In the past, we've discussed the brakes on a Jeep, but it was a basic Centric rotor with Hawk LTS pads on all four corners. For my own Jeep, I wanted to try out a little higher rated rotor and find out what all the hype about DBA was. DBA stands for Disc Brakes Australia, and they are known for producing high quality performance rotors for many different applications for over 40 years. They have consistently been innovating and bringing solutions to the market that keep them in the upper echelon of quality, tolerances, premium metals and manufacturing equipment.
These 4x4 Survival Series T3 Rotors feature DBA's patented Kangaroo Paw vent design, which is a series of 144 diamond and teardrop patterned pillars (or columns) instead of conventional straight cooling vanes. The design increases cooling efficiency by up to 20% when compared with most other conventional ventilated disc rotors. These are slotted rotors, but they aren't the traditional directional slots. They have one part number for the front axle and one for the rear, so it's tough to get wrong unlike other slotted rotors on the market. Normally, I don't use slotted rotors, but DBA claims that these will be more consistent, quieter and longer lasting than a traditional rotor, so I gave them a shot!
The install was easy and the rotors look and feel very high quality. My old rear pads actually crumbled and fell off of their backing plates when I pulled them out, so it seems I was just in time to replace them at 29,000 miles. Big 35" tires will really wear down factory brakes quickly!
I paired these rotors up with Hawk LTS Truck / SUV Pads in the rear and the Hawk HPS Street Brake Pads in the front. I would have gotten all LTS, but I'm impatient and the LTS wasn't in stock for the front axle, so I went with the HPS and they work great!
The stopping power I have now is fantastic, and I can't say enough good things about these products. The pedal feel is about the same, but the amount of stopping power is greatly increased, and I have much more confidence in my ability to avoid rear-ending someone now than I ever did before!