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Drilled vs Slotted Rotors

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by Kevinztaco, Nov 30, 2016.

  1. Nov 30, 2016 at 12:09 AM
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    Kevinztaco

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    I've done some reading and it is said that drilled rotors are more susceptible to cracking. Instead of ordering slotted rosters as I intended to do, I ordered drilled instead. They don't look like they were drilled through but I can't tell by looking at the pic. Anyone had any experience with these rotors and what kind of problem should I expect from them? BTW-My Tacoma is more of a Mall crawler through different seasons :) .
     
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  2. Nov 30, 2016 at 12:46 AM
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    I have slotted rotors and can't be happier. Hope this helps
     
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    I hear drilled/ slotted rotors get mud packed in them pretty easily. Along with whatever else you may drive in
     
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    The photo shows dimpled rotors. They are drilled but not all the way through. There is no reason for a mall crawler to have these and yes drilled is prone to cracking. Dimpled and slotted are not prone to this but again you dont need these. Use your money on mods that are useful.
     
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  5. Nov 30, 2016 at 9:38 AM
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    i'm going with maxx brakes, made in Canada and real good prices for us Canadians.
     
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    The more surface area between the pad and rotor the better, why the heck would you want to decrease that? Drilled/slotted rotors are a huge waste of $$$. Remnants from a time 50+ years ago where brake pad technology sucked and the material needed to offgas.
     
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    Slotted rotors are great for aggressive driving and racing as they disperse heat better than solid rotors. For trucks, you want as much surface area as possible so solid rotors are the way to go.
     
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    Disc brakes work by changing kinetic energy to heat energy. The heat is then sucked up by the metal mass of the rotor, then the rotor is air cooled for use again. For the best brakes, you want the thickest, heaviest rotor available. Drilling, slotting, etc. removes metal mass from the rotor, increasing stopping distance by reducing pad/rotor surface contact area and reducing the rotor's ability to suck up the max amount of heat. Worst case, brakes won't work when they're too hot.
     
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    their website is terrible. When I select my truck, they only show 5 lug as the option.
    That said, is there any benefit for choosing MaxBrakes over what my local autoparts store would sell me?
     
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    Buy OEM and get over the idea that they will make a difference.
    They are rotors
     
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    I put drilled and slotted power stop rotors on mine and they stop like my stock ones.

    Went to the deer lease and drove though some Oklahoma clay and didn't have it build up in the slots. I've only had them on for about 1 1/2 months so far.
     
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    Shit bolted onto other shit, and junk.
    I prefer centrix slotted rotors for oversized tires. I can't remember who they are owned by. I guess it is personal pref but for 35s a heavier duty slotted rotor is great for me. I have never heard or seen any proof coming from drilled rotors.
     
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    Their website works fine for me. The difference in price from the lowest option to the premium set is less than $20 Canadian. I called and got a set of rear drums/shoes/spring kit for $168 Canadian which I thought was cheap.
     
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    I've tried their "Search by vehicle" in Chrome and Firefox, but can't get it to state anything but 5 lug for my Tacoma. It also only has vehicles as new as 2013.

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    Found if I select 2011, Base Crew Cab it'll finally give me a 6 lug option. MaxBrakes only has OE set available for $67.85 USD pretty good price (might be due to the sale they are having until Dec 1)
     
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    Search KT032981 on Amazon dot ca and it'll list an add for each model year 2005, 2006, 2007, .......2015 6 lug. It's 105.44 Canadian, the basic ones are $87. Just search 2005 Tacoma on max brakes website to get the kit number you want and they are a seller on Amazon for pretty much the same price after you convert to Canadian money from their website.
     
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    I drive 98% street so for me the slotted rotors work great
     
  18. Nov 30, 2016 at 7:35 PM
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    I can, Stock OEM Rotors and Pads.
     
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    I think you meant to say "Increase your stopping distance".
     
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    How did you measure this?
     

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