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OK y'all,

I have had it with the crummy stock brakes. I am gonna get new front rotors and pads. I have read alot over the past couple years about drilled rotors, slotted rotors, and drilled and slotted rotors. I am looking ofr input into a good rotor pad combo.

I drive alot of offroad, but little to no mud. I have seen pros and cons voiced over drilled rotors vs slotted rotors. I am totally anti Bling.

I want the best performing pad rotor combo for my use. Good stopping and long life are my main concern. Please let me know what might be a good setup and where I can get a good price.

Thanks in advance.
 

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I have swapped mine to the slotted drilled rotors from rototech, but I'm not sure how well they stand up to off road'n. Street wise they're great so far. As far as pads go I would suggest heavy duty or street hawk pads. http://www.jegs.com will get them to you fast. Not to mention it'll cut down on the brake dust. this brake rotor and pad combo runs less than $200
 

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I've got the same ones that rock does as far as rotors go and they do very well. However, I don't take the D off the beaten path like I do the Jeep, so I don't know how well they'd handle the mud. Supposedly, the drilled rotors tend to trap the mud. Best bet for off-road purposes would be simply slotted rotors.
 

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I second (or third) the Hawk HPS pads. They are great so far. The Power Stop rotors I bought were 31 pounds for shipping. They are very thick, thicker than the OEM rotors. The cross drilled holes are chamfered so they don't create any heat or stress points.

http://www.powerstoprotors.com/

Here is a quote from that website (above)
Some people prefer slotted rotors because of problems that came about when cross drilled rotors first came to market. At that time, quite frequently the holes were drilled too large, penetrated the cooling vanes, and were not radiused or chamfered. The end result was that the rotor lost its structural integrity and tended to crack, so slotted rotors were developed. Today, we rarely experience problem with cross drilled rotors unless they are subjected to extreme abuse, such as in competition. They do help dissipate the hot gasses, but not to the same degree as cross drilled, usually lowering operating temperatures about 100 degrees. They also tend to wear brake pads quicker because the slots act like a razor blade each time they go by. We always recommend cross drilled unless you are particularly concerned with structural integrity.
http://store.summitracing.com/default.asp?target=egnsearch.asp&N=400328+-140357&autoview=sku
 

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Jeff:

The Hawk pads are the way to go as most will agree to that. Now as for the rotors, for what you want to do, and actually from all that I've read, the solid rotors are the best way to go, but a thicker one would be better. If you convert to a larger diameter rotor, that would be better yet.
 

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unfortunately, I cannot do larger rotors with the 16" wheels, and I dont want install pimp style large diameter wheels.

I think that slotted or drilled/slotted rotors are much much better that solid rotors.

Based on what I am reading, the slotted may be better than drilled/slotted. I do have concerns over small rocks or pebbles getting caught in the drilled rotor holes.

According to DurangoKid, the slots hold mud better than the drilled holes, but I am not too worried about mud here in AZ. We do have mud from time to time, but it is not too plentiful.
 

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They also tend to wear brake pads quicker because the slots act like a razor blade each time they go by.

I've heard that from more than one source about the slotted. When ya think about it, it makes perfect sense. Jeff, you can get the bigger wheels, just get beefy tires for em, not the rubber band tires.
 

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Good catch Ugg,

I think I will go with the crossdrilled rotors and take my chances with offroading crap.
 

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Ugg said:
They also tend to wear brake pads quicker because the slots act like a razor blade each time they go by.
The pad mfgrs. must love that!
 

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just get some ceramic or carbon metallic pads and you will have very good stopping power.
 

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I think I am going with power stop rotors and hawk pads.
 

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Power stop and Hawk HPS pads work great together, thats the same combo I'm using. I'd seen the Wombat article during my research as well.
 
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