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Need Rotors and Pads all round - Recommendations?

Last oil change, I was advised by my dealer that my rear pads are at 4mm and will need changing soon. I have a 2006 Commander Limited with 46k miles on it.

I also have a vibration when braking, which leads me to believe I have warped rotors as well, not sure if they are front or rear.

When I bought the Jeep 18 months ago, I had the dealer turn the rotors as they were pulsing then. Now, 18 months later they are pulsing again and I assume it isn't worth trying to turn them again.

So, I've been looking into brakes. I don't have the time (or skill/tools) to install them myself, so I'll have to have them done. But I am looking to buy the parts first and then take them to an installer to save money.

I don't have masses of money, but want to find out what people are replacing their rotors/pads with.

I have searched the forums and found bits and pieces of answers, like someone wanting to replace all 4 rotors for under $200 and being given a link to rotors that are $140 a piece!!

So, just wanted to find out what you knowledgeable folk on here are changing you rotors with?

Are there benefits/negatives to going with drilled and slotted rotors? I know they 'look' cooler, but do they perform well. Wouldn't the drilling/slotting make them more susceptible to warping?

I've found some 'deals', but a deal doesn't necessarily mean 'good' products.

Mopar Parts Online:

Front:

http://www.moparonlineparts.com/part...layCatalogid=0

Rear:
http://www.moparonlineparts.com/part...layCatalogid=0

eBay

Slotted Front + Rear:

http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/JEEP-...ht_2523wt_1051

eBay

Smooth Front:

http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/2008-...ht_9160wt_1051

Napa Online:

Front:

http://www.napaonline.com/Search/Det...+50038+2038051

http://www.napaonline.com/Search/Det...+50038+2038051

Rear:
http://www.napaonline.com/Search/Det...+50038+2038051

http://www.napaonline.com/Search/Det...+50038+2038051


Thanks in advance for all/any help!


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cross drilled or slotted rotors are better at dissipating heat which makes them perform better and less heat less chance of warping and break fade. Are they necessary for the XK no there not. the only real draw back of these rotors is price. If cost is a issue then cutting your rotors again might be the best but new rotors would be preferred if they have already been cut more then once. I have never had an issue with NAPA parts there cost effective and seem to be of good quality. I have used there brakes clutches all kinds of parts never had a problem. Don't forget about pads as well there just as important. You will have decisions to make here as well. Some pads produce less break dust handle heat better and last longer then others. Just buy the best pads you can afford and you will be fine. You can do this your self its really more time consuming for us weekend mechanics then hard. I'm sure you can find a video online that shows step by step. Napa pads are pretty good as well. good luck


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Check with your local Jeep dealer and see if they offer lifetime pads. I was told buy my dealer that they offered them and it was like $250 parts and labor. That might be a thought. I too am getting the shuttering when brakeing so I am gettting ready to do the brakes as well. I have look at the different autopart stores around and the rotors are 99 a peice. Good luck and let us know what you do.
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OEM brakes are crap. I would not get them again.

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Lots of places offer lifetime pads. The catch is they chose which pads to install and when they need replacement they have to do it and they do charge you the labor and tax to put the new pads on. Kinda keep you coming to them every time. I'm sure there not offering anything great for pads either. But if you can't do it yourself and going to pay to have the pads done every time might not be a bad option.


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Check with your local Jeep dealer and see if they offer lifetime pads. I was told buy my dealer that they offered them and it was like $250 parts and labor. That might be a thought. I too am getting the shuttering when brakeing so I am gettting ready to do the brakes as well. I have look at the different autopart stores around and the rotors are 99 a peice. Good luck and let us know what you do.
Napa does have them for $65 a piece front and back


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I have Hawk ceramics and NAPA Ultra premium rotors on my Comander, and I am very happy with both. My wife has a bad habit of warping rotors, and they haven't warped yet.
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Try partstrain.com- good selection, great prices, and amazingly fast delivery.
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Hard, quick braking in wet and cold wet weather is a great way to warp rotors....as in the 50 or less feet for a stop sign or light ...try to break more evenly and gradually to avoid this....
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Thanks for all the replies guys, I appreciate it.

It's looking like these might be a winner at the moment...

http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/JEEP-...ht_2523wt_1051


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