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I am in need of new front brake rotors on my Ď03 XJ8....
Several brands available, what would anyone recommend if I donít want to break the bank?
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3timeJag,

There are many brands out there, and personally I don't think any of them are bad, and I am amazed how cheap most of them are. I have used Brakemotive products on my Corvette as well as my wife's Honda CRV, and never had any complaints. I personally don't think you are achieving anything by paying premium prices, I think the quality for normal driving is fine with most suppliers out there plain, drilled, drilled and slotted etc. etc. The only thing I would recommend is buying the Akebono ceramic brake pads, they are top quality, have a great progressive feel to them, as well as almost zero brake dust.


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Excellent. Thank you SO much, and have a safe and prosperous 2019!
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Thank you so much! I see you have installed the TransGo valve upgrade...I bought it but have yet to have it installed. Highly recommend this? What did it cost you to install?
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Thank you so much! I see you have installed the TransGo valve upgrade...I bought it but have yet to have it installed. Highly recommend this? What did it cost you to install?
many thanks again!
I would have to say it is a must to install the Transgo upgrade., I paid $440.00 at my local (excellent) transmission shop. That was the valve, filter, and 6 or maybe 7 quarts/liters of trans fluid. (ZF-Lifeguard-5). The cheapest I've seen the Lifeguard is about $16.00 a liter.

If you are handy you can do it yourself, but I always leave transmission stuff to the experts, plus it's a PITA without a lift.


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Yep, I was thinking it is a must-do on my list. My tyranny guy, who is also excellent, says he’ll do it for me for around $300. We JUST serviced the tranny with new fluid and filter, says he can reclaim at least 90% of it. Thankfully, the fluid he originally removed was clear as a bell, according to him, so I should be good to go after the TransGo operation. Tranny was rebuilt about two years ago as well. Tensioners upgraded, new shocks and bushings/shock mounts all around too. I’m wanting to keep this one a long time.
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Thank you sir! These aren’t drilled or cross hatched, or whatever,....no need for that type of rotors? Ceramic or metallic pads?
 
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Tranny was rebuilt about two years ago as well. Tensioners upgraded, new shocks and bushings/shock mounts all around too. Iím wanting to keep this one a long time.
Sounds to me like pictures are a requisite!

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Thank you sir! These arenít drilled or cross hatched, or whatever,....no need for that type of rotors? Ceramic or metallic pads?
I run my rotors as close to OEM as I can get on these cars.
 
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Thank you sir! These arenít drilled or cross hatched, or whatever,....no need for that type of rotors? Ceramic or metallic pads?
Type of rotor is up to you, plain is fine, slotted and/or drilled-and-slotted are supposed to dissipate heat etc, and look cooler, but you can't see them with stock wheels, so whatever you want to spend.

As for the pads, personally I would go with the Akebono Ceramics, as stated previously.

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Oooh, excellent! Love the color, love the tints, love the pinstripe, has the quality steering wheel.......................all you need now is:


 
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Done! Didn’t realize that was a little older pic!
 
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done! Didn’t realize that was a little older pic!
Perfection!

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LOVE my Jag man, took me four tries to get a good one (long term keeper) 88, 91 and two 98’s...now the ‘03.... but it was so worth the journey! I try to improve it in some way every week, even if it doesn’t need it��....Love that red one of yours too!
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Eline drilled nickel plated from ebay. I have had good luck with them. brake them in slow.
 
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Eline drilled nickel plated from ebay. I have had good luck with them. brake them in slow.
I believe Zues is referring to the eline rotors from R1Concepts.com. They are based out of Southern California and sell through eBay, Amazon and directly from their website. Preface: I have always spent good money to get the better brake components throughout my long adult life. Two years ago I ran across a pkg. of rotors & pads for all four corners for a BMW 740iL. The deal was so good I didn't want to buy them. After further homework on the company and communicating with a number of guys who tried them for their heavy high performance cars ...I decide to approach the purchase as a test only to see if their was a new "kid on the block" working hard to compete with the big boys.

I made the purchase, did the installs myself and followed their break-in instructions to a tea. (break in hard is their method) I believe it's partly because their rotors are nickel plated. I bought the drilled & slotted rotors and their ceramic pads. They look amazing and perform very well! I am very impressed with their products.

However, in the future I will probably try their rotors again, but will probably go with the Akebono Euro ceramic pads!

 

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