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Thumbs up brakes upgrade...help!!!

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I'm planning on upgrading my brakes. I have a few questions the first question is it worthy to upgrade to the 13in gt front calipers and rotors, I don't do track races with my car, so is just a DD.. Also I want to get dimpled and slotted rotors is this a good idea.
the rotors are from brakeperformance with semi metallic pads
What do you all think about this...thanks for the help in advance


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For everyday car I dont think its worth it. A goot brake kitnis 3-4k. Thats a lot to spend when your current set up is good enough for a dd


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idk about you, but i find my stock brakes to be more then enough. Especially for a daily driver. This is coming from someone who has alot of road rage roadrage.gif. Its probably one of the few things i plan on keeping stock on this car since it works perfectly.
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They don't feel bad for my driving style, but the problem is that my stock rotors have lots of heat spots so I probably won't get the calipers
so what about the rotors is that a good option

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I have had the same brakes and rotors since 2010 and I have 54,000 miles on my car now. I bought my car back in October of 2010

Brakes are doing great. I have a manual tranny so I downshift a lot instead of trying to slam on the brakes. My tranny is also doing great.

The brakes don't need to be upgraded unless you are doing auto-x type of competition.

If you did anything you could do a swap to GT rotors/brakes in the Front that wouldn't be too bad of an upgrade. I believe that's what some people are doing.

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They don't feel bad for my driving style, but the problem is that my stock rotors have lots of heat spots so I probably won't get the calipers
so what about the rotors is that a good option
The GT calipers are the same as the V6 units, just on bigger brackets to mate proprly with the larger rotors. Go to Roush's ebay store. You will need the rotors and a set of calipers so you can used the brackets. They sell virtually new take-offs from GTs they do their entire brake treatment to, so most of thek have just a handful of miles. Lightly scuff the rotors with scotchbrite pad or fine sandpaper and clean off and oil or dust and they're like new.

I did this upgrade with a fresh set of pads just because I wanted to. Only thing with replacing pads, you will have to compress your caliper pistons to put in fresh, thick pads. I spent $125 on the rotors and $100 on Hawk ceramic pads. Hawk makes different grades of pads for everything from track use to performance street applications. EBC also makes good pads.

I am happy with the $225 I spent. One caveat is since I did pads and rotors at the same time, I don't know how much the rotors did on their own. My gut tells me thr rotors give me a stronger initial bite when I hit the brakes and the pads give a little better pedal feel and less fade. I wasn't real impressed with the stock "Performance Package" brake pads. Now, I am happy and will eventually put in some higher grade brake fluid. No reason you have to drop a few grand on brakes unless you trwck the car all the time.

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The calipers are identical, V6 or GT, it's the caliper brackets that are different to space the calipers out for the larger rotors.

It's a cheap conversion but for what you are doing it won't net you much.

Now, if you need to replace the rotors anyway, then it is only another $75 for the pair of GT calipers with the brackets on them from Roush's ebay store. The rotors are only $50 for the pair.

As to slotted and dimpled, all that really does is add some looks but takes away surface area and they cost a lot more than good replacement rotors.
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So upgrading to the dimpled-slotted rotors is not worthy, since I don't use my car for competition
How about much simpler set of just slotted rotors at front with the stock calipers

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So upgrading to the dimpled-slotted rotors is not worthy, since I don't use my car for competition
How about much simpler set of just slotted rotors at front with the stock calipers
I've heard of some cheaper aftermarket drilled or slotted rotors cracking. My vote is still on the GT oem rotor upgrade. The difference may not be massive, but for $225 you won't at all feel like you threw away your money.

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I've heard of some cheaper aftermarket drilled or slotted rotors cracking. My vote is still on the GT oem rotor upgrade. The difference may not be massive, but for $225 you won't at all feel like you threw away your money.
Alright, I'm gonna go with the set up that you have
so what all I need is the GT oem rotors and calipers with a good set of pads
call you all tell me what are some really good pads
thanks for the advice!

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I like my setup that being said I did spend a little but I sure enjoy how the rotors don't "insta-rust" and they sure have more bite than the stocks did...
Rotor swap out with ceramic pads.

They also came with a 3 year warranty against warping and cracking

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I've had slotted/crossdrilled rotors on cars before, and honestly, for a daily driver.. all they do is chew up pads faster. Stick with high quality blanks. I've used Hawk HPS pads in the past and never been disappointed by them.

Oh, and regardless of what you choose, make sure you bed-in your new pads properly for best performance. Hawk recommends 6-10 moderate stops from 35mph, then 2-3 hard stops from 45mph, then park and let them cool off completely.

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Thanks for all the info, so I'm going to stick to the GT oem set up and the hawk pads which is going to save me some $$$

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they look great, but i dont have that much money to spend in set of brakes, and yeah i bet that they're worthy


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