What is the Best Brake Rotor for Your Vehicle?

Wednesday, April 11, 2012 by Zig Ziegler

Choosing the proper brake rotor is determined by the vehicle you drive and how you drive it. The majority of vehicles produced will have solid vented rotors. However, some high-performance vehicles like BMW, Mercedes-Benz and Audi are built with slotted or cross-drilled rotors, which are also vented.

If you were happy with your stock rotor's performance and stopping power, then direct O.E. replacements such as Centric Plain 120 Series Rotors , Centric High Carbon Plain 125 Series Rotors or Brembo Replacement Rotors would be a good choice. 

Centric Plain 120 Series Rotor
Centric Plain 120
Series Rotor

Centric High Carbon Plain 125 Series
Centric High Carbon Plain
125 Series Rotor
Brembo Replacement Rotor
Brembo Replacement

Vehicles built from the factory with solid vented rotors may cause you to be unhappy with the stopping power, in that case, you may benefit from an upgraded rotor. Additionally, if you would classify yourself as a more spirited or aggressive driver I would recommend upgrading your rotors. The most common upgrade is replacing your solid rotors with either slotted or drilled rotors.

Under high heat and heavy stopping conditions, the rotor actually gets so hot that when the brake pads and rotors make initial contact, the pads release exhaust gases from road grime, water and overheating. The small air bubbles that form between the pad and rotor contribute to a spongy pedal feel. The slotting or drilling of brake rotors gives those gases a quiet way to escape; thus allowing the pad to make quicker contact with the rotor and provide you a stiffer and more precise pedal feel. Upgrades would include Brembo rotors such as the Sport Drilled and Sport Slotted, StopTech's SportStop Drilled Rotor, DBA's 4000 Series T3 Rotor and 5000 Series T3 2-Piece Rotor and Power Slot's Power Slot Rotor.


Brembo Sport Drilled Rotors
Brembo Sport Drilled
Brembo Sport Slotted Rotors
Brembo Sport Slotted
Stop Tech SportStop Drilled Rotor
StopTech SportStop Drilled Rotor


DBA 4000 Series T3 Rotor
DBA 4000 Series
T3 Rotor
DBA 5000 Series
DBA 5000 Series T3
2-Piece Rotor
Power Slot Rotor
Power Slot

Whether you're looking for Brembo brake rotors or another brand, you can shop by vehicle to find the replacement option that's right for your application.

Comments on What is the Best Brake Rotor for Your Vehicle?

Saturday, August 25, 2012 by Jim Smith:
We have a 2007 silverado classic. The rotors don't seem to stay true for very long. we drive mountian roads and I'm sure the rotors lose their temper. What do you recommend?
Tuesday, August 28, 2012 by Zig:
It sounds like your rotors are warping. The best solution would be to choose a cryogenically treated rotor, these rotors are first heated treated like a typical rotor and then additionally cold treated to -300°F. These rotors have been shown to last 2-3 time longer than a standard heat treated rotor and will be the most resistant to warping you can find. I would recommend the Power Alloy Cryo-Treated Rotor for your application.
Wednesday, February 20, 2013 by Rodney Peterson:
Somehow I lost Jared. I'm looking for the best disc & pads for dodge charger 07 srt8
Friday, February 22, 2013 by Zig:
Sunday, February 2, 2014 by cameron brown:
I have a '95 Nissan 240sx SE and have done the z32 aluminum 30mm 300zx TT upgrade on the front. I do have ABS. I had brembo rotors put on back in '08 I think. They were machined and wagner quiet pads were put on just 2 and half yrs ago and the front pads are about half way down but the rotors are starting to feel warped. The rear pads/rotors were replaced with Wagner's back 2 and half years ago as well and I just replaced them last week because the pads were already past gone. I am surprised because the fronts usually go before the rears do so it caught me by surprise and didn't not change the pads soon enough. I'm wondering what the problem could be and how many times should you be able to machine rotors before replacing them?
Tuesday, February 4, 2014 by Zig :
It's tough to tell what's going on without seeing the vehicle and since it's a customized brake system that makes it even more complicated. The rotors can only be machined down to a certain depth assuming they're not warped or cracked. However, you'll have to go to a mechanic to have them visual inspection the rotors and pads to see what may be happening.

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