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Old 03-24-2012, 10:30 AM
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Replacing Rotors and Pads on a budget?

My WK is nearing the 75k mile mark and its time to replace/upgrade a couple braking parts. My #1 priority is to replace OEM brake rotors and pads with better than OEM parts. I've done some searching around and looked at R1, Stoptech and EBC. I have a budget of $480 - $550. I do not want to replace any thing else in this replacement/upgrade. I would be happy with my new rotors and pads being in the better than OEM category. I was looking at an EBC combo of rotors and brakes. The rotors are not drilled or slotted and the pads are according to my research slightly better than OEM, especially since I do tow a trailer behind my WK every now and then. Also since I deal with rush hour morning and evening traffic, I feel that I would be better suited to a set of pads that can handle that kind of abuse.

EBC Rotors - http://www.summitracing.com/parts/EBC-UPR7285/
http://www.summitracing.com/parts/EBC-UPR7286/
EBC Brake Pads - http://www.summitracing.com/parts/EBC-DP61732/
http://www.summitracing.com/parts/EBC-DP61745/

I can get these from linked website or O'Reilly Auto Parts locally via special order. I have a good mechanic friend that will do the labor for cheap. Any other suggestions in my budget?
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Old 03-24-2012, 12:50 PM
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you can replace them yourself, they are super easy. there are a few how to threads on here that deal with brake pad replacement
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Re: Replacing Rotors and Pads on a budget?

Only 1 reply and it wasn't very insightful! Come on, I'm sure there's a wealth of knowledge on here!
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Old 03-25-2012, 04:51 PM
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Re: Replacing Rotors and Pads on a budget?

I recommend the R1 rotors...and they offer a great deal to members. They have oem replacements to high performance. I also recommend the bendix titaniums and wagner thermoquiets. They are cheap at any auto parts stores
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Re: Replacing Rotors and Pads on a budget?

What is there as far as brake upgrades also? Not to thread jack. Would be somewhat relevant!
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Re: Replacing Rotors and Pads on a budget?

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My WK is nearing the 75k mile mark and its time to replace/upgrade a couple braking parts. My #1 priority is to replace OEM brake rotors and pads with better than OEM parts. I've done some searching around and looked at R1, Stoptech and EBC. I have a budget of $480 - $550. I do not want to replace any thing else in this replacement/upgrade. I would be happy with my new rotors and pads being in the better than OEM category. I was looking at an EBC combo of rotors and brakes. The rotors are not drilled or slotted and the pads are according to my research slightly better than OEM, especially since I do tow a trailer behind my WK every now and then. Also since I deal with rush hour morning and evening traffic, I feel that I would be better suited to a set of pads that can handle that kind of abuse.......... Any other suggestions in my budget?
I just did the rear rotors and pads for ~$150 (@ 78.8K miles). Used Raybestos Advanced Technology grade from Rock Auto. Raybestos comes (from cheapest to best) in Service Grade, Professional Grade, and Advanced Technology Grade. Change has restored rear braking power again. Seems like good value for the money.

My rear brakes were worn much more than the fronts (traction control & all that stuff). Will do front brakes later in Spring and use Raybestos Advanced Technology also.

Hardest part is getting the rotors off as they rust in place behind the rotor face plate and there isn't a great point to pry against without bending/breaking something.

I think the most successful thing I did was apply PB Blaster (..or Liquid Wrench) sparingly to the area around the axle stub shaft and at each of the wheel studs. I did this several times, wiping away the excess runoff. Just enough to get inside the holes. Then I let is soak for a week while I drove around. A dead blow hammer and a BFH (10-lb sledge or equivalent) with a block of wood also helps. Don't forget to remove the assembly line o-ring. I will try same approach for the fronts when I am ready.
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Re: Replacing Rotors and Pads on a budget?

I'm going through this for the third time on what is now my son's 04 Exploder. After warping the originals in two years I put in a set of OEM replacements, and they lasted about two years. The third set was high-end slotted and drilled, I forget the manufacturer, about $100 each, and they lasted 4 years. O'Reilly sells three brands, and the top end are Bosch QuietCast with a lifetime warranty, about $85 per wheel. And they are normally in stock and some of the stores have lathes to turn and test them.
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Re: Replacing Rotors and Pads on a budget?

I just bought some R1 premium rotors and Thermoquiets pads for under $500 shipped...pads from advencedautoparts.com and the rotors from out vendor on here...super stoked they go on next weekend.

Here is a thread with some relevant info...also great install how-to on JG

http://jeepgarage.org/showthread.php?t=31389
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Re: Replacing Rotors and Pads on a budget?

I'm looking at getting some drilled rotors from R1. Out of curiosity, what kind of discount do we get on them?
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Re: Replacing Rotors and Pads on a budget?

Not much to add but I'd do ceramic pads if you hate brake dust like I do.
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Re: Replacing Rotors and Pads on a budget?

Thanks to Steve over @ R1 Concepts for helping me place my order. I ended up getting their Premium-Series Double Drilled & Diamond Slotted Brake Rotors and PosiQuiet Ceramic Pads for all 4 corners of my WK.
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you will not be disappointed in R1's stuff!
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