that is any good, and most importantly, wont WARP! ..............Anyone believe its work the extra coin to get cryro treated discs?.......Thanks gang!
After much research, and talking to my road-racing friends, I have had great luck going to TIRERACK.com, and purchasing this package. I have had this exact set up on my JEEP for the last 6 years, and LOVE IT!! I have recently installed the same package on my Bonneville, and it has worked excellent again..... I would not pay the extra coin for the cryo-treatment.....

Akebono ProACT Ceramic Pads (Premium)

Power Slot Power Alloy Rotor (Performance Street, Autocross/Track)
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After much research, and talking to my road-racing friends, I have had great luck going to TIRERACK.com, and purchasing this package. I have had this exact set up on my JEEP for the last 6 years, and LOVE IT!! I have recently installed the same package on my Bonneville, and it has worked excellent again..... I would not pay the extra coin for the cryo-treatment.....

Akebono ProACT Ceramic Pads (Premium)

Power Slot Power Alloy Rotor (Performance Street, Autocross/Track)
I'm actually using the Akebono Pro-ACT pads on the Bonneville and the Regal, and I have PowerSlot drilled rotors in the front, and I can attest to how great those rotors are having put 80k miles on them so far.
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Subs = 85 lbs Each
Box = 225 lbs
Amps = 40 lbs
Dyno Mat = 50 lbs
Batteries =150 lbs
635 lbs give or take a few pounds !!
Ouch! That'* a lot of weight! Do I even want to know what the hell kind of sub and box you have and how its even possible for you to remove it? What do you need, like 4 people or an engine lift? Lol! That'* 400 pounds in subs and box if you have 2 subs. I gotta see a picture of this.
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