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Old 03-07-2016, 08:29 AM
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Brake pad life vs Rotor life?

I have just shy of 60k on my GC. The pads look to have a decent bit of life left in them and the rotors are within spec. Over the last year it just seems that the braking force has reduced some. No changes in my driving habits or style. I have read elsewhere that other people have noticed this too. I don't need rotors now but will replace them if they won't last through another set of pads.
Before I go buying new brakes all around, I am going to try to simply resurface the existing pads and rotors. I do it all the time on the race bikes. It's a bit more involved on the car though. I had also considered just buying new (better) pads So, for those that may have walked this road before, here are some questions:
Do the rotors on these Jeeps outlast the pads?
Have you replaced only the pads?
Did you have to replace rotors due to their wear limits?

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I have just shy of 60k on my GC. The pads look to have a decent bit of life left in them and the rotors are within spec. Over the last year it just seems that the braking force has reduced some. No changes in my driving habits or style. I have read elsewhere that other people have noticed this too. I don't need rotors now but will replace them if they won't last through another set of pads.
Before I go buying new brakes all around, I am going to try to simply resurface the existing pads and rotors. I do it all the time on the race bikes. It's a bit more involved on the car though. I had also considered just buying new (better) pads So, for those that may have walked this road before, here are some questions:
Do the rotors on these Jeeps outlast the pads?
Have you replaced only the pads?
Did you have to replace rotors due to their wear limits?

TIA!
I haven't replaced brake pads/rotors in a while...
My past experience was 2 sets of pads to one rotor.
Scuff the rotor surface with a Roloc disc when installing the second set of pads to ensure the new pads seat properly.

Of course that was only if your rotors didn't have odd wear patterns.

Now-a-days, I think it's usually pads and rotors at the same time, if you are using OEM parts.

Personally, I'm looking to upgrade to the HD front brakes on my Laredo X with cryogenic treated rotors from Frozen Rotors (they are located here in the Twin Cities, so I'll just pay tax, no shipping) and a good set of aftermarket brake pads like Hawk.

Though I really can't complain much about my OEM front brakes so far (40k miles). I wasn't paying attention one day and was only about 2 car lengths from a stop sign at about 40mph. Stood on the brakes and it was like throwing out a boat anchor! Stopped just a hair after the stop sign.
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Re: Brake pad life vs Rotor life?

Yeah, most cars in todays world need pads and rotors at the same time. That's why I asked if anyone had the experience of replacing only the pads. I just hate doing things twice, but usually do I'm only about 1/2 way through the original pads.
Ultimately, I will probably just resurface the OEM pads and rotors first because it will cost me $0. If I'm still not happy then I'll just pony up for pads if the rotors are well within spec still. The pads are cheap compared to rotors.
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Re: Brake pad life vs Rotor life?

The good news is that a simple resurfacing of the pads and rotors has worked wonders. Will it last? Only time will tell but so far so good
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