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post #1 of 11 Old 08-07-2017, 11:38 AM Thread Starter
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It's time to buy new rotors, and I'm shopping around on line for the best price. There are a lot of OEM middleman suppliers out there with some good prices, and there are also a lot of horror stories about hidden costs, awful customer service, long waits, etc I was just looking for some info from you guys about who you use, and whether it was a smooth experience with them. I've used Rocky Mountain ATV for OEM stuff in the past, but there are other places like Partzilla that are lower (but also have what seems like a lot of complaints on line about customer service).

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Prices are good, knowledgeable personnel and fast shipping

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I've always found Oneida to charge way too much for shipping (YMMV). If buying online I use Ron Ayers ronayers.com: Online Shopping Motorsports Parts and have for years. Never had a hiccup and good prices.

HOWEVER, I am a firm believer of making friends at the local dealership. That face to face relationship goes a lot farther in my opinion and my discount ends up being about the same as online
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I don't have a local dealership. That's one of the reasons I do most of my own maintenance. Nearest dealer to me is about a two hour round trip.

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Rocky MT. ATV for me.

Quick shipping, good prices.

Also it shows if something is out of stock right on the fiche page.
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I've been using BikeBandit.com for a few years and have no complaints. They cover both OEM for the major brands and all the aftermarket parts you would expect. The website is extremely well organized so as to witch back and forth between OEM and aftermarket for the same bike.

And if you are a AMA member they offer an additional 10% on most stuff.

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I have used RonAyers.com on numerous occasions, good service. For aftermarket I usually go with Denniskirk.Com. I do agree that when possible the local dealer is a good bet. Mine generally matches the online price.

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I usually shop around for the best price (including shipping costs), and frequently end up at Oneida Suzuki, Ron Ayers, Rocky Mt ATV, or MR Cycles. And have never had an issue. I also try to wait and order several items together to make shipping costs better. I have also had good service from RevZilla, Twisted Throttle, and Dennis Kirk.

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How worn are the rotors? I put 200+K miles on my R65LS BMW. The rotors were grooved noticeably but the new pads always bedded in and braked fine.
On my side car rig I put a new front rotor and after a single 3000 mile trip it was starting to groove. I gave up after that.
I never experienced a lack of braking ability on either bike.
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The rear disc when new is .20 inches. Service manual recommends they be replaced at anything under .18 inches. My rear disc is at .1529, after 35 months of riding and 40,000 miles. The rear has already lost 23 percent of its total thickness, which means that it's lost a lot more than that of its usable thickness (since you can't grind a disc down to nothing). There is also a lip formed on the inner surface of the disc. With that sort of wear, I'm going to replace it before it becomes a problem, because at this rate it's going to wear down to the point of warpage sooner than later.

The wear may have been accelerated when I put EBC HH pads with OEM rotors on the bike at 32,000 miles. I was leaving on a trip and didn't have time to wait for a set of OEM pads to get here, so I used the EBC ones. I probably won't use them again and stick with OEM.

I know that a lot of guys never have to change their brake discs. I've never had to change them on a bike I've owned before this. Guess there's a first time for everything.

I bought a new OEM rear disc from Rocky Mountain ATV, along with new OEM pads. They weren't the cheapest, but they've always been a very reliable company to deal with when it comes to OEM stuff. Other companies like Partzilla were cheaper, but there is a long list of customer complaints on line about them, so I opted to pay a little more and avoid any headaches.

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