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Old 04-20-2008, 12:31 PM   #31
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Andrew,
great posts as always.
I sold a lot of Bendix rotors in the past, and they were ALWAYS different and of noticeably better quality than the Chinese cheapies we also sold. If this is now what Bendix has become, then the last pair that I bought, will literally be the last pair.
Sad indeed.
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This is really impressive info that they are even responding to you at all. They are at least trying to keep up their customer service. Not a lot of companies would even take the time to respond. Interesting.
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very interesting indeed, i attribute the response to a well thougth out and point driven email as opposed to a random internet culture rambling
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Update:

Got my refund from Summit yesterday, so at least they're on the level.

Still waiting for the new parts from Bendix.
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UPS guy came late today, so another update.

Here'* what Bendix sent me, completely free of charge:
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The rotor boxes say "Made in USA" and mfg date 12/15/2006

These look to be the US-made rotor blanks one used to be able to get for $65, prettied up with slots and holes. I have no idea what the retail value of these rotors are, as I cannot find the "Street HP" for sale anywhere. I wonder, are these a "new" product, or a "discontinued" product?

On the one hand, I'm happy they sent their best stuff. On the other hand, I will not be able to test how well the new Bendix China-made stuff works.
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I'll be happy to drive over and we can swap my China made Bendix rotors for your Street HP rotors if it would make you fell better. Nice score, Andrew (although I wish now I would have done the same thing).
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Dude, that is like freakin' brake heaven

Shame you didnt get to abuse the cheapos :(
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thats awesome
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Bendix'* site lists the "Street HP" rotors and calipers available at Advance Auto. Checking the Advance Auto site, they show the same rotors you received initially and claim "Made in USA" and "Made in Canada". Price is 65.99. I didn't find the "Street HP" rotors though.
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I personally use Brembo OEM discs, and they are noticeably thicker than those Bendix rotors, and the casting in the vanes looked much better, too. I'm on my second set of pads with them, and I MIGHT have to turn them the next time I get new pads. The thickness of the disc surfaces will probably take turning another time after that, too.
Oh yeah, the statement that Brembo only makes brakes for performance cars is straight BS. They make discs for a wide variety of cars.
I installed the Brembo rotors and Hawk HPS pads last night, installation went easily. The Brembo rotors were Made in Mexico and don't appear to be as heavy as the Napa rotors they replaced. Weight of the Brembo rotors is about 16 pounds each. Broke in the pads according to Hawk'* directions Stopping is smooth but I won't be pushing them for the first 100 miles or so. Hopefully they are gentle on rotors as advertised.

On the old rotors (after about a year on the 95 SE) the discs were a discolored blue over most of the braking surface (except at edges). On our Porsche 968 with Zimmerman rotors the braking surface is universally bright, no blueing). As you can see in the photos, three of the four surfaces had the blue discoloration, while one looked normal. Is this due to dragging pads, or is it nothing to worry about? The old pads were barely worn. I wonder if they contributed to the warping of the rotors.

The rotors were barely worn as well, should they be turned or discarded? Must be the frugal side of the family that hates throwing away anything that looks almost new.





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