Performance rotors, and brake pads
are one of the most important upgrades you can make for your vehicle. Performance
rotors that are cross-drilled
or slotted can reduce stopping
distances, and increase rotor and brake pad life. Today there are many different
performance rotor options available. Many companies now have so called performance
rotors to the uneducated buyer they can all look the same and be somewhat confusing.
Performance Rotors: manufacturing
So what sets one cross drilled
performance rotor or slotted rotor
apart from the next. It starts with the manufacturing process. It is critical that
quality iron be used in the production process and that the manufacturer meets all
of todays highest standards. It is also critical that the
rotors are properly milled balanced. The real production takes its first
steps in the foundry: here, from the initial casting of raw materials, the items
that will be sent for machining into the finished products, begin to take shape.
The materials are accurately selected at source, the machining is for the greater
part automated, the emission of polluting substances is contained well within the
required standards and the working environment is kept absolutely "clean",
under every aspect.
Unfortunately many companies today are offering so called
performance rotors that are nothing more than an economy line rotor or
low cost rotor with holes in it. This is both a disservice to the customer and dangerous.
Many of these companies proceed to ram holes through the rotor with total disregard
to the vein structure of the rotor, making the disc weaker and unsafe.
Performance Rotors: machining
The machining phase of the cross-drilled
or slotted performance rotor is
next. It is imperative that each rotor be analyzed, and that each rotors dimensions
and vein structure are taken into account before cross drilling or slotting a rotor.
Brakeworld.com utilizes todays latest technology when performing this task. All
cross-drilled rotors are
computer programmed by the rotor part number to eliminate human error. Each individual
rotor is drilled according to the part number and specifications of the rotor number.
Brakeworld.com is also unique in the fact that they offer customization for your
rotor, offering different chamfer sized according to your driving habits. Chamfering
the holes allows for a smooth surface on the rotor and will eliminate any extra
pad wear. Placing a smaller chamfer or no chamfer on the holes is ideal for racing,
but not for street use.
Plating Performance Rotors
Now to address the issue of plating a
performance rotor. Plating a rotor can be beneficial to the life of the
rotor if it is done correctly. Unfortunately most companies do not do this correctly,
when plating a rotor for performance reasons the only part we suggest plating is
the center hat or hub of the rotor. You will notice most companies will coat
the entire rotor; this is done for two reasons it initially looks flashy, and it
saves them time. The problem with doing this is that as soon as the customer installs
there new shiny plated rotor and puts on the brakes they start to scrape away all
the plating on the area of the disc that comes into contact with the brake pads.
Now the rotor looks anything but flashy. This is not the primary reason this is
a poor technique. The primary reason for not plating the area of the rotor that
comes into contact with the pads is because the plating will become embedded in
your brake pads, consequently you
will receive worse braking performance instead of increased braking performance.
Brakeworld.com will only plate the appropriate areas
of the brake rotor, making the plating process truly beneficial to you.
Keep these points in mind when selecting a high performance rotor for your vehicle,
and it will ensure you have a quality product on your vehicle as well as save you
money in the long run. Note that at Brakeworld.com
we only sale the highest quality rotors such as:
Brembo, Zimmerman, Bradi,
Rotora. You can be assured that the rotors you receive from us will be true performance rotors.
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