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post #1 of 6 Old 03-22-2014, 08:12 AM Thread Starter
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Ebay brake rotors and pads?

I believe at 135k it is getting close to brake replacement time. I am starting to hear a faint noise when I brake and I can feel it on the pedal.

My question is, has anyone had any experience with ebays brake rotors and pads? I mean, I can get drilled and slotted rotors and pads for the price of what autozone has replacements for. These are an example of what im looking at:

Please tell me if I am being stupid, the black is not necessary, but I like the way they look. I am aware that ebay has a lot of crap, so i figured I would ask.

Another question I have is, do I have to replace both the front and the back at the same time? I watched alot of videos and the front disk brakes with standard rotors and pads seem pretty easy to do yourself. The back looks like a whole nother story though. I am not confident I could accomplish that on my own. So i would have to save up to get someone to do them.

PS: I am a fan of stopping. So if its not a good idea for me to try to diy, please let me know, I would rather pay someone if it is something better left to the professionals.

Thanks in advance guys.

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The only ebay brake kits I've read favorable reviews about are "brake motive" and "r1 concepts". I'm not saying those are junk, just haven't heard anything about them.

If you've seen the videos and they didn't scare you, then I'm willing to bet you can DIY this. Biggest trick is doing a proper bleeding, which isn't that hard either.

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eBay is a marketplace, not a brand. You can find almost anything for sale there....so asking if "eBay brakes" are good/bad is not the question.

I bought two sets off of eBay from BrakeMotive. One for my Accord, and one for my 1991 240sx. Each set was 4 rotors and all ceramic brake pads. Around $150 delivered per car.

My neighbor has a 2007 Accord, and money is tight. Castle Honda quoted her $1,150 for a "complete" brake job. I ordered yet another set from BrakeMotive and did that 2007 for $150 in my driveway.

Stops well, looks great, very happy.

Know that most brake rotors and pads are made in China. You may see a video of what looks to be Pittsburgh steel workers making brake rotors- but it is bull. Canada (Vancouver and Toronto) as well as California get thousands of these rotors from China. Some places will then drill and slot them in North America so they can say "Made in USA", but believe me (I've seen the factories), they are only "finished" in the USA.

Unless you go exotic, rotors are made with the same metal ratings as the next guy.

I wanted drilled and slotted for the next 5 years, and so I put them on my Accord. I just like the look and doing brakes on these cars is so easy, I went with it. You may get flamed by other Accord owners for going drilled and slotted, but you will earn respect from the neighborhood toughs and really, isn't that what life is about?

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EDIT: Brake rotors are a "low tech" item. Perhaps the 10 most common brake rotor model numbers cover about 75% of all cars on the road. So high volume, low-tech, and lax environmental regulations during manufacturing equals "overseas". However, if you are autocrossing, I would go with a different brake set up.
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The question I have about those rotors is, why is the coating on the machined surface? Are the rotors Black all the way through? Or will the coating come off as the brake pads squeeze them, and possibly contaminate the pads. Are you supposed to have the coating machined off, before mounting them?

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How is it that your calipers are the cleanest things in this pic?

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