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Question Too Many Brake Options, need a little help 4 my R/T

Well, after 70k on the original stock rotors and pads, I need new brakes. I didn't hear a wear indicator squeak, just metal to metal grinding, yuck.

After reading about brake setups here for months, I see mention of slotted, drilled and slotted, warping, normal (stock-ish) non-slotted and drilled, ... I have also read about different pads from Bendix, Hawks, ...

So, I have a 2001 R/T and am not too hard on my brakes (hard on the gas though). What is the best setup for my ride (I donít want to go too crazy on the price)? My current options (not in order of preference) are:

1) slotted - hawks
2) slotted/drilled - hawks
3) slotted - Bendix
4) slotted/drilled - Bendix
5) Napa or AutoZone Lifetime - ceramic
6) Napa or AutoZone Lifetime - carbon
7) any other brake setup suggestions are welcomed

So, what is the best bang for the buck? I read in a couple of threads that some had issues with warping for the slotted/drilled rotors. What about the slotted only rotors? I need all 4 corners replaced.

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The OEM lasted you 5 years. Slots and cross drilled will make their own brand of noise. Changing the compound of the pads without changing the bias valving can make the front take too much of the load and make the car want to swap ends in an emergency brake and turn avoidence type move. I played with three combonations before going back to stock OEM from Dodge two years ago. I won't play with it again unless I go all the way and do some bias valve changes. I had several instances of front lock up in the rain with very light pressure and NO feeling of rear braking what so ever (no ABS on my sport BTW). Sounds like you need to get the brakes done NOW. You don't have time to research if they are that gone. Call your dealership for parts price, you may be surprised how cheap.

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if you go with OEM, check here--> https://www.dodgeintrepid.net/forums/...ad.php?t=30667
they are very cheap compared to local dealer prices and also very helpful. if you are in a desperate measure situation. go with some quality made in america rotors. or see if you can simply get yours turned. no point in wasting $$ if you don't have to. i am currently using borg/wagner thermoquiets and have zero complaints. very, very minimal brake dust and no noise. there are bendix pads you can get from different shops that basically give you a free set of pads once the new ones wear out. hope this helps out...
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Sounds good. OEM it is!

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The OEM lasted you 5 years. Slots and cross drilled will make their own brand of noise. Changing the compound of the pads without changing the bias valving can make the front take too much of the load and make the car want to swap ends in an emergency brake and turn avoidence type move. I played with three combonations before going back to stock OEM from Dodge two years ago. I won't play with it again unless I go all the way and do some bias valve changes. I had several instances of front lock up in the rain with very light pressure and NO feeling of rear braking what so ever (no ABS on my sport BTW). Sounds like you need to get the brakes done NOW. You don't have time to research if they are that gone. Call your dealership for parts price, you may be surprised how cheap.

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First of all, in a proper brake design, the fronts are designed to lock up first. That is so you don't lose control of the vehicle. Sounds like your issues are more related to tires than to brakes. My winter tires are much easier to skid than the summer tires on dry and wet pavement. Obviously the winter tires are much better in the snow and slush. I have also tried many different combinations and have noticed no difference when it comes to lockup. The tires are what stops your car. The brakes just slow it down.
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This was a few years ago with Michelin XGT-Z4 tires. The pad compound was the issue.
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