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post #1 of 21 (permalink) Old 08-24-2011, 01:20 PM Thread Starter
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Does anyone know where I can get good cheap drilled or dimpled rotors and ceramic pads? My front rotors have warped at 60k miles but the pads are actually still in good shape. I'm looking for both rotors and pads for less than $100 with shipping. I do not want slotted rotors this is a daily driver and those would be overkill. They would really only wear the pads down faster.

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Just get some decent blanks. drilled does nothing to help performance.
brakes arent something i wouldnt go the cheap route on myself.
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Since I warped the rotors and still have almost half the pads left I want some rotors that are going to handle the heat better. Its not that I want cheap I just can't get myself to spend more than that on just the front. Its only a cobalt not a race car.
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fair enough, just putting my opinion out there.
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fair enough, just putting my opinion out there.
cross-drilled and slotted are a good idea (maybe not for stock engine) especially for someone like me (after I go boosted) because they help clear the brake dust from the rotor, as well as dissipate heat much better which helps a lot for those high speed "oh shit" stops and other stuff. So I would say if you're light on the brakes, blanks are fine but for any performance related car or boosted car, dimpled/slotted/cross-drilled rotors are a good investment.

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But I totally agree that you should NOT cheap out on brake components.

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I drive harder then the avg person which is probably why they warped. That's why I was thinking cross drilled not slotted. Know any good inexpensive ones?
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I drive harder then the avg person which is probably why they warped. That's why I was thinking cross drilled not slotted. Know any good inexpensive ones?
You won't find SAFE cross drilled and slotted rotors for under...maybe $180-$200ish if I'm not mistaken. Check the vendors on the site, a few of them have good rotors. I think EBC makes good cross drilled/slotted rotors and there are some other brands as well

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You won't find SAFE cross drilled and slotted rotors for under...maybe $180-$200ish if I'm not mistaken. Check the vendors on the site, a few of them have good rotors. I think EBC makes good cross drilled/slotted rotors and there are some other brands as well
What makes a rotor "safe"? Is there any spec or alloy? I don't want just anything off Ebay. I usually by cheap from Autozone or really good for my mopar's. I'm not really experienced in quality low budget for a Chevy
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What makes a rotor "safe"? Is there any spec or alloy? I don't want just anything off Ebay. I usually by cheap from Autozone or really good for my mopar's. I'm not really experienced in quality low budget for a Chevy
I mean SAFE as in made by a reputable company that takes the proper manufacturing procedures (and has the proper background in research) to justify selling their brake products. If you buy a "no-name" or knockoff brand, then good luck lol. Especially since brakes are a pretty critical part of a car's safety system.

If you DO go for the proper brakes from the proper, known companies then it will most likely cost you more than $100 shipped unfortunately.

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and there isn't really a "quality low-budget" item for the cobalt's brakes. You could go OEM (same as you have now) but if you ride the car hard they're going to warp again. If you do want slotted and dimpled or cross drilled it won't be cheap. I suggest either raising the budget (wait and save or just find money elsewhere) or just go with the OEM brakes again and try to be easier on them.

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Thanks, and here I thought parts for Chevy's were cheap. After the problems with this car I don't think I'll be buying another Chevy. Saved money upfront but really spending it down the line. I've also already replaced both front end links and control arm bushings twice.

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