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post #1 of 41 Old 06-20-2014, 01:59 AM Thread Starter
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Cool **Made in China Brake Rotor Review

Hey all -

I bought these a month ago so I figured now's a good time for a review. I bought my 2006 wee with 41k miles last September....up to 46K miles now. The brakes were spongy & the rotors were rusted so I immediately bled the lines, upgraded with SS lines, sanded the rotors, and tried to free up the buttons. That satisfied me until a hot January day (we don't have seasons any more thanks to the CA drought) when I noticed the rotors were also quite warped and it felt like I was stopping a Road King.

This is the cheapest bike I've owned so instead of forking $200 a piece for rotors, plus pads and install, I took a chance on the Chinese knock offs from Ebay (link below). I paid $180 (no tax, free ship) for the front pair, bought new bolts for $20, HH pads for another $75, and had the dealer install for an hour labor. All in all about $375 total instead of close to $600.

If you're rotors are shot like mine were and want piece of mind, I wouldn't hesitate to buy these....just be sure to buy new bolts too. Stainless steel 420, aluminum alloy 6061 center.

Front Brake Disc Rotor for Suzuki DL V Strom 650 1000 SV s Kawasaki KLV 02 08 | eBay
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post #2 of 41 Old 06-21-2014, 05:32 PM
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The real test will be how long they last. Keep us posted. I have my doubts that quality control in a Chinese auto parts factory is held to the same standard as a Suzuki (or reliable aftermarket manufacturer) OEM part, but I could be wrong. Let us know how they hold up.

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post #3 of 41 Old 06-21-2014, 06:14 PM
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I put a set of these same rotors on last fall. I only have about 4K miles on them, but they are working out great.

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post #4 of 41 Old 06-21-2014, 09:10 PM
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China stuff's quality is really coming up in the world. Enjoy the low prices now, 'cause they ain't going to last forever.
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post #5 of 41 Old 06-23-2014, 08:08 AM
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I've been running a pair , with the gold spider , for a few years now with no problems whatsoever . Wouldn't hesitate to do it again.

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post #6 of 41 Old 06-23-2014, 12:54 PM
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I am using one on the rear. After a couple thousand miles its working fine. The only fault I noticed is that the factory disc mics out at 5 mm and the China version 4.8 mm. Wear min. is 4.5 mm and my old one was at 4.2 mm when changed (83,000 mi.). Might not last as long, but at the price difference it's worth a try.

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post #7 of 41 Old 06-23-2014, 03:28 PM
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I bought these last week from racingboy8261, there are a lot of positive comments on various sport bike and other forums about these:

Front Rear Brake Rotor Disc for Suzuki DL650 DL1000 Vstorm 650 1000 04 06 02 10 | eBay

I wanted to replace the rear over the weekend so I paid the extra $30 for fast shipping and they were ordered Saturday, delivered following Thursday. I put the rear on yesterday along with a good caliper clean, new pads, new fluid. Test rode 40 miles and works fine. Time will tell. I'm doing the fronts this week along with new piston seals, pads etc.. My stock ones were just below spec at 4.4mm at 80K miles. The new discs are all 5mm.

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post #8 of 41 Old 06-29-2014, 01:01 AM Thread Starter
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Yep Ceke, those are the ones! Glad to see others doing the same. I bought them thinking the dealer would tell me not to install them, but they were all for them too. I agree about China's quality coming up; not 99% like the Japanese but I'll take 90% sometimes.
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post #9 of 41 Old 06-29-2014, 11:38 AM
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I put a couple hundred miles on the fronts this week and they are great, 2 finger braking and really good feedback. I can't remember if the front brakes were this good when the bike was new . I expect they will get better once they are fully bedded in. I'm using the EBC HH sintered brake pads front and back.

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post #10 of 41 Old 06-30-2014, 04:13 AM
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I have to sound a sour note on the Chinese disks as after a year of use with my GSXR calipers the brakes began to shudder enough that I put the originals back on. Perhaps it's the Galfer pads as the pulsing at low speed is slightly present with the original disks but not as pronounced as with the Chinese disks.
I tried to measure runout but my rudimentary equipment was inconclusive.

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