After just having my car serviced recently, my mechanic said I will need new brake rotors+pads...he quoted $645 for four (4) new genuine rotrs for a 96 EL Futura, including fitting...I think the rotors alone were $405 for the four...these rotors were only replaced in June 2000 (about 34000km ago), and am wondering if it is worth getting genuine again, or for go aftermarket...the DBA rotors seem very good but I am unsure of prices. I somehow doubt I will get 4 DBA rotors for an EL for less than $500
I only recently (today) got new alloys for my EL (15's) and don't want to spent in the thousands for rotors- I'm just wondering if the DBAs are affordable...I thought the the price I save by not having to replace rotors every couple of years may mean the DBA's are the most cost effective option...
Slotted should be around $100 each + seal which isn't supplied. I wouldn't recomend it but the old bearings can be used on the new cones in the D.B.A's. O/K if you do yourself I guess but just beware for the break in period.The bearing Co's have a standard that they are made of the same specs for this reason..The cones are seperate from bearings anyway..For the front.. Easy to do yourself, only requires some rags and good wheel bearing grease..
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I just got DBA slotted front rotors for $120 each with ABS wheels. Make sure you specify whether the car has ABS as it is an additional item inside the hub (on EB anyhow).
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thanks for your reply guys...
I got a quote from a local autobahn dealer today and they quoted..
$179.15 EL ABS Slotted (front)
$$149.30 " " (rear)
So, with the slotted, the rotors would come to a total of $656.90 (not including fitting + pads + fluid), the same price I was quoted for a mechanic to fit genuine Ford items (including brake fluid + pads)
Can anyone give me an idea of the wear of their DBA slotted rotors...I know every car will wear differently, but I want to know if the DBA will last ALOT longer than the standards...as I said in my first post, I only got about 34000km's from one full set of genuine items...
As I have mentioned in other threads, the slots have the same performance as the drilled ones, up to about 600 - 700C, where the presence of the drilled holes gets rid of the generated brake gases more effectively than the slots alone.
Drilled ones just aren't necessary if you're on a budget. Go DBA slotted fronts (run factory rear if you want).
DBA make the rotors for Tickford XRs because they don't warp and they last longer (depending on your pads and driving style). If you want decent performance, I can recommend Bendix Ultimates (metal king series I think), but they will chew up your rotors a bit quicker than factory spec pads.
Regardless, they will definitely last longer than your stock brakes because they are manufactured at a much higher quality level (1 at a time instead of about 8 at a time). Count on about 20-30, depending on your braking habits. I reckon almost everyone on this forum with a mid-spec brake upgrade has DBA slotted (or slotted and drilled).
As someone who probably works brakes harder than most (my XR6 is a dedicated competition car), I have found that the performance and wear rate of the Slotted DBA rotors to be far superior to the standard Ford items. We run standard calipers and standard size discs (with a balance-bar and twin master cylinders on a standard booster), as rally tyres come in 15" and we can't put anything bigger on. The brakes get hot enough to bend the steel backing pads into a banana shape, and I never suffer from the discs warping despite often having to stop and wait at a finish control when they are at their hottest.
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