Brakes Wheels 2nd Gen Tires Rotors at same time as brakes?

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  1. Carve906

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    #1 Carve906, Aug 11, 2014
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    Does everyone on here change the rotors at the same time as the brakes or is this the dealerships way to get more money out of me? This is my daily driver and I don't get nearly enough spirited drives on the twisties these days...

    This brake change couldn't have come about at a worse time as we just bought a new house and I'm trying to do this one myself and save as much $$$ as possible (although I've had cheap pads before and regretted it!). Thoughts and opinions appreciated.

    Ps: I'd like to hear your preference on brake pads. Don't mind dust (it's not pretty, but yea); but I want as good of pads as the oem.
     
  2. Rawhyde

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    Measure the thickness of your rotors and compare to the minimum thickness. Most of us have found that the rotors are pretty thin by the time pads are needed.
     
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    The issue usually is that the rotors might have some life left but should be turned to clean them up for the new pads which even leaves less material. However, the old rotors will probably not last until the pads need to be replaced again so you will end up replacing the rotors sometime down the road before the pads need to be replaced again. Thus most just change the rotors with the pads.
     
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    #4 Dave.0, Aug 11, 2014
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    I would replace them both at the same time but I do not buy OEM "dealership" rotors because they are way overpriced. :rolleyes:
     
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    Ok I'll go agents the grain on this one. I have gone through two sets of Hauk pads on my car. I don't turn the rotors unless there are really bad. On the next change I will get new rotors.
    I find if I don't use my brakes the last longer. :D
     
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    I change out my rotors if they need it. I usually can get two sets of pads to one set of rotors. I am not the last of the great late braker's & don't set them on fire when I'm driving in a spirited manner be it track or back road drive.

    You really should look at your rotors closely. Are they grooved, have a lip on the edge? Measure the thickness too. Brakes are not a good place to save money.
     
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    I agree - I usually get two sets of pads to a set of rotors.

    I bought OEM pads till I got out of warranty, and tired of the black dust - now I use ceramics.

    I know a lot of people who are perfectly happy with Autozone Ceramic pads and rotors, that's what I used the last time too and I have absolutely no complaints - and no dust!

    But do not take a chance, if you have more than 60K on your rotors, replace them.
     
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    How the rotors wear really depends on what pads and rotors are used. The OEM pads seem to be very soft and wear quickly compared to the rotors. My track pads eat my rotors for lunch. So as all have suggested, check the rotor thickness and compare amount of wear to miles driven with pads to estimate if the rotors will last through another set of similar pads.
     
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    I did not change my rotors every brake job because I was using EBC Reds and they kept falling apart. (3 times front / 1 rear) :rolleyes:

    At 60 k (last Spring pre Dragon) I replaced all pads and rotors and upgraded to R56 brakes.
     
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    This is very true. A track pad will chew through a rotor pretty darned quick. :yesnod:
     
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    Much of it depends on the pads used....
    OEM pads seem to have a bit of Steel wool (a common additive in lower priced pads)..results in TONS of black dust...and a bit more rotor wear...
    I have a set of Akeebonoo pads (said to be the same as CAR-Quest brand Ceramics...marking are the SAME side by side)sitting on the shelf...will be used with a set of Centric rotors (high carbon ones..a SLIGHT upgrade) in a couple days...pads IMO are ok to mail order...rotors...unless you get free shipping..get them local...
    My opinion...
    toss the new rotors on...if you buy a $75 set of pads...and the rotors you cheaped out on by reusing warp...you SHOULD buy new PADS for....so by going cheap..might cost you more...
     
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    Very good insight and opinions here once again. Thank you everyone. The rotors look petty well used, so I'll be replacing.

    Is there a good "how-to" for rear r56 brake change? (I use my ios devices for internet and can't get the search feature to cooperate it seems). It's been a while since I've done the pad swap.
     
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    If my rotors measure well or I'm changing pads before they are worn out. I run my orbital sander over them to clean them up and smooth the out surface.
     

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