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TimR

Brake rotors, pads, and fluid recommendations

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Its time to replace the front rotors on my '99 Boxster. Anyone have a recommendation on a set of replacement rotors, pads, and brake fluid? I do normal to work and pleasure driving, but no type of racing or Autocross. Thanks.

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No hard use then stock pads and fluid. No sense spending money for performance you will never need. If you can find a cheap set of frozen rotors, say $200 for a pair, then get them. You will probably never have to change your rotors again.

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No reason to stray from stock for pads/rotors. For fluid, any DOT4 fluid available in your local auto store will do.

Do a price comparison using your local dealer and RennTech board sponsor Sunset Imports (click for details) and you will be pleasnatly surprised how cost effective OEM parts can be.

Good Luck,

Graeme

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The only reason that I would recommend frozen rotors is that they are cost effective, at least for solid rotors. An OEM rotor is $70-$100. The last set of frozen rotors that I got were $90 each shipped. I track my car a lot (20-30 days a year) and use pagid orange pads. I had to replace my last set of frozen rotors because they cracked. Before when I used oem rotors I had to replace them because they wore down to the wear limit. The wear limit is 2mm. When the frozen ones cracked I measured the wear. I had less than 0.5mm wear. I would have to go back and check but I know that they lasted much longer than a set of oem ones.

Now for street use I have heard of people having to replace oem rotors at around 30-40K miles because of wear. If you use frozen rotors you could probably go 2-3 times farther.

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Where did you get your frozen rotors? I know a few people swear by them and might give 'em a try next time I need replacements.

Graeme

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I agree with the above recommendation of stock brakes and frozen rotors when new rotors are needed.

I personally went for ATE Super Blue. I don't see the downside in spending a few dollars more for a high performance brake fluid - especially when it comes in a pretty color that makes it easy to see when all the old fluid has been exchanged.

Track brakes have a downside on the street. Track brake fluid is fine for everyday use.

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The first set of rotors I got from www.frozenrotors.com. I think I paid $118 each. I just looked at the website and they are now $130 each. The second set I got from a guy in canada. The guy's name is Martin and his email is:

brakeparts@sympatico.ca

They were $205 canadian for the pair plus shipping. The total was about $185 US. I have not communicated with him for a year so I do not know if he is still in business.

I think the frozenrotor ones had anodized or painted hats. The canadian ones are uncoated.

I have gone through at least one set of pagid oranges on the latest set. There is no ridge at the edge of the rotor yet.

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