Rotors are available from a lot of different sources and and from multiple manufacturers. Some are a basic metallurgy and normally are not very resistant to the effects of heat. Products sold at Tire Rack manufactured by DBA, Centric, Power Slot, Brembo, and ATE are premium products with metal alloys which have less impurities and will be less likely to have failure due to over heating.
Cryogenic treating is a process that hardens the steel of a rotor and results in a molecular restructuring that makes the surface harder and more durable. Power Slot offers a cryo rotor, and these are strongly recommended for those who spend time on the track or put their vehicle through some extreme conditions.
When it comes to pads, I recommend the Hawk Performance products. Hawk has some of the most consistent products on the market, and offer a wide range of pads starting with a quiet and comfortable ceramic pad, up through pads that are designed to be used on the race track only. The best part of the HAWK line...they have everything in between too!
When it comes to replacing the wheels and tires on an SUV and plus sizing is the direction that you have chosen to go, remember that with bigger wheels comes higher weights. The rotational mass that comes along with the larger wheels will put more stress on the braking system and this should be considered. The last thing that you want to do is park your newly upgraded truck in the trunk of someone's civic.
When selecting brake pads and rotors, it is important to remember that you need to consider your driving style, your expectations, and the vehicle's dynamics.
- If you are person that drives to and from, and is looking for quiet and comfortable, I would look at the Centric Premium Rotors and the Hawk Performance Ceramic Pads.
- If you are a spirited street driver, I would look at the Centric Premium Rotors and the Hawk HPS pads.
- For the weekend autocross contender or occasional track day driver, take a look at the Power Slot rotors and the Hawk HP Plus pads.
- For dedicated track car, DBA 5000 Series or Power Slot Cryo, and the Hawk Blue 9012.