Different Types of Brake Rotors:
OEM Brake Rotors
OE (Original Equipment) brake rotors are available with a traditional smooth rotor surface. Generally, they offer the same amount of performance and braking power as the vehicle’s original brake rotors. The one major advantage OE rotors have when comparted to others is price, with OE consistently being the least expensive rotor on the market.
Drilled rotors offer greater performance than factory equipment. Holes in the rotor allow for brake pads to degas during use, as well as keeping the brake rotor itself at a lower temperature. A lower temperature brake rotor will perform better during high-heat situations by reducing brake fade. Beveled and straight-through drills holes perform at the same level, but straight-through drill holes are more susceptible cracking, while beveled holes offer greater durability.
Now we’re starting to cook with fire. Slotted rotors offer the structural integrity of factory rotors, and greater performance than drilled-through rotors. The slots in the surface of the rotor allow for dust and dirt to be wiped away during performance. Clearing the rotor face of debris allows for consistent contact between the rotor and brake pad, which means greater stopping power.
Drilled and Slotted Rotors
Drilled and slotted rotors offer the benefits of through-drilling (improved heat dissipation) and slotting (clearing the rotor face of debris). As with any drilled-through rotor it’s important to look for beveled drill holes, and not straight-through drill holes. Beveling the drill holes offers much more structural integrity than straight-through holes.
Dimpled and Slotted Rotors
If we started cooking with fire at slotted rotors, now we’re actually just cooking fire (How’s that possible? No idea). Dimpled and slotted rotors offer all the benefits of drilled and slotted rotors, but are just as structurally sound as the OE rotor. That kind of sounds like the best of both worlds. Dimples are small drill holes in the rotor face that do not go all the way through, but still allow for improved cooling of the brake pads. Dimpled and slotted rotors deliver maximum performance coupled with excellent durability. And who every said you couldn’t have it all?
Tips for Brake Rotor Installation:
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