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High Quality Brake Rotors/Disks
on August 20, 2007
I bought these rotors to replace the OEM ones in my 2001 Accord V6. They came in red Brembo boxes that included quality certification documentation, as well as a marketing brochure. It also contained the two screws that hold the rotor in place. The side label in the box says: "Made in Italy", and it references part numbers "45251-S87-A00" and "09.7932.10"
The first impression I got when pulling the rotor out of the box is quality. The parts are precisely machined with a bright and shiny finish. They are coated in some sort of anti-corrosive oil.
The most difficult part of installing new rotors was to remove the old ones. The two screws that hold each rotor in place have a tendency to corrode and seize. I was able to remove the ones in the driver's side by using an impact driver. However, the screws in the passenger side stripped. Therefore, I ended drilling the heads off the screws. After removing the disk the remainder of the screws came off easily by turning them by hand. Once the old rotors were off, the new ones were easily installed. I put lots of anti-seize grease on the new holding screws.
I installed new OEM brake pads as well. The break performance is great. Very smooth, no vibration and the brakes have a nice bite to them. I have not tested them hard yet because I am following the 300 mile bedding procedure labeled in the box. However, I will post an update when the time comes.
~30,000 miles and the Brembo rotors still working great. I realize that five years after I originally purchased the rotors they are no longer made in Italy but China instead. I believe Brembo has many rotor factories around the world. I paid ~$60/each for my "Made in Italy" rotors so keep that in mind. Nowadays, it is hard to find Made in USA rotors anymore. For two different vehicles I had great results (similar to my Brembos experience) with Autozone Duralast (Chinese) rotors. They were ~$27/piece. A word of advise is to get rotors that come with a crosshatch finish on both surfaces. This will make the brake pads seat perfectly and result in great braking performance.