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New (aftermarket) Rotors?

I'm looking at replacing my rotors as (best I can tell) they are fairly deeply grooved.
As we can no longer buy brand new OEM ones, and have to rely on pickings of used ones from Ebay (not too sure I want to rely on used)

I found on BikeBandit a set of aftermarket ones from EBC
http://www.bikebandit.com/ebc-pro-li...rotor?m=150243

Does anyone have any experience with these? (good/bad)

Also, I was under the impression that two rotors were identical. Any idea why they list them separately and at different prices?

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I'm looking at replacing my rotors as (best I can tell) they are fairly deeply grooved.
As we can no longer buy brand new OEM ones, and have to rely on pickings of used ones from Ebay (not too sure I want to rely on used)

I found on BikeBandit a set of aftermarket ones from EBC
http://www.bikebandit.com/ebc-pro-li...rotor?m=150243

Does anyone have any experience with these? (good/bad)

Also, I was under the impression that two rotors were identical. Any idea why they list them separately and at different prices?
Oh really? I found brand new OEM rotors HERE. Part# 41080.

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i am still running stock rotors but i read up on these and they seem to be ok the difference in part numbers i am not sure
what i would do is buy the cheaper side see if it fits both sides and if there is a difference buy the other one if they are the same buy another of the same

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Dunno about bikes, but Im sure its the same, but I been running aftermarket rotors on my cars/trucks for years. Theyre "supposed" to be able to pass the same standards as OEM....I never had a problem.



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I had aftermarket rotors on my truck and they lasted a long time, but eventually fell apart due to the nasty winters up here. Bikes should do fine with aftermarket rotors as long as the surface area is the same and heat can be dissipated. But since we are slowing down with engine, fancy rotors are really mostly just for looks right? I am considering rotors since my stock one up front is pretty grooved up.

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Mic yours first...should have the minimum thickness stamped right on it....you may get away with cuttin yours...the VNs were pretty much made to never be cut, lol...ride and toss...



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Mic yours first...should have the minimum thickness stamped right on it....you may get away with cuttin yours...the VNs were pretty much made to never be cut, lol...ride and toss...
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Mic yours first...should have the minimum thickness stamped right on it....you may get away with cuttin yours...the VNs were pretty much made to never be cut, lol...ride and toss...
Did you just call me a Mic? Jokes on you I am Italian, although there is some Irish. .

hehe just playing, its late....

I will have to check that thickness thing, the other thing I will do is check my parts to see if i have new pads too.

I noticed some replacement rotors out there with holes in them - really not much material, wonder if that would be better for less rotating mass? I dont want to loose panic braking ability though.

Anyway that is all

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Did you just call me a Mic? Jokes on you I am Italian, although there is some Irish. .

hehe just playing, its late....

I will have to check that thickness thing, the other thing I will do is check my parts to see if i have new pads too.

I noticed some replacement rotors out there with holes in them - really not much material, wonder if that would be better for less rotating mass? I dont want to loose panic braking ability though.

Anyway that is all

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the holes in the rotor are there to help dissipate heat faster than non-drilled rotors. Cooler pads = better braking.

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Oh really? I found brand new OEM rotors HERE. Part# 41080.
Cool, Gonna have to bookmark that site. Though the aftermarkets are still cheaper, will probably end up going with them.

Thanks for the input guys!

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