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    DoubleStuf™
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    Default Any problems with Autozone's Duralast rotors?

    Is there any reason to question the quality of Autozone's Duralast brand rotors? I can get all 4 corners in SVT size for < $130 total. No sponsor I've seen can come close to that price.

    Or what about Pep Boys? I can get the rears from Pep Boys for $12 a piece!! THat would be $87 for the whole set!!

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    Default Re: Any problems with Autozone's Duralast rotors?

    Rotors are rotors.

    I usually buy the cheap ones vs. the blintastic-pimp ones since they are a wear item and get replaced on a regular basis.

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    Default Re: Any problems with Autozone's Duralast rotors?

    Iam Having The Duralast Rotors Put On Today With Hawk Street Pads. The Stock Rotors Are Crap. They Lasted Only 30,000 Miles And Can Not Be Turned Down Due To They Will Then Be Thinner Than Specs Allow. The Rotors Cost 120$ From Autozone For All Four. The Pads Came From The Tire Rack For Around 150$ Total. I Will Let You Know How They Work Out. Will Pick Up Car This Afternoon.

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    Default Re: Any problems with Autozone's Duralast rotors?

    Quote Originally Posted by carlfreddy
    Rotors are rotors.
    This. They're just cast-iron circles. The only reason not to go cheap is if you go so cheap that they're damaged or oval or something.
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    Default Re: Any problems with Autozone's Duralast rotors?

    Picked Up The Svt Today. Had Hawk Streetpads And Duralast Rotors Installed At All Four Corners. Terrific Braking! The Car Never Braked This Good With The Stock Pads And Rotors. Iam Very Happy. Smooth, Strong Braking. No Squeaking. Granted, They Have Only Been On The Car One Day, So We Shall See In The Long Run. But For Now, I Can Not Complain About The Duralast Rotors. Considering I Picked Up All Four Rotors For 120$. Much Better Than Stock And The Brembos And Pbr Australias Are Way More Money Than I Want To Pay, Upwards Of 175$ Per Rotor For The Pbr's.

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    Default Re: Any problems with Autozone's Duralast rotors?

    sounds good, enjoy them.
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    Default Re: Any problems with Autozone's Duralast rotors?

    I have no experience with Autozone rotors, but know somebody that warped them after 1 autox. All metals are NOT created equal, I am not saying these are terrible, but just keep that in mind.
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    Default Re: Any problems with Autozone's Duralast rotors?

    I agree with Brad that all brake rotors are not created equal... you get what you pay for to some degree. Though I have no research at hand (but I will get it if necessary) to back this up, it stands to reason that a $12 rotor might not be as much of a quality product as a $50 rotor. Sure, some of the difference is markup, but consider the cost of manufacture, the cost of material and then labor costs. My main concern is materials quality and manufacturing standards.

    For example, a rotor made in China may not be as well-made as a rotor made by Brembo's Original Equipment Service Replacement division; the Brembo "blank" is visibly superior in production craftsmanship and materials to an inexpensive, "offshore" casting from Asia.

    When the time comes for replacement rotors for my ZX3 Focus's new SVT brakes, I will most definately use the FoMoCo Part #'s 2M5Z-1125-AA Front / 2M5Z-2C026-AA Rear rotors made in Italy.



    Oh, here's another, interesting facti0d: The "Warped" Brake Disc and Other Myths of the Braking System
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    Default Re: Any problems with Autozone's Duralast rotors?

    Quote Originally Posted by venomrogue
    I use Duralast rotors on my ZX3..12 bucks a piece, and I change them every time I do a brake job...about every 6-9 months.
    ouch!
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    Default Re: Any problems with Autozone's Duralast rotors?

    Quote Originally Posted by whyme
    ouch!
    Ouch?
    Pads SHOULD potentially last longer, but he didn't mention mileage.
    If they are $12 apiece, where's the "Ouch" when a brake job is SO Easy on a Focus?


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    Default Re: Any problems with Autozone's Duralast rotors?

    I think the "ouch" is generated by SVT owners (aren't they about 5x as expensive?).
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    Default Re: Any problems with Autozone's Duralast rotors?

    if you get them, be sure to inspect them pretty good.... when we did my buddy's maxima with the $12 specials we found leftover sand casting inside the cooling vanes of the rotor. we blasted it out with a garden hose and a screwdriver

    so don't just "put them on".... look em over
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    Default Re: Any problems with Autozone's Duralast rotors?

    Most of the Duralasts have a decent warranty. They are made in china, but are so cheap that it makes sense to replace them everytime you change your pads. I second inspecting everything before you buy it...I work at Autozone, and never sell anything without looking it over...never know what you are going to find .
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    Default Re: Any problems with Autozone's Duralast rotors?

    Quote Originally Posted by Z63R
    I agree with Brad that all brake rotors are not created equal... you get what you pay for to some degree. Though I have no research at hand (but I will get it if necessary) to back this up, it stands to reason that a $12 rotor might not be as much of a quality product as a $50 rotor. Sure, some of the difference is markup, but consider the cost of manufacture, the cost of material and then labor costs. My main concern is materials quality and manufacturing standards.

    For example, a rotor made in China may not be as well-made as a rotor made by Brembo's Original Equipment Service Replacement division; the Brembo "blank" is visibly superior in production craftsmanship and materials to an inexpensive, "offshore" casting from Asia.

    When the time comes for replacement rotors for my ZX3 Focus's new SVT brakes, I will most definately use the FoMoCo Part #'s 2M5Z-1125-AA Front / 2M5Z-2C026-AA Rear rotors made in Italy.



    Oh, here's another, interesting facti0d: The "Warped" Brake Disc and Other Myths of the Braking System

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    Default Re: Any problems with Autozone's Duralast rotors?

    Gotta love Carrol Smith, I am upset that I never took the time to talk to him when I had a chance. His writing is so easy to read and with the experience that he has, what he suggests can be considered gospel.

    As for the Rotors, another down side of the budget rotors is the corrosion resistance. They dont have the zinc plating to protect them, which is where a huge cost comes from.
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