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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old 06-16-09, 05:28 PM Thread Starter
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Best Rotors for 03 Expedition?

I have been trying to find which rotors or brake kit will give me the best stopping distance without any brake fade. Right now I have stock rotors with aftermarket ceramic pads that still look almost new after 80,000 miles. According to my mechanic the rotors are warped(stock rotors with 115,000 miles on them), what is my best option for replacing with upgraded rotors? I would like to keep it around $1k for parts... definitely not over $2k.
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Re: Best Rotors for 03 Expedition?

I know everyone thinks ceramic pads are the best for stopping, but you won't hear that from the pad manufacturers. Plus, ceramic pads differ from brand to brand. There are NO standards when it comes to exactly what can be called a ceramic pad.

If you want the whole story on brake parts, read this:

brake pads, rotors, and certification

If you want the lowest brake fade, switch to semi-metallics. Ceramics are always a compromise between braking performance versus low noise and low dust. Semi-metallics do a better job of dissipating heat because they're filled with metallic strands.

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Re: Best Rotors for 03 Expedition?

Well considering these pads still look and perform like new after 80,000 miles... I'm not really interested in replacing them. I just need to find some rotors that are going to not warp like stock. Seems like nobody has any suggestions though so I'll just have to go with the most expensive I can find and post a review.

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