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Old February 26th, 2016, 11:56 PM
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Front brake discs / rotors not made in China?

What rotors are you guys running? I bought Beck/Arnley, made by Fremax in Brazil for the rears. But I can't find the fronts in stock anywhere. So I bought Napa Ultra Premium, but they're made in China. Apparently they're actually Raybestos Advanced Technology. I was thinking they're probably fine since they have a lifetime warranty, but then I found this review that shows them heavily corroded. Granted there's no road salt in Oregon, but that doesn't look good to me.

Do you know the manufacturer of the LR genuine rotors? I could order them from a dealer, but they're about $100 each. About half that price would be nice.
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Old February 27th, 2016, 06:09 AM
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Ebay has some Brembo rotors at a good price. I used "Irotors" in California for a couple of sets and never had a problem. Some other however, different makes, have had some issues. They were really inexpensive however. You could also check the vendors here on the boards.
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Old February 27th, 2016, 06:36 AM
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Not for nothing but I have tried almost every brand of rotor out there when I had my race car. I found the cheap Napa ones to be the best. Lasted the longest before warping or cracking up. And this was subject to conditions your Land Rover won't see until it's melted down to scrap.

I'm not alone. Many other racers do the same.

Brembos were actually some of the worse I ever had and 2-3x the price.

Nothing wrong with a $40 Napa rotor!
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Just because its made in China doesn't mean its junk.
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I've been running the will Tillery Chinese rotors with no issue on my defender. ive got brembo blanks on the classic they are all about the same IMO
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Pads are the differentiator for performance. I have britpart rotors with genuine pads.
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I ordered the Brembos on eBay and run EBC green pads. Very good combo
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Pads are the differentiator for performance. I have britpart rotors with genuine pads.
^this...

I always use our cheap rotors and genuine pads.
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I also don't think rotors make a big difference, but I'm running Genuine.
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Okay cool. I guess I'll just hang on to the Napa rotors then. I got ceramic pads for low dust. I couldn't find the front and rear from the same company, so I got Akebono for the rear and Hawk for the front.
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Okay cool. I guess I'll just hang on to the Napa rotors then. I got ceramic pads for low dust. I couldn't find the front and rear from the same company, so I got Akebono for the rear and Hawk for the front.
Ceramic pads are as good as ice cubes

Hawk makes a great pad. If you can find a hps or hp+ you'll see huge gains over any sort of factory or factory replacement


Thing with brakes is if you want performance you will have to give up dust/harshness/noise/longevity. Just the way it is.

But a hawk hps or hp+ stiles s good balance between the two ends of the spectrum.
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I also don't think rotors make a big difference, but I'm running Genuine.
And they were prob made in Turkey or Croatia.... Canada has China, UK has the rest of the old com-bloc & EU.... and they all prob used to make parts for Mig's before cars & trucks
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Ceramic pads are as good as ice cubes

Hawk makes a great pad. If you can find a hps or hp+ you'll see huge gains over any sort of factory or factory replacement


Thing with brakes is if you want performance you will have to give up dust/harshness/noise/longevity. Just the way it is.

But a hawk hps or hp+ stiles s good balance between the two ends of the spectrum.
They're Hawk OES. They were the only ones that came up for the Defender in their online catalog. Now it doesn't show any for the Defender. It looks like the OES line was discontinued.

------ Follow up post added February 27th, 2016 05:25 PM ------

Whoa. If anyone is looking for some really cheap rear pads here's some ATE's for $8.30: http://amzn.com/B003VXOCH0
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