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      12-18-2012, 12:59 AM   #1
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Shop to resurface rotors in SoCal

Could you guys recommend a reputable shop in LA area to resurface brake rotors? Thanks!
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      12-18-2012, 09:35 AM   #2
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You don't resurface BMW rotors, especially the cross drilled ones.
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      12-18-2012, 10:06 AM   #3
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You don't resurface BMW rotors, especially the cross drilled ones.

Why can't I? If I can't what is your recommendation ? But new ones or just throw a new set of pads?
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      12-18-2012, 10:09 AM   #4
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As far as I know you cannot resurface BMW rotors.
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      12-18-2012, 10:11 AM   #5
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Maybe it is just pas material smeared all over and can be taken off by some sort of stone...
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      12-18-2012, 10:48 AM   #6
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throw a new sets of pads.. they dont resurface rotors.. last time i check they dont... well the cross drilled once anyways.
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What's the problem you're having? Why do you need to resurface?
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What's the problem you're having? Why do you need to resurface?
I'll take a picture and post here. Maybe I don't, it's just some people told me.
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      12-18-2012, 11:53 PM   #9
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People say to not resurface drilled rotors. I think it may be mostly as it could damage the cutting tool on the brake machine. I had my drilled rotors resurfaced on my Tundra years back in El Monte with no issues. I would imagine if the thickness is still good it should not be an issue as long as you can find someone to do it.

Like other have stated this might not be needed for your particular situation, I am just letting you know that I have had drilled rotors turned.

Personally I think BMW says to not turn then as they want your $$$.

Post some pictures so others can chime in.
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Please just buy new rotors.. I would never consider having mine resurfaced.

Yes they are expensive but they last a pretty long time.
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      12-19-2012, 02:32 AM   #11
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People say to not resurface drilled rotors. I think it may be mostly as it could damage the cutting tool on the brake machine. I had my drilled rotors resurfaced on my Tundra years back in El Monte with no issues. I would imagine if the thickness is still good it should not be an issue as long as you can find someone to do it.

Like other have stated this might not be needed for your particular situation I am just letting you know that I have had drilled rotors turned.

Personally I think BMW says to not turn then as they want your $$$.

Post some pictures so others can chime in.

Here are the pictures. The other side is smooth, the outer side I can feel grooves and a lot of very hard baked on pad material. Can I use some sand paper to try to smooth it all out?
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      12-19-2012, 02:33 AM   #12
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Please just buy new rotors.. I would never consider having mine resurfaced.

Yes they are expensive but they last a pretty long time.
I think they are not too bad now. It is just one side of one rotor.
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What's the problem you're having? Why do you need to resurface?
aus, please check out the pics
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      12-19-2012, 04:24 AM   #14
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Since BMW covers breaks... why not just take it to them?
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You look to have a pretty good lip on those rotors. BMW goes by rotor thickness to determine replacement needs. I don't know the exact specs, but most likely you'll need to replace them. They're designed to be replaced with the stock pads.
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I have resurfaced tons of BMW M3 rotors (drilled) without a single problem. I do them myself and they come out perfect every time.
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I have resurfaced tons of BMW M3 rotors (drilled) without a single problem. I do them myself and they come out perfect every time.
Good to know!
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Malek, can't seem to PM you right now.

Could you give me a quote for an alignment and oil change? Thanks.
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      12-19-2012, 06:07 PM   #19
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I have resurfaced tons of BMW M3 rotors (drilled) without a single problem. I do them myself and they come out perfect every time.
Sweet! Do you think I need it? My plan is to put a set of original slightly worn OEM pads and see what happens, maybe they will clean up. Before I go with Endless pads.

Please let me know your shop address as well.
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I believe he's renewing his sponsorship so he may not be allowed to post
http://www.mrfengineering.com/

BTW thorny, how do you like those stoptech street performance pads. For just regular driving, any difference compared to OEM. Less dust?
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I believe he's renewing his sponsorship so he may not be allowed to post
http://www.mrfengineering.com/

BTW thorny, how do you like those stoptech street performance pads. For just regular driving, any difference compared to OEM. Less dust?
Thanks!

StopTech SP pads are perfect for street driving, no matter how aggressive, no noise and no dust. They are better than stock. I worn out two set of fronts and rears are still OK.
They are also somewhat OK on the track for beginners and intermediate level drivers. I do not recommend them for those who beat the sh&t of their brakes on the track.

By the way, I managed to remove all the nastiness from the rotor with sand paper (150 grit). I used a metal piece to keep it pressed evenly to the rotor and rotated the rotor with the other hand. It took me an hour to do that one side that looked bad. The outer and inner areas are still worn more, but this will allow me to get by until I upgrade my brakes
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      12-20-2012, 01:54 AM   #22
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Doesn't qualify as "resurfacing" but FWIW I've used stuff like this before to smooth out rotors. Regular sanding "discs" too.
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