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    Registered Member One Ring
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    Brakes and Rotors

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    I read quite a few posts about brakes and rotors here and it seems that about half the people recommend replacing the rotors at each brake job and half think that it's a ploy to sell more rotors.

    Giving credit to both sides, what do people think about:

    1. If the rotors are as disposable as pads, why pay a lot of money to buy expensive pads. Wouldn't one want to get decent rotors but not expensive ones, since they are going to be thrown away at the next brake job, which happens fairly frequently with these B8s? It's not like a cheaper rotor is going to be made of rubber. They are still made to standards, right?

    2. Given above and Akebono ceramic pads, what would be a decent cheaper rotor?

    Thanks.

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    Veteran Member Four Rings Audibot's Avatar
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    You should also measure the remaining thickness to determine if you have adequate pad & disc life left. If either is at the limit, replace obviously. I would give myself .5 mm on the disc and 1 mm on the pad to be safe. But if you're in there anyway, might as well.

    Disc-wise, I've run EBCs, brakeperformance.com (which also gives an AZ discount), and, most recently, Centric High Carbon. I like the High Carbon discs--pretty inexpensive and made by a good company (Centric owns Stop Tech), but they are blanks, not drilled/slotted (if it makes a difference to you).

    Pad-wise, respectively to above, I've used RedStuff (dusted a lot for me for some reason), Hawk HPS (REALLY great life with expected dust), and Centric Posi-Quiet pads. All were quiet and gave good braking performance. The Hawks were probably the best and had a TON of life left when I sold them. However, I've read over the last couple months about Wearever Gold ceramic pads, and they are both dirt cheap and work amazingly, according to folks on here. Something to consider if you are not dead set on Akebono.
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    Veteran Member Four Rings jimrobbington's Avatar
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    Meyle rotors will be your cheapest best option for rotors. Can do all for corners with akebono pads for around $400.

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    I ended up ordering Akebono pads, Zimmerman rotors for the fronts and Meyle rotors for the rear. Total cost $400. I am utterly confused about one thing. I got Akebono EUR1322A for the fronts, because in almost all the sites I checked, including Akebono, it was listed for my car. But FcpEuro listed EUR1322 (without the A). When I asked about it, their response was:

    I've looked into your VIN and the reason that the these pads don't fit comes down to the rotor sizes. EUR1322A is for 320mm front rotors, your car has 345mm (the EUR1322 would fit). This is the same with the rear, EUR1018 is only for 300mm rotors, your car has 320mm
    My rotors are, in fact, 345mm for the front and 330mm for the rear. Does anyone know the specs on the EUR1322, EUR1322A, and EUR1018 from Akebono?

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    Registered Member One Ring
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    I'm looking at Stoptech Slotted rotors and Akebono pads. Best price I can find is on tirerack. These are the Part#'s on the site
    https://www.tirerack.com/brakes/brak...dClar=Prestige

    Front: EUR1322
    Rear: EUR1018

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    Veteran Member Three Rings
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    R1 concept rotors are cheap and work well. I did that with the advanced auto parts pads and works well.

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    Active Member Two Rings Jk79's Avatar
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    Stoptech Cryo slotted are great. Akebono Euro Ceramic pads. Virtually zero brake dust. Excellent stopping power and very smooth. $750 starting from scratch (all 4 corners, rotors and pads) then $100 for new pads every ~3 years. As long as you change the pads when needed a decent set of rotors should last for a long time (easily 60-70k miles)
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