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Old 08-04-2013, 05:05 PM   #1
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Brembo Blank Rotors = Do Not Buy!



Hey fanatics! The time has come for me to post my assessment on the Brembo Rotors which I bought from ECS Tuning.

First and foremost, I would like to say that ECS is a GREAT vendor, specifically my favorite, and this bad review has nothing to do with ECS themselves. They are great. Fast shipping, great prices, and all their parts have pictures and descriptions, which is unheard of from other vendors.

Secondly, I would like to point out that Brembo probably is the most well-known name in America when it comes to braking, and these guys are specialists in high performance Big Brake Kits, not to mention that they totally revolutionized the braking field years ago with their various products. HOWEVER, I urge you to get this supremely ingrained brand dedication out of your head, being that in my own opinion, these rotors I had SUCKED.

Why did they suck, you say? Well, let me tell you. They got old and rotted FAST. Unlike other rotors out there on the market, these rotors are not coated whatsoever, so after a little bit of weather (especially the winter), these things will become rust magnets and you can't prevent it. Some guys have applied WD-40 Anti Corrosion, or a special liquid called Frog Lube which is made for gun barrels. I didn't try this, and I shouldn't need to. If you do, make sure you do not apply on the braking surface. Just the hat and rim. But back to the topic. If you are south of the Snow Belt, then these might be a great buy for you, but if you live in a region that gets a lot of rain or snow; look for something else! I recommend the Zimmerman Coated Rotors!

I've had the Brembos for 2 years, and they were already rusted within the first 3 months. No good. I definitely suggest that Brembo start coating rotors, or specifically say that they are for cars that don't see the elements! They have great stopping power, and made no noise, and didn't distort. They also are probably great rotors, but the fact that they rusted so quickly (and are now deterrioating), totally killed my experience. Do not buy Fanatics.

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Old 08-04-2013, 05:38 PM   #2
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Mind sharing some pictures?

I'm not sure what to expect when you say "rust magnets". My rotors show some surface rust when I clean my car but it goes away after some hard braking.
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Old 08-04-2013, 06:02 PM   #3
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Are you talking about surface rust, or deep pitting? Surface rust would not concern me. If the rotors fail before the first set of pads wear out, you have grounds for complaint, and a lawsuit.


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I think he is talking not about the face of the rotor where the pad makes contact but the hat of the rotor,which is the part that sticks out and looks like a hat, lol, and the outer ridge area. This sounds to me like mainly a cosmetic issue which I can understand your frustration OP. The face of the rotor when it sits in the elements will get a little surface rust on any brand rotor because there is no coating on this part, but easily comes off with a few hard braking runs. The other areas should not become rusted and ugly looking with a brand like brembo. I can't believe that they don't coat their rotors. Nothing worse looking than a nice clean car with a rusted out set of brakes on it.


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Old 08-04-2013, 08:01 PM   #5
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+1 on Brembo blanks rusting like mofos.

Have maybe 5k miles on my rears and they look like they've been sitting in a junkyard.
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Old 08-04-2013, 08:05 PM   #6
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They all do that. It's just cosmetic. You need to get painted or CoatZ rotors if you don't want them to rust. Very, very minor IMHO, and not worth dismissing rotors for. If they stop your car well, don't vibrate, and last a long time, then they're good rotors.
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Not my pic, but looks exactly like this, except with more rusty shards hanging off.

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Not my pic, but looks exactly like this, except with more rusty shards hanging off.

Oh ****. Well if that's the case, they certainly don't all do that.

That looks hideous. I'd be pissed too if I found mine like that.
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Old 08-04-2013, 08:46 PM   #10
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Yeah, they literally kill the whole exterior of my car. I have amazing Chrome Style 220M's on my car, and those rusty rotors just destroy that flawless appearance. These things need taken off my car asap. Makes it look like an old Honda. I'm extremely displeased.
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I seriously considered Brembo blanks when I purchased my pads and rotors back in April. Ultimately I went with Zimmerman CoatZ rotors, I think I''m glad I did. When I did my research I found many were very satisfied with the Zimmerman's compared to others. Slightly dull finish, but as long as they don't look like those in the picture I'm glad- that looks absolutely terrible!
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You also have the option of painting the center part of the rotor with silver VHT spray.

My hub looks flawless, just the outer edge is a dirty orange.
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The fact that Brembo doesn't paint the rotor hats is common knowledge. A simple search reveals this. Nothing new here. You could just paint them before installing. Brake cleaner on it then rattle can it with high temp paint. The "rust" is just surface discoloration and has no effect on the rotors other than aesthetics. Yes it doesn't look great but this thread makes it sound like the rotors are junk which they aren't. Thread and thread title a bit too sensational for what it is.
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The fact that Brembo doesn't paint the rotor hats is common knowledge. A simple search reveals this. Nothing new here. You could just paint them before installing. Brake cleaner on it then rattle can it with high temp paint. The "rust" is just surface discoloration and has no effect on the rotors other than aesthetics. Yes it doesn't look great but this thread makes it sound like the rotors are junk which they aren't. Thread and thread title a bit too sensational for what it is.
I simply painted mine with rustoleum silver and a brush and they have looked great for months!
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My front brembos have been on for about 70k miles now and no issues with them. Yes, the rotor hats do rust but doesn't seem to have any issues with functionality.
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why i always buy rotors what have coated hats, never had that problem.

if it bothers you that much, take the wheel off, sand off the rust, spray it with high heat brake caliper paint. VIOLA!!! itll be black or whatever color you please and wont rust.
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The fact that Brembo doesn't paint the rotor hats is common knowledge. A simple search reveals this. Nothing new here. You could just paint them before installing. Brake cleaner on it then rattle can it with high temp paint. The "rust" is just surface discoloration and has no effect on the rotors other than aesthetics. Yes it doesn't look great but this thread makes it sound like the rotors are junk which they aren't. Thread and thread title a bit too sensational for what it is.
agreed, sounds a bit like an overreaction.
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The brembo discs are made of a cast steel that has the best properties for brakes but unfortunately is more prone to rust than the high-grade steel that cheaper discs use. Among conaisseurs, the rust of the brembos is a quality feature. You got to pick sides: do you want great function or do you want great optics. With brakes its hard to get both.
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The brembo discs are made of a cast steel that has the best properties for brakes but unfortunately is more prone to rust than the high-grade steel that cheaper discs use. Among conaisseurs, the rust of the brembos is a quality feature. You got to pick sides: do you want great function or do you want great optics. With brakes its hard to get both.
any source for this? i'm pretty sure its just paint.
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if it bothers you that much, take the wheel off, sand off the rust, spray it with high heat brake caliper paint. VIOLA!!! itll be black or whatever color you please and wont rust.
+5, should have known about paiting them before or clean and do it now. Crisis fixed.
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