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Old 02-16-2012, 03:55 AM   #1
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So its time to change the front rotors on my 02 ssei looked through some posts went to R1 concepts website cant decide on cross drilled or slotted or drilled and slotted rotors anyone have input on which ones are better or just stay with standard replacement rotors any input will help thanks
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Well, besides the obvious $100 difference for the high end models, its really dependant on your current and future setup of your SSEi.

Cross drilled rotors help "vent" the heat out of the rotors.
Slotted rotors are like high end wet season tires, they help shed water off the rotors.

Combind those 2 and you have a nice set of rotors. Really, its a matter of how fast you need to stop and the number of times you need to stop fast in a given time frame.

If you buy a set, pics are always welcome for drool material!
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Drilled rotors are unnecessary unless you are tracking your car. Normal rotors dissipate heat just fine for any kind of street use. Also, unless you're buying Brembo drilled rotors, the drilling adds stress points that can crack the rotor easier.

Slotted rotors will help shed the water off the rotor like Mike said, and they'll also provide a lot more "bite" than smooth rotors. Because of this, they'll also use up your pads a little quicker, but nothing too outrageous.

I got my last two sets of rotors from R1 Concepts. Smooth for the Bonne, and slotted for the truck since I tow and need the extra "oomph" that it gives me. My next purchase will be from www.brakeperformance.com because the offer the same products, but with lifetime warranties instead of one year.
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Alright thank you guys my car is completely stock I really like the look of crossed drilled but who dosent i found some brembo drilled ones on sale on tire rack i can be hard on the stoping sometimes plus i do a lot of rush hour driving one more question i forgot to in my post do i need to upgrade the brake pads if i do go with either slotted or drilled rotors
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You should upgrade your pads regardless if you upgrade your rotors. The OEM semi-metallic pads are garbage.

The Bonne just has a nice set of smooth rotors with some nice carbon pads and it'll stop on a dime! Carbon pads are better for heat too.

Rush hour traffic doesn't really put a lot of stress on your braking hardware as you never get up to speed, that'* harder on your engine/transmission.
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