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Old 10-03-2014, 10:10 AM
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New Breaks and Rotors, Recommendations?

I have less than 3mm on my brake pads. I took it to a dealer (had an extended warranty through them) and they checked them for me. They advised resurfacing rotors and replacing brake pads. I want to do this myself because I've heard it is pretty simple and just something else I can cross of my DIY list.

Any recommendations as far as brands/models go? I think I will just buy new rotors instead of resurfacing them. I believe I have 2 disc brakes in the front and 2 drum brakes in the rear. Any tips or things to look out for?

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Highly recommend Centric Rotors and Black Magic Brake pads. A little more cost, but they are a huge improvement to the TJ's brakes. Home Page

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x2. If you go this route, it is critical you follow the bedding/break in process exactly...
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As mentioned, Black Magic.
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Fair enough, I will order some over the weekend. Thanks for the help guys!
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Reviving this thread for clarification on why these costly rotors are different than a factory replacement? I am in need of new pads and figured I'll go the best/most highly recommended route but cant find any real reasons to spend the extra $ on these... anyone?
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Reviving this thread for clarification on why these costly rotors are different than a factory replacement? I am in need of new pads and figured I'll go the best/most highly recommended route but cant find any real reasons to spend the extra $ on these... anyone?
Cheapo rotors are known for crappy and inconsistent quality. Even factory TJ rotors are well known for their warping issues. If you get good quality rotors, you can reduce the risk of warpage.
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once you break them in, you'll have your reason you spent the extra cash
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Old 11-03-2014, 10:49 AM   #9
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Reviving this thread for clarification on why these costly rotors are different than a factory replacement? I am in need of new pads and figured I'll go the best/most highly recommended route but cant find any real reasons to spend the extra $ on these... anyone?
They are factory replacements which means they fit in the same spot as the factory versions do. If you mean why are they better than OEM rotors from the dealer, then I don't know that they are but I don't think you've priced the rotors from the dealer that aren't their value line option lately if you think the Centric stuff is high.

There is a lot of crap out there now and I haven't had time to test all of it so I recommend and use the Centric stuff purely from a value and quality stand-point and I can predict performance to always be on the higher side.

They are a great quality product at a good price point with a very high level of consistency. They are not the be all end all rotor solution and aren't priced that way. Nor are they a entry level product that you toss in with a set of pads to get someone out the door for 70 bucks.

Another way to look at it depends on how you use your brakes. If you work them hard at the limit of what they can do on a regular basis like traveling up and down a mountain, they will hang in there with you without an issue.

If you are a gentle soul who starts braking 2 miles back and coasts up to every stop, you won't ever know the difference and the difference in price isn't justified.
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Cheapo rotors are known for crappy and inconsistent quality. Even factory TJ rotors are well known for their warping issues. If you get good quality rotors, you can reduce the risk of warpage.
We don't "warp" them. What does happen with the cheap stuff is it will heat crack between the vanes, badly.
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There is a lot of crap out there now and I haven't had time to test all of it so I recommend and use the Centric stuff purely from a value and quality stand-point and I can predict performance to always be on the higher side.

Any experience with the DBA rotors?

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