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If you do alot of mudding dont get them, mud gets in the slots and reduces your braking. But if your like me that only hauls a dirt bike and some quads you should be fine. Plan on getting sime slotted rotors when my brakes need dine
You might want to look into WHY your rotors are warping. There is likely a reason behind it and you haven't mentioned whether or not you've attempted to fix the problem.
Have you also made sure your rear drums are adjusted properly and not sticking? I've seen on here folks with the same problem and the drums doing their part actually fixed the problem.
Back in the good ol' days..... when brake pads were made of asbestos, and various other "hazardous" materials, when the pads got hot, (when you stepped on the brakes hard, or frequently....) they would 'out-gas', and you would lose breaking effectiveness. With todays pad materials, that is pretty much a non-issue for street-driven vehicles. (especially trucks....) The idea behind the slots, or cross-drilled rotors, was to give those gases a place to go, rather than between the pad, and rotor.... making brakes work better. Not really necessary today.
If your rotors are constantly warping, need to find out WHY. If they have been turned down below spec, they won't be very tolerant to heating..... if you have calipers sticking, that will warm them right up too.... rear brakes being out of adjustment will force the fronts to do more of the work, and that heats them up as well.
I have. Looked into this sooo much.. It's crazy...I have changed out the back new drums then turned them and new shoes and front as well even new calipers. But they continue to warp I say within a yrs time. I'm just thinking that this truck hard on them. But it seems when are you leaving? I first got this truck I did have any issue at all with them, until that first change over....I even went to ceramic instead of the semi metallic. I have posted this on this forum before and still I haven't figured it out. But I won't be getting the slotted ones just the solid ones. As far as the rotors I one got ones from napa, but started out with autozone.