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I have a vibration on freeway braking that looks to be coming from a slightly warped front disc brake rotor.

Shopping for replacements, I see that "Brakebest" brand has three different rotors that fit, for a range of prices. I've seen from my research that the more expensive rotors are usually better matched with ceramic pads, and the cheaper rotors with organic or semi metallic pads - how can I find out which combination of rotor and pad types are most suited to my car?

  • Welcome to the site @samsmith. Unfortunately your question is requesting shopping assistance, which is off topic. There's no right or wrong answer, it's about your budget, and it leads to opinion based answers. – GdD Oct 16 '18 at 7:59
  • tagging this question as opinion-based as the definition of "best rotor for the price" differs from person to person. Anyways, my suggestion is for you to find a seller that caries oem brake rotors. the rotor will definitely be at spec and is a lot cheaper compared to buying it in a honda dealership – Akira Midori Oct 16 '18 at 8:01
  • @GdD I disagree. It turns out that the more expensive rotors are usually better matched with ceramic pads, and the cheaper rotors with organic or semi metalic. My research indicates there is method to the crazy, but since y'all have shut down this thread, looks like these details will not be discussed on SE. – samsmith Oct 16 '18 at 16:02
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    @Samsmith, you didn't ask that question, it was "how do I make the right choice?". Asking "How do I match pads with discs" or "What's the mechanical difference between these disks" would definitely be on topic, and one we'd be happy to answer if you'd like to edit. – GdD Oct 16 '18 at 16:15
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    @samsmith - I apologize for any misconceptions, but this is a shopping question, pure and simple. You even state right in your question: "Shopping for replacements ..." I'm not sure how this isn't a shopping question. If you'd like to ask a new question or edit this question so it's not about shopping, please feel free to. If you believe there is a bigger issue, please send an email to the Community Moderation team. We welcome everyone, but shopping assistance is not one of those questions we entertain. – Pᴀᴜʟsᴛᴇʀ2 Oct 17 '18 at 1:30
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The choice of brake components largely depends on the type of use. For most everyday drivers, I'd generally recommend going for OEM specification discs(rotors) and pads - the manufacturers put a lot of research effort into designing everything to match.

If you're a heavy user, however, you might want to think about upgrading - a racing driver, for example, would need a combination that won't fade with frequent, heavy use over short periods, so would likely go for top-end ceramic pads and matching discs. This of course leads to a tradeoff, with those components having a shorter lifespan and higher costs - fine if you're a racing driver, not so good if you're using it for commuting!

Personally I would always avoid the cheapest ones too - brakes and tyres are all you've got to stop you in an emergency, so scrimping on them could easily become a false economy.

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