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Buying brakes

Posted: Sun Jul 05, 2009 11:06 pm
by Acorus
I'm trying to buy new brakes, but Auto zone likes to give you the hard one. And Advanced Auto has lost my love a long time ago. So I'm looking at Rock Auto..

I think I've got it, I just need to replace my front two disk brakes, do these looks appropriate?

http://www.rockauto.com/catalog/raframecatalog.php


(You might have to click on the "Shopping Cart" tab to see what I've added to the cart)


Thanks for the input!

Posted: Mon Jul 06, 2009 6:10 am
by jT
clicking shopping cart isnt going to show us what you put into your shopping cart....

not to mention that your link is the generic link to get to the site's catalog.... you gotta tell us specifically which ones youre looking at......

not sure what problem you were having at autozone, but i got my pads from them...... rotors from advanced auto.....

Posted: Mon Jul 06, 2009 11:27 am
by sidepipe87
No. That looks like a list of car manufacturers. :thumbup:

Posted: Mon Jul 06, 2009 1:24 pm
by excon
Also, Rock Auto sells generic OEM replacement parts. No upgrades there from what I have seen.

Posted: Mon Jul 06, 2009 1:33 pm
by danman132x
I have the Duralast gold ceramic pads from autozone and they have been great so far (about a year) Lots of pad left, almost no dust.

Posted: Mon Jul 06, 2009 2:16 pm
by MoparFreek
I just bought Raybestos Professional Grade pads and Advanced Technology rotors from Rock Auto and even with shipping I saved money over buying from the local parts store.

Posted: Mon Jul 06, 2009 2:36 pm
by sidepipe87
danman132x wrote:I have the Duralast gold ceramic pads from autozone and they have been great so far (about a year) Lots of pad left, almost no dust.
+1 for me. I want to get slotted rotors, but I love the Duralast golds on stock rotors. No dust on the wheels now, but with my new more open wheels I seem to get dust on my sideskirts...

Posted: Mon Jul 06, 2009 3:22 pm
by Fuzzyneon
danman132x wrote:I have the Duralast gold ceramic pads from autozone and they have been great so far (about a year) Lots of pad left, almost no dust.
have the same ones and autozone rotors mine work great and have plenty of pad life

Posted: Mon Jul 06, 2009 3:53 pm
by Acorus
Sorry I thought I had my cart queued up. Eh.

I don't want upgrades, I just want to replace the old.

These are what I thought about:

BENDIX Part # MKD642 -- Brake pads.

RAYBESTOS Part # 76912R {Outside Diameter 10.115" / 5 Bolt Holes Professional Grade (See More Info Page for Rebates & Promotions!) -- Rotors.

Posted: Mon Jul 06, 2009 5:40 pm
by UriahRR
Threadjack because I like performance.

I'm also in need of brakes. Do you guys prefer drilled, slotted, or stock? I was looking at these http://www.cquence.net/dodge-neon-20002 ... 10898.html

Posted: Mon Jul 06, 2009 6:36 pm
by Wenuden
drilled/slotted is essentially just a show piece on these cars. stock discs and pads work just fine. only "upgrade" i'd make is a low-dust pad.

Posted: Mon Jul 06, 2009 7:15 pm
by UriahRR
I'm thinking either Hawk HPS or Duralast Gold pads. Which is better?

What is the best rotor?

Posted: Mon Jul 06, 2009 10:48 pm
by UriahRR
I think I'm going to go with Brembo rotors and Hawk HPS pads. All together like $165. Thread OP, def look into upgrading.

Posted: Mon Jul 06, 2009 10:50 pm
by racer12306
if it's a daily driver what is the need to upgrade. OEM replacement stuff is decent.

Posted: Mon Jul 06, 2009 10:51 pm
by ragek23
IF you are going to get hawks id get a cryo-treaded rotor cuz the pads are hard and eat away at the rotor quite quickly.

Posted: Mon Jul 06, 2009 11:13 pm
by UriahRR
ragek23 wrote:IF you are going to get hawks id get a cryo-treaded rotor cuz the pads are hard and eat away at the rotor quite quickly.
I thought the Duralast Gold CMAX's were harder than the Hawks. If not, should I get the Golds instead?

Posted: Tue Jul 07, 2009 1:09 am
by Acorus
Upgrading is sort of luxury, my neon is 4 colors, 98k on the clock with no a/c and crank windows. It's even a 5spd. I'm not worried about performance from my beater! I just want her to stop without squealing at everyone around her!

I wanted to mod her and make her fast one time. If I'd done that then I want some brake upgrades. But, for now, I just want her to quiet down. =D

I think tomorrow I'll just run by Auto zone and get some part numbers to cross reference.

Posted: Tue Jul 07, 2009 4:52 pm
by excon
excon wrote:
Stick with a solid rotor. Cross drilling decreases the structural integrity of the rotor and if you do any heavy braking the rotor could warp, crack, die, etc. you are also decreasing the surface area of the rotor and therefore braking distance is increased. As for the argument that cross drilling allows for rotor cooling? brake pads at one time (i believe in the 1940's and 1950's) released a certain gas and at that time cross drilling would have been good and prevented rotor glazing, but those types of pads are no longer used. Since the rotor is cross drilled it is cooled and therefore cannot absorb as much heat as a solid rotor and cracks easily from the heat.

whew... now slotted

you do not want a slotted rotor because you said you wanted as little dust as possible. Slotted rotors will stop you faster and disperse water in wet braking conditions; however, they will produce more dust. How? Every time you brake you will be putting your pads against a cheese grater. The slots do help the pad bite the rotor and will stop you, but you will have a little more dust and better braking.

I recommend keeping your solid rotors, or slotted only if you want that increased performance. If you brake gradually and easily you shouldn’t notice more dust. Power slot is a great brand. Hawk performance street pads are great. I have them and I'd recommend them.