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Well put Danny
 

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That mountain must not have been like the two my Wife goes over every day to work, and back home. I've had both of our Cruze's shaking badly going down either side. This is with both stock brakes, and EBC blank rotors with Hawk HPS pads that were bedded to the letter of Hawk's instructions.

I start at roughly 30-40 mph at the top, and by the bottom you have to use the brakes a lot because these cars just will not hold themselves back. When you get behind someone it's even worse. You can let them get ahead of you at the top, but by the middle to bottom of the mountain you have to be all over the brakes because they're poking along at 25, and the Cruze acts like a run away train because there's no compression braking.

For me personally I see no con's to the slotted rotors. I've had them before with no problems as far as brake shake compared to blank rotors. Now if I lived out where it's flat I definitely believe that blank rotors would suit me just fine.



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And because of that, I'll be putting slotted/cross drilled rotors on my car. Because I don't heat them up enough to even get remotely close to their limit.
So you're going to pay a lot more for looks - might as well add a fart can and stickers to your car. Good luck with drilled rotors and I hope they don't crack for you when you need them most.
 

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So you're going to pay a lot more for looks - might as well add a fart can and stickers to your car. Good luck with drilled rotors and I hope they don't crack for you when you need them most.
And derail it back to trash talk. This discussion was actually going pretty good too.
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On a side note here, what size are the front rotors on the Cruze? I'm getting two different sizes at 10.9" and 11.8".

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That mountain must not have been like the two my Wife goes over every day to work, and back home. I've had both of our Cruze's shaking badly going down either side. This is with both stock brakes, and EBC blank rotors with Hawk HPS pads that were bedded to the letter of Hawk's instructions.

I start at roughly 30-40 mph at the top, and by the bottom you have to use the brakes a lot because these cars just will not hold themselves back. When you get behind someone it's even worse. You can let them get ahead of you at the top, but by the middle to bottom of the mountain you have to be all over the brakes because they're poking along at 25, and the Cruze acts like a run away train because there's no compression braking.

For me personally I see no con's to the slotted rotors. I've had them before with no problems as far as brake shake compared to blank rotors. Now if I lived out where it's flat I definitely believe that blank rotors would suit me just fine.
My bad. My experience with Cruze brakes probably differs a LOT from the gas models...
 

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That mountain must not have been like the two my Wife goes over every day to work, and back home. I've had both of our Cruze's shaking badly going down either side. This is with both stock brakes, and EBC blank rotors with Hawk HPS pads that were bedded to the letter of Hawk's instructions.

I start at roughly 30-40 mph at the top, and by the bottom you have to use the brakes a lot because these cars just will not hold themselves back. When you get behind someone it's even worse. You can let them get ahead of you at the top, but by the middle to bottom of the mountain you have to be all over the brakes because they're poking along at 25, and the Cruze acts like a run away train because there's no compression braking.

For me personally I see no con's to the slotted rotors. I've had them before with no problems as far as brake shake compared to blank rotors. Now if I lived out where it's flat I definitely believe that blank rotors would suit me just fine.



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So as far as the shaking goes with the pad deposits, did you Rebed afterwards to remove the deposits?

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Good question, do they list them as front or rear? Gas or Diesel?
Listed as front, no other info. I was told by Smurfenstein that the diesel has 11.8" rotors, and the gas cars have the 10.9".

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No sir, was not aware that doing that would fix anything? Too late now to try it again?

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That's what I have always experienced is that bedding the rotors after a trip like that gets deposit build up gets you a *clean* rotor. Basically removes the built up pad deposit and smooths it back out.

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Just a quick update here - ordered hawk ceramics and centric premium rotors. Too many mixed reviews on brakeworld.com and disc italia.
 

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This was an interesting read.

I had to do an emergency brake job on my Cruze tonight.

Last night, after going out to eat with my wife, I heard the tell-tale "squeak" from my driver's side brake pad. I knew the pads were getting down there but the one inside pad was apparently just a little bit more worn.

Stopped at my usual Chevy dealer today during lunch and they had none in stock. Fortunately, I usually hit multiple counties in a day for work purposes and found a dealer with one set of OEM pads in stock for the bargain price of $100 (compared to list price of $144). Otherwise, I was going to have to hit up Advance Auto or NAPA on the way home.

I am not hard on my brakes and I actually like how they perform. The brakes grab quickly when needed, and the original pads lasted 3 days shy of 2 years and 99,230 miles. The original rotors are nice and smooth too, so I think I'll be good for a while now.

Btw, the Chevy parts dept. says the OEM pads are semi-metallic. (I was suspicious of this claim by the parts department as they were also telling me they do have a cheaper pad available for $65, which I thought would have been the semi-metallics.)
 

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So after all is said so far... is there any reason cross drilled/slotted would be a problem on a daily highway driver? Not concerned with cracking a rotor as they'll NEVER see that kind of trauma in the first place. Mostly concerned with stopping distance. I could also careless about pad replacements. Those are cheap and easy to do. Can someone answer this question directly without a loaded answer?
 
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