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Old 02-13-2005, 11:28 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Edit: Or can I continue running on mycurrent pads (if they are still good)?
OEM rotors. A simple yes or no will do (unless there is something you think I definitely need to know).
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Well... it is always a good idea to replace the pads with a new rotor.. just due to the wear shape... IE.. if you are replacing for a warped rotor.. your pad is worn to that shape... or the shape of the rotor... when you put them on a new rotor.. they will dig into the rotor in an uneven place... just get new ones... and OEM rotors are fine unless your putting your car to the test all the time.. then its always a good thing to upgrade... Zimmerman makes great aftermarket rotors.. just an idea...

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New pads if you are changing rotors.
I'd do a full all around rotor and pad change, get some hawk HPS and stock rotors if you want to save a bit of cash but have some nice bite. These motha's will squeal like a bitch if you don't antisqueal them.
While your at it, bleed your brakes (or better: powerbleed them and change the fluid entirely) if you havn't done so in the last 50,000 miles. to remove the spongey-ness that tends to build up over time and after spirited driving. Rotor upgrades are great, but can cost some cash since you'l need new calipers and junk if you get a larger size. (however, if you just get crossdrilled\slotted at OEM size, it's all good)

Remember, if you change your pads yourself, you need to bed them in. Most mechanics do this for you so you don't go hauling ass to a stoplight and wonder why your brakes wen't hardly working after a semi T-bones you...


Rotors: You'll be fine wtih OEM, even with some spirited pads like hawk HPS. If you want a little more protection from fade and glazing you can go crossdrilled. Whatever you get, make sure your rotors are vented otherwise the heat will just build up and build up and build up...
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If you're replacing your rotors, definately get new pads.

I gotta do this soon, too.....
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oh yea.. gotta change both!!.. yup gotta change my brakes in a month!.. looking around... trying to get a good deal on Cross Drilled rotors and some nice pads..
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