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Old 04-29-2012, 02:26 PM
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I have a 06 Dodge Ram 1500 Sport Quadrant cab 4x4 hemi with 275/60/20 on it ive been reading that those big rims that come stock are notorious for warping stock rotors or low quality. Ive seen it been recommended to get slotted/cross drilled rotors to take the abuse. Any ones advice on direction would be awesome. I found a brand of Raybesto Advanced technology slotted and drilled rotors for$74 a rotor. At Naps a regular "premium" rotors are $50-80 a rotor. Heavy duty or drilled rotors there run $115-140 a rotors... I do mostly commuting to and from work high and back roads and id like something with a good response and can take the abuse. I'm not hard on the truck but odd like the extra strength longevity. Help of any kind would be awesome!
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If i remember the thread right slotted brakemotive breaks are pretty popular and easy on the check book.

Somethinkg like 225$ for rotors and pads for all 4 corners? Its an ebay seller and just slam out wicked deals. I have no personal experience with them but a few forum members are running them and have nothing bad to say about them
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If you do a little research on autocross forums here and there, most people experience a higher failure rate with slotted/cross drilled rotors. If I remember correctly, It was because they are structurally weaker, and the heat dissipation is negligible with the modifications, and they cannot withstand the abuse. As far as street use, I think they were deemed safe, but in abusive situations, most were shying away from them. Just food for thought.

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Cross drilled rotors have always had issues, the corners created by the cross drilling have always been the weak point, especially when heat cycled and these are the crack propagation start points. A set of dimpled/slotted rotors won't have the crack issues that a cross drilled rotor will.

If you're looking to save money, then the Raybestos pads/rotors are a good bargain. If you're looking for an upgrade over stock then look at EBC or Hawk pads/rotors. I personally have been running the EBC sport rotors and greenstuff pads for 2 years now with track passes, auto cross events, daily driving, and general abuse and they're holding up great with no rotor cracks or warps.
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I purchased my Drilled & Slotted Rotors from Summit Racing (Summit House Brand) and bought the Ceramic pads from O'Reilly (Brake Best Select). Rotors were $63ea and the brakes were $99.56 for all four corners. Total for rotors and pads on all four corners was $290.42

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Correction: $353.36
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Thanks guy for your input I've been torn... I don't want to piss money away but I don't want to buy stock rotors thatll warp quick.... I have rEad. That cross drilled have issues. With cracking but how much or often does it happen... I've heard EBC are good but someone told me that the pads are of a material that causes rotors to wear quicker and fail sooner... Will slots or cross drilled holes last longer. Every company claims to be the best ... I may try Raybestos or EBC Napa wants too. Much for their rotors. Any one know the best place to purchase EBCs or Raybestos?
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Here's a good piece of info...

Drilled and slotted rotors do nothing performance-wise. Like throttlebody spacers, they are a hold over from old technology. The new materials used in our brake pads no longer off-gas at high temperatures, so the concept of channelling these gasses away from the rotor surface is redundant as there is no off gasses to channel. Cross-drilled rotors have known cracking issues as they creat a thermal stress point at the corner of each hole and this is where cracks begin to form. Drilled/dimpled and slotted rotors are purely an aesthetic mod and don't increase performance. The only thing that will boost break performance is either larger rotors, more pistons in a caliper, and to a lesser extent better pads.

There are several types of EBC pads, the Greenstuff are the 'general-heavy duty' street pads and do improve braking power. I have had zero issues with causing heat issues on my rotors with them. The redstuff and yellow stuff pads are more for race applications, but most drag cars go with race-only pads and believe the EBC pads are for street use only, which is true.

If you want a good performing rotor, go with a solid rotor, none of this slotted/drilled stuff, as the solid rotor has more surface area that will allow heat to transfer to/radiate from.

I got my EBCs from AutoAnything and it was the best price I could get them at, that's with the shipping to canada too, at least you should qualify for free shipping.
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What arE you running for rotors?
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