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post #1 of 16 (permalink) Old Aug 20th, 06, 01:39 PM Thread Starter
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20 dollar rotors vs 97 dollar rotors

Guys,

Im getting ready to do my big brake conversion and id really like to know what the difference between a 20 dollar raybestos rotor for a 96 corvette and a 97 dollar rotor for a 96 corvette is. the cheaper one has a 3 month warranty and is made from "noise dampening iron". the more expensive one has a year warranty.

On the same note, i can get a rotor for a 2004 corvette with a year warranty called the Raybestos Aimco GS for 66.99. I can get a Raybestos PG plus with a 3 month warrantyfor 25.99. i can get a Raybestos Brutestop for 74.99 with a year warranty.

Why the big price difference?

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You have to be sure what "corvette" rotor you are looking for. Besides the different manufacturers, there are different rotors:
97-04 (C5) 13 inch rotors
88-96 (C4) used 2 different styles 12,13 inch ones.

The C4/C5 won't interchange (hat distance is different) and if your looking for the C4 one, make sure you get the right size one. Have you checked if they will fit inside your current wheel? Some 17's will not with the C5 stuff (like TT2's). The baer brake systems use the 13 inch C4 stuff while places like www.touring-classics.com have kits for the C5 conversion and a hybrid (uses C4 rotor and C5 caliper) with their special bracket. Just depends on what you want. Hope this clears some stuff up for you. Post up if you have anymore questions.

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Re: 20 dollar rotors vs 97 dollar rotors

i know that the C4s had 12 and 13" brakes.

im just trying to understand why there are 2 or 3 prices betwwen 13" C4 rotors and 2 or 3 prices between 12.75" C5 rotors... why the price differences?

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Re: 20 dollar rotors vs 97 dollar rotors

I've heard good things about the Aimco rotors for a stock Camaro application.
A member was testing rotors for balance, and most had very poor or no balance. The Aimco were pretty good on balance and had fairly thick wear surfaces on each side for stability.

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Re: 20 dollar rotors vs 97 dollar rotors

quality of manufacturing is one reason in price difference . I have seen the $20 rotors right out of the box not even meet minimum dimensions.

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Re: 20 dollar rotors vs 97 dollar rotors

thanks guys.

Some Aimco rotors cost 20 bucks.... so i wonder if they are good or crap. All these rotors are made by Raybestos...

anyone using the 20 dollar rotors?

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Re: 20 dollar rotors vs 97 dollar rotors

You could probably use the $20 rotors for fitting purposes only, just to make sure everything fits together the way its suppose to.

I wouldn't drive/brake on them.

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Re: 20 dollar rotors vs 97 dollar rotors

the cheaper rotors are often fine for everyday use......in your application I would think they may warp. At our shop we put the cheaper rotors on often with expensive pads and have no trouble, but this is on everyday passenger cars. The more expensive rotors, at least from Napa (thats our supplier at work) usually have noticably more cooling fins inside the rotor (have a look), and are probably made with a better quality metal,,, therefore stay cooler and are less likely to warp. They are not any thicker though. In any performance application I think you 'd be a fool not to go with higher quality stuff,, especially when we are talking about saving 50 to 70 bucks a rotor. Is it worth it to skimp for that little money? probably not. Jeff

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The cheap raybestos rotors are WAY out of ballance and the run-out is horrible. Bare minimum you will have to have them turned before you use them. I checked several sets and they were all bad. I finally bought the Aimco from an online vendor and they were very good. The run-out on both was almost perfect and the ballance was the best I have found.

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Re: 20 dollar rotors vs 97 dollar rotors

I am no expert but casting materials have to be differnt or the casting methods are? They have figured some way to save money and it could only come from labor, materials, methods or overhead. You say they are all made raybestos? Call them maybe they can shed some light on this. I too would like to know.

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Re: 20 dollar rotors vs 97 dollar rotors

if the aimco is so good, then why are some of them 20 bucks?

i may try to call them tomorrow, but are they really going to say "oh, yeah, our 20 dollar rotors are too thin and out of round and balance... but if you spend another 20 bucks, then we balance and true them?"

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Re: 20 dollar rotors vs 97 dollar rotors

Do some searching on the internet. Lots of corvette open track guys have tried different rotor brands and have probably discussed the subject...
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Re: 20 dollar rotors vs 97 dollar rotors

This is a post I had a while back. Take it for what it's worth, there is some good information here.
https://www.camaros.net/forums/showthread.php?t=57542

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Also, FWIW this is what I went with. I don't have all the answers but feel free to learn from my mistakes. By the way, the rotors in this thread are still on the car and working PERFECTLY!
https://www.camaros.net/forums/showthread.php?t=58022

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Re: 20 dollar rotors vs 97 dollar rotors

good reading ept, but no resolution. What did you finally do for rotors?





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