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Unread 07-16-2009, 12:16 PM   #1
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Are all rotors created eqaul?

Looking to do my first brake job on my 95 wrangler after Mr. Tire quoted me $1,000. My question is when I buy rotors online should Ijust shop for cheapest or are some better then other?

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Unread 07-16-2009, 12:26 PM   #2
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$1,000 bucks are they out of there mind?!?!!??!you could do an entire brake job on 3 jeeps for that. Brakes are super easy to do. Drum brakes on the rear are the biggest pain. But you could get new rotors new calipers and all new brake lines for all that. he funny thing is it is so very very easy to do. Rotors run the most in my search I need to do this soon as well. If money is no object go for the top line parts but in general rotors are about 50 surprising is the calipers are less. You could do the job with minimum experience and not many special tools or even space. If you have a buddy that is sort of mechanical you could do it in less than a few hours. either way I wish you luck and please just take a look on doing it yourself it is not that intimidating and the folks here can answer ALL your questions if you need it.
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Unread 07-16-2009, 12:31 PM   #3
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Front disc brakes are one of the easiest things you can do on your Jeep. Great learning experience. For $1,000 that brake job better come w/ a half naked busty blonde and a life time supply of Beam Black
Just do one side at a time, so if you forget how it went together you'll have a reference.Good luck
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Unread 07-16-2009, 12:31 PM   #4
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Go to Napa... Some of the best, cheapest rotors available IMO...
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Unread 07-16-2009, 12:36 PM   #5
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I think Autozone has some for $20 a piece. That was the price when I replaced mine several years ago.

$1000 bucks. Sounds like they want to rebuild the whole front end.

Parts cost:

Pads=$20
Shoes=$23
Rotors=$40
Drums=$70 (not sure on this one, I haven't replaced my drums).

Either way, thats only $153. Thats a rough estimate to give you an idea.
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Unread 07-16-2009, 01:22 PM   #6
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What they said, 1K is a lot of green I can think of a lot better things to do with it.
Buy tools comes to mind.

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Unread 07-16-2009, 01:27 PM   #7
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Brakes are easy, just read up how to do them and save your self hundreds and maybe make a few bucks doing friends cars
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Unread 07-16-2009, 01:41 PM   #8
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The rear drum brakes are not bad. Just do one side at a time.

After you do one set of drum brakes, you will never have trouble in the future servicing drum brakes.

One thing, spend the 20 bucks and buy a set of brake spring pliers, money well spent.
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Unread 07-16-2009, 03:41 PM   #9
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Actually there is a difference in rotors, mainly thickness. If you take a low cost rotor next to a premium rotor you will find the overall thickness is the same but the actual surface that the pad rides on & gets machined in future brake jobs should be (will be) thicker in the premium rotor. Surprisingly you do get what you pay for in rotors.
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Unread 07-16-2009, 04:34 PM   #10
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Yea I was wondering about this too... Autozone has rotors for about $20 with a 1yr warranty, and more for ones with 2yr and 3yrs. I always assumed the rotors were basically the same, you were just paying more for the warranty, but last time the staff told me that the 2 and 3yr ones are actually made better, and the 1yr ones are made of a softer steel.

Could it be? I figured with breaks there is only so cheep they can go and still have the car stop safely?
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Unread 07-16-2009, 04:37 PM   #11
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Yea I was wondering about this too... Autozone has rotors for about $20 with a 1yr warranty, and more for ones with 2yr and 3yrs. I always assumed the rotors were basically the same, you were just paying more for the warranty, but last time the staff told me that the 2 and 3yr ones are actually made better, and the 1yr ones are made of a softer steel.

Could it be? I figured with breaks there is only so cheep they can go and still have the car stop safely?
Well it's simple, go to the counter & ask for the same rotor in the different grades. Look at the thickness of the material on the rotor face & you SHOULD see a difference. Just remember that the overall thickness of both sides of the rotor & the cooling vanes will be the same, it is the actual material thickness per side that you are concerned with. The easiest way to do this is to lay the rotors flat on the counter & look from the side. Good luck & let us know how you do!
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Unread 07-16-2009, 04:43 PM   #12
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Could it be? I figured with breaks there is only so cheep they can go and still have the car stop safely?
You're correct. They have to stop the car safely. HOWEVER - how many times it does so is the question. Hence, the cheap $20 rotors will stop the car & be good for maybe 6 months, then they'll become warped & start to shudder and shake. Where as the 3yr warranty rotors will last much longer before you need to service them again.

As Fishwater2 said, "you do get what you pay for in rotors."

Good Luck!
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Unread 07-16-2009, 04:50 PM   #13
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i just did almost my whole system 2 weeks ago
1.rotors = $45.32
2.pads = $25.12
3.drums =$120.87
4.shoes = $18.65
5.front caliper's = $35
6.rear slaves = $22.45
7.Master Cylinder =$39.45
8.new stainless lines=$55.98
total = $349.95
thats for every thing in the system almost
got every thing at autozone.
DO NOT GET DURALAT ROTORS THAY ARE POS( thay were warped, and had 3 cracks in the cooling fins)
get Valucraft thay are $10 cheaper and much better
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