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post #1 of 51 Old 06-28-2010, 07:14 PM Thread Starter
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Bought a Trans Am.. need some rotors.

Dude that owned it before me didn't take all that good care of the vehicle having stored it much of it's life. As such I'm finding that I'm due asap for new rotors on all four wheels.

I'm considering drilled and slotted but I'm on a budget (under 350-400 w/ labor). Need some ideas from those who've experimented with the different kinds.

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just buy a new set of OE rotors with some hawk brake pads, and do the work yourself. it isnt that hard of a job.

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Auto Zone sells some FRONT p/n 55034 $44 each.

REAR p/n 55050 for $39 each. Duralast with 2 year warranty. So that's less than 165 bucks for the set plus tax and you still have 150-200 to get them installed if you don't want to do it yourself (but they're pretty easy to change).

Should get new brake pads while you're in there.

At this point, if you're getting someone else to do the work, you need to save all the bucks you can and right now, that means forgoing the fancy rotors and stick with the basics.

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have you ever bought duralast brakes?

i installed new duralast pads and rotors on my truck, they lasted a year and the rotors were chewed all the way through!

that was 6 years ago, i installed a new set from Napa with ferro-compound pads and i just now had to replace the pads and turn the rotors. 6 years and 50,000 miles was a lot better for new pads and a rotor turn than 1 year and 8,000 miles for new pads and new rotors...

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just keep in mind drilled and slotted rotors are really expensive (you would spend $300-400 on just the rotors) and they are one time only. once the pads wear down, you cannot resurface them.

the trick is in the brake pad for the longest pad and rotor life.

sticking with an OE comparable vented rotor with a good set of ceramic or ferro carbon pads will give you the best life and stopping power. EBC or Hawk would be the best to choose.

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From what I've heard about Drilled..they're mostly for show and can actually hinder braking performance..but slotted are good.



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Be careful about which company you buy the drilled rotors from. The cheap metal tends to warp.



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Don't bother with the drilled. I went with Power Slots when I did mine, but that was because I got a nice discount on them. A lot of guys liked the Brembo blanks, but you could do just fine with the nicer upgraded ones from Autozone or Napa or the like. Raybestos are fine.

As for pads, this is where you won't want to skimp (and what makes the difference). I've ran both Hawk and EBC. I prefer the Hawk. I even ran Hawk's on my Tahoe. The only negative to the performance pads are the dust, but I'm sure you'll be keeping it clean all the time.

And do the brake job yourself. It is SO easy on these cars. There are no hubs to pack, so it's just:
  1. take the cap off the brake master
  2. pull the wheels
  3. two bolts for the caliper
  4. slide the rotor off
  5. pull the pads & clip out
  6. press the piston back in the caliper by putting the old pad on the cylinder and using a C-clamp
  7. new clips and pads in caliper
  8. slide new rotor on
  9. bolt caliper back on
  10. bolt wheel back on
  11. add brake fluid if necessary and replace cap
  12. pump brake pedal until pedal is firm again (most important part!)

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4th gen OE rotors warp. A guy I know had brembos warp on him, too, after spending some coin on them. Cost isn't the only factor in brakes and no guarantees against warpage, but in this case cost seems to be a priority.

Autozone and Napa sells higher grade versions, but a significantly higher price, so I didn't recommend them. Duralasts have a 2 yr warranty while Napas comparable priced rotors only has 1 yr. Can't speak for trucks, but there's been several F-body folks that bought the Otterzone specials and have had no complaints.

He'll stay within budget if he gets rotors anywhere, not just Autozone, if he stays around 40 bucks per rotor and gets some decent pads. Of course, if Zabo does it himself (highly recommended), THEN spend the labor money saved on upgraded rotors.

Remember, you're spending other people's money, not your own. If I were doing it, I'd concur on springing for the extra bucks for quality stuff, but Zabo appears to be on a stricter budget. Buy the best quality you can afford.

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I agree. At first I thought that he could get away with rotors and Hawk pads for $100, but it appears that rotors are in the $40/ea range. The Hawk pads, IIRC, are around $50.

I honestly can't imagine the rears need done. Do we know how many miles are on this car?

EDIT: 30k miles.

With that low of miles, I would probably just pull the rotors and get them turned at any local hillbilly garage. I'd even consider keeping the pads if on a budget. I certainly wouldn't bother with the rears.

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