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Old 08-24-2006, 11:58 AM   #1
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Question Questions about upgrading my rotors and pads

to start this is what i'm working with...

17" motegi MR7 6 spoke wheels during the summer and stock suby 16" rims in the winter... on a 2002 WRX

i have never done brake work and i have a limited knowledge of the 2002 wrx set up....

i have read the info under the sticky at the top and my searches keep coming up with "for sale" threads and stuff .... i had some bent rims and i think it contributed to my "warped" rotors.... in either case i wanted to upgrade my brakes now that i'm getting into power mods...so...

the questions...

1) for a daily driver that sees some "spirited" driving here and there, is it worth getting drilled-slotted rotors?....or just slotted? or stick with plain rotors?

2) what are good replacements combos for the OEM rotors and pads

3) i'm clueless as to what to buy, i have seen deals on ebay but i would really like to know what you guys recommend before i go ebay or something...


thanks, Rudy
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Old 08-24-2006, 12:21 PM   #2
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0) use the 'Search in Forum(s)' selection box on the RHS of the search form to limit it to just the Technical -> Brakes, Steering, and Suspension forum

1) plain is fine, slotting isn't really necessary, and cross-drilling is generally bad as it lowers the heat capacity and adds stress points

2) & 3) Carbotech, Axxis, Hawk, EBC are all popular pad brands... just make sure you choose a 'street' pad not a 'race' pad because race pads won't stop well from cold. Some are more dusty than others if that's an issue for you. Brembo 'blank' rotors are often recommended but I haven't tried them myself - OTOH I know people who swear by cheap no-name Chinese rotors. If you follow step (0) you will find plenty more opinions. Personally I would look for deals in the NASIOC vendor forum before resorting to ebay.
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Old 08-24-2006, 12:31 PM   #3
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0) use the 'Search in Forum(s)' selection box on the RHS of the search form to limit it to just the Technical -> Brakes, Steering, and Suspension forum

1) plain is fine, slotting isn't really necessary, and cross-drilling is generally bad as it lowers the heat capacity and adds stress points

2) & 3) Carbotech, Axxis, Hawk, EBC are all popular pad brands... just make sure you choose a 'street' pad not a 'race' pad because race pads won't stop well from cold. Some are more dusty than others if that's an issue for you. Brembo 'blank' rotors are often recommended but I haven't tried them myself - OTOH I know people who swear by cheap no-name Chinese rotors. If you follow step (0) you will find plenty more opinions. Personally I would look for deals in the NASIOC vendor forum before resorting to ebay.

thanks.. i will be looking in the vender forum ... i'm going to try and search again...
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Old 08-24-2006, 12:53 PM   #4
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For street only use, get the rotor finish that pleases your eye more than anything. If you arent exceeding 1000 degrees F on a regular basis (which I highly doubt you are), a quality drilled rotor will not have any cracking issues and will even add a little extra initial bite to the system. 90+% of people buying slotted or drilled rotors do it for the appearance benefit which is just fine. The pads and lines will have a far greater impact on braking performance than the rotors on a street only car so focus on those and get the rotors that you like the look of best (as long as they are quality parts).

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Old 08-24-2006, 07:05 PM   #5
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I got the powerslot/hawk hps combo from cvrmotorsports. With that and the new brake lines, I'd have to say I'm very happy.
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