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Noraku_6.0L said:
The price looks offly tempting, but I don't want to end up with warped or cracked rotors just because I wasn't willing to pay 1K for a brand name set.

If not can someone refer me to a reasonably price set?

http://www.wholesaledirectparts.com...1-87-28-139-135-47-141-20-48-170-206-70-69-51
Sometimes you get exactly what you pay for. The buyer should be ware when the price gets too low. The highest quality brake rotors for stock calipers I am aware of are made by http://www.dba.com.au/default.asp the 4000 slotted would be my suggestion. Check around for cost. They have an office in CA. My First GTO a.k.a. may be a dealer for them now.
 

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I haven't seen those ones before. How come they have ten holes drilled in the front rotors? We only got five wheel studs.

Is it something like those ricer wheels that are factory drilled to fit two different cars, so they use four lug nuts and drive around with four holes in their rims?

$226 is pretty low.

They might be some super sleeper awesome rotor, but I would be suprised.
 

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I'm sorry but there is no way that a replacement rotor should cost over $150. This is the one thing (ok, maybe there's more than only one) that pisses me off about the GTO. C5 Corvettes can get replacement rotors from NAPA for $25. Why should there not be an inexpensive rotor for the GTO? Before you go saying that the NAPA rotors are crap, keep in mind that the T1 guys use them. At that price, they're practically disposable for them. On the street, they last just as long as the stock rotors.

Someone please find a decently priced (<$75) replacement rotor before mine need to be replaced.
 

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I'm sorry but there is no way that a replacement rotor should cost over $150. This is the one thing (ok, maybe there's more than only one) that pisses me off about the GTO. C5 Corvettes can get replacement rotors from NAPA for $25. Why should there not be an inexpensive rotor for the GTO? Before you go saying that the NAPA rotors are crap, keep in mind that the T1 guys use them. At that price, they're practically disposable for them. On the street, they last just as long as the stock rotors.

Someone please find a decently priced (<$75) replacement rotor before mine need to be replaced.
Because they can?
 

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Someone please find a decently priced (<$75) replacement rotor before mine need to be replaced.

I got six takeoff 2004 GTO rotors for $75, 2 pairs front and one pair rear. Shipping for all six was over $150 though. Keep an eye on the suspension section for users with low miles putting on aftermarket brakes.
 

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If your paying $25 for a replacement rotor, 1) you don't care about performace or quality, and 2) you just bought saftey equipment for your car that was made in China, for around $5 including shipping.

Just so you know. A quality steel blank casting will cost more than $25 if its made with decent steel. Yes Autozone and other discount parts stores sell cheap rotors, they are all made in china. They will warp and check under load and are made with mild steel.

Get the DBA rotors and be done with it, in the end the money you spend will save you when you can turn them and get another 40K miles on them.
 

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some of you guys are waaay to anal about this stuff. joe blow GTO owner witha a cat back and a CAI dosent need 3,000 worth of brake or need to spend $200 for a rotor


and the rotors in teh first post are Bendix which are OEM or better
 

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Go to Napa or O'Riley and look at the cheap Bendix rotors.

Flip over the box and read the words MADE IN CHINA. Just cause Bendix puts their name on it doesn't mean its quality. Raybestos does this also. That way they can compete with the discound parts suppliers.

If you happen to look at the higher quality Raybestos or Bendix rotors, the ones that say severe duty use, they are made elsewhere and are better quality steel.

Over the last 2 years I have replaced rotors on other people's cars that have used the cheap rotors. But they replace them every year, one guy with a jeep finally took my advice and put Raybestos Severe Duty rotors on the Jeep with Performance Friction pads, 14 months later still going strong.
 

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Napalm said:
Go to Napa or O'Riley and look at the cheap Bendix rotors.

Flip over the box and read the words MADE IN CHINA. Just cause Bendix puts their name on it doesn't mean its quality. Raybestos does this also. That way they can compete with the discound parts suppliers.

If you happen to look at the higher quality Raybestos or Bendix rotors, the ones that say severe duty use, they are made elsewhere and are better quality steel.

Over the last 2 years I have replaced rotors on other people's cars that have used the cheap rotors. But they replace them every year, one guy with a jeep finally took my advice and put Raybestos Severe Duty rotors on the Jeep with Performance Friction pads, 14 months later still going strong.
Remember that old Fram ad -- Pay me now or pay me later.
 

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If a $25 rotor lasts a year and a $200 rotor lasts 3 years (doubtful) which is less expensive in the long run? I could replace the cheap ones 2-3 times a year if I had to before spending $600-800 on rotors.

What does Chris Brannon use for rotors?
 

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If your paying $25 for a replacement rotor, 1) you don't care about performace or quality, and 2) you just bought saftey equipment for your car that was made in China, for around $5 including shipping.

How about the $100 a set C5 rotors at Rock Auto? They're made in Canada. Is that better for you?

It's a hunk of iron that is used to dissipate heat. If it's cheap enough that you can replace it every few track days, what's the big deal?

Read this thread if you don't believe me. The discussion is related to this one on Page 2.
 

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If a $25 rotor lasts a year and a $200 rotor lasts 3 years (doubtful) which is less expensive in the long run? I could replace the cheap ones 2-3 times a year if I had to before spending $600-800 on rotors.

What does Chris Brannon use for rotors?
OE rotors, no upgrades allowed in T2. They do allow you to use aftermarket pads though.
 

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How about the $100 a set C5 rotors at Rock Auto? They're made in Canada. Is that better for you?

It's a hunk of iron that is used to dissipate heat. If it's cheap enough that you can replace it every few track days, what's the big deal?

Read this thread if you don't believe me. The discussion is related to this one on Page 2.
Take a close look at the rotors you are talking about and buying. The faces on a Brand x rotor may be .13mm thick while the faces on a brand z rotor may be 10mm thick. Every day driving may never show the difference. Make a couple of spirited runs at an autocross or panic stops and the thinner rotors will not be the same. Metallurgy will also make a difference in how the rotor transfer and dissipates heat. There are many factor aside from price. You really have to take a good hard look at the part and evaluate it to the best of your ability.

This is no different that any other commodity item. Some people really can tell the difference between $6 red wine and $60 red wine while other people are taste indifferent or label snobs. So is red wine a commodity purchase or not?

I have been through the factory and three big brake kits. The brakes were made by some very reputable name brand companies. Only one of the four has held up. I am now at about 10k with 100+ on track laps on the same rotors and pads. The front pads will be changed tomorrow for no other reason that I am a maintenance freak. The rotors are fine. In my 'testing' and evaluation there is a difference between rotors, calipers and pads.

Which rotor should you buy? IMHO, the one with the best metallurgy, the thickest faces with the best cooling vent system at the most reasonable price for comparable quality. Have fun 'testing' and evaluating.
 

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When racing my T1 Z06 Corvette and my T2 Firebird (3 1/2 years), I tried GM rotors, the cheaper "Canadian" built rotors and cryo freezing both. To be honest the Canadian $25 ones lasted just as long. That is what all of us ran. All of them got stress cracks from track use. There was no way around that. I can't imagine them not working for you guys on the street.

As far as the China made ones.................I would pass on them. I have seen them come apart tearing up the caliper, wheels....etc.

The past two years, I have been running the high dollar GM rotors on the GTO because I didn't know there was an option. The 05 GTO has been so easy on brakes anyway. Though I haven't yet, I would try the Canadian rotors without worry.

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Chris
 
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