Brake Safety: Drilled and Slotted Rotors

As a whole, the brake system in your car will go through all kinds of wear and tear over time, especially as the years go on and the kilometers on your dash move beyond the 100 000km mark. It’s important to manage your brake discs, pads and brake fluid efficiently with each service, and to ask the right questions when you can hear (as you brake) that wear and tear is starting to set in slowly. Today, we’ll explore drilled and slotted rotors; a particular car part that maximises efficiency and safety. We’ll take a look at the range available, and also let you know how you can go about getting your hands on any brake related parts from an affordable and reliable supplier.

What are Drilled & Slotted Rotors?

Drilled & slotted brake discs give your vehicle double functionality in a sense. These parts — which combine the efficiency of slotted and cross-drilled rotors — tend to be used more in heavier vehicles, that have big loads to lug around, but are not uncommon in lighter vehicles these days. In a nutshell, the heavier your vehicle is, the more effort it takes for your brakes to get the car to come to a stop. A drilled & slotted brake disc gives you an extra layer of stability and reassurance when on the road, reducing heat and energy to help the car come to a quick stop, provided your brake pads are also in good working condition.

Drilled & Slotted Rotors: Range of Products

While there are many different types of rotors to consider if you’re looking to make a modification to your personal or business vehicle, the following brands are a good place to start:

  • Power Stop offers decent brake kits as a whole, but the K1614 brake kit comes with both drilled & slotted brake rotors as well as brake pads, giving you a great amount of added value, for under ten grand.
  • StopTech’s sport range offers individual rotors for around R2000 each. While the company focuses a lot on aesthetics (and it shows when you see these rotors), they clearly don’t skimp on quality and safety either. Have a look at their range and you’ll get what we mean.
  • e-Line also sells kits, giving you a little bit of extra value, if you’re willing to spend a little more. If you consider these guys, have a read of some of their reviews on Amazon, and be sure to fit your product to the make of your vehicle as a rule. 
  • EBC likes to promote the fact that their rotors are especially proficient at drawing cool air into the braking contact area and reducing overall heat quickly and without hassle. You can get two for around R5 000, though you should be mindful that these renowned parts are usually designed more for sports driving, so keep your needs front of mind before any purchase.

How Do I Learn More About These Rotors?

Safety Brake & Clutch is a South African company that specialises in brake and clutch repair, replacement and maintenance. With decades of experience, it’s a good idea to contact them if you’d like to learn more about what they do, how you should go about deciding on the parts you need, as well as the costs involved to fit them. That said, you should be well on your way. Good luck!