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Old 10-20-2015, 07:49 PM   #1
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Power Stop vs Motorcraft vs ???

Probably done to death but the search feature of Tapatalk is...well it doesn't even work right now.


I'm looking at new brake packages for my 2014 SE Hatchback with appearance package...ie 17" wheels.

RockAuto has drilled & slotted rotors & pad kits from Power Stop.

There's always OEM.

Is there something better that isn't gobs of money? I'm no boy racer so Brembos aren't necessary but what exists in the sub-$500 range? I'll need rotors as well as pads. I'd obviously be spending on calipers too if I'm upgrading to a larger system.

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if it's your daily then the motorcrafts should be just fine. if you want a little upgrade then maybe just add some Hawk pads or green stuff pads. Stop tech makes good rotors that aren't super expensive. I plan on keeping OEM rotors and getting some better pads when I do my brakes.
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Thanks for the input!

Anyone know if there's a rotor that fills the wheel like the more exotic cars?

Might be willing to blow the money on something that penisy...
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Thanks for the input!

Anyone know if there's a rotor that fills the wheel like the more exotic cars?

Might be willing to blow the money on something that penisy...
Bigger rotors require relocated calipers which require bigger wheels which require bigger tires.......
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I'd have thought there's room in these 17s for more rotor.
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Blank rotors offer best performance. Drilled and slotted is for appearance only with these cars. I would shy away from of Drilled as most are crap. All the Drilled and slotted will reduce the mass of the rotor which means it heats up more quickly.

For pads I like my carbotech street pads. No noise, dust is reasonable and they offer a bit more performance than oem. You can also grab their autocross pads but they put out a bit more noise and dust.
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For most people and that includes my self, high carbon disc rotors are the way to go. Bosch high carbon rotors, Centric High carbon rotors or Raybestos Advanced Technology rotors work well for most people and in my experience, have far less issues of rotor warping or run out (causes brake pedal pulsation when braking). You can convert your brakes to 2013-early 2014 ST Focus front brakes for less than $400 including rotors and pads. The calipers from Rock Auto or Ford run about $180 or so for the pair rebuilt (includes core charge of $100), caliper brackets (2) $85, plus whatever grade of pads and rotors you want and hardware kit. (I used the Centric High Carbon rotors part number 125.39038 Rock Auto has them for $58+) If noise isn't a consideration, then semi-metalic pads are a great choice, I used TRW pads (OEM grade) that sold locally on a introduction price of $20!

The usage of the ST rotor is about 1.5" larger in diameter and the pad has additional surface are of about 35% or so. This will be an upgrade from stock and can be done with all stock parts without modifications. It will fit the 17" rim, no problem, might even clear the 16" wheels (don't know for sure, but think so based upon clearance with the 17" stock alloy wheels).
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I put a total of 240,000 miles on the original rotors in two Fusions I have owned and never had any warpage or run out on them. Also now have 47,000 on my 2014 SE. No issues. I have not babied any of them. I replaced original pads with Duralast when needed. No difference in stopping power and my wheels are much cleaner than with OEM pads.
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My PO was an idiot and etched them with bald pads. Got the dealer to true the front but they lazily ignored the rear. I'm just like screwit I'll look into upgrades.

Thanks for the suggestions everyone. Keep 'em coming my mind is open!
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I got the powerstop OE kit for $202 and installed them. Working great for 8k now.
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