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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 11-11-2010, 01:32 PM Thread Starter
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Crazy Update? Brake Pads/Rotors

Fellow XLR members,

I've read almost every single post of the threads on this "Brake" section and haven't arrived to a conclusion on what I should do with my brake squeaking problem.

I've just bought my car and it doesn't have warranty, therefore I've started doing some research between what my options are. I used to own a 00 C5 before this car and did plenty of wrenching on it so changing brake components isn't a huge deal.

What seems to be the issue here is the quality of materials... I'm just wondering if anyone has a NEWER update regarding successful brake pad/rotor replacement/upgrades.

I came upon a thread where a member stated that 04 C5 rotors were a direct swap for the 04 XLR. Would the same apply from the 06 C6 to the 06 XLR? I know there are plenty more rotor/pads providers for the Vette jungle.

As it stands right now, i'm sitting here debating between Irotors package of pads and rotors or with OEM parts replacing.

Please help me out and let me know what your last brake change issues were or your recommendations are.

Thank you ALL in advance.
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post #2 of 7 (permalink) Old 11-11-2010, 06:41 PM
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Fellow XLR members,

I've read almost every single post of the threads on this "Brake" section and haven't arrived to a conclusion on what I should do with my brake squeaking problem.

I've just bought my car and it doesn't have warranty, therefore I've started doing some research between what my options are. I used to own a 00 C5 before this car and did plenty of wrenching on it so changing brake components isn't a huge deal.

What seems to be the issue here is the quality of materials... I'm just wondering if anyone has a NEWER update regarding successful brake pad/rotor replacement/upgrades.

I came upon a thread where a member stated that 04 C5 rotors were a direct swap for the 04 XLR. Would the same apply from the 06 C6 to the 06 XLR? I know there are plenty more rotor/pads providers for the Vette jungle.

As it stands right now, i'm sitting here debating between Irotors package of pads and rotors or with OEM parts replacing.

Please help me out and let me know what your last brake change issues were or your recommendations are.

Thank you ALL in advance.
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I got mind for my Corvette Brakes and Rotors Drilled and slotted off ebay they have them on there for a XLR 06. I went with hawk high performance pads and they are great abdsolutely no nosie and you will be impressed when you apply your brakes. You can get the rotors and pads for around $500 however, if you check frequently you will be able to find them cheaper. I dont know if you have used ebay but after you find the first set just keep looking and there may be other post past that point. I took them to Brake Max and they charged me $80 to put them on and the cost of brake fluid.

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Awesome advice Speedway!

I had Hawk HPS pads on my monster C5 : they are solid performers. I think I like this route better than the rest that have been advertised.

I may try to see the difference in price between OEM replacements and the ebay products... but then again it seems that in order to get rid of the squeaking I shouldn't be mixing GM with Non-GM products as some have experienced residual effects from this.

At this point I'm thinking all or nothing, meaning that I either do a full 4 rotor and pads swap or live with the squeaking for a tad bit longer. I don't think that the problem can be narrowed down and addressed from the experiences posted on here.

Yes I've used the auction site and will start turning my attention to it

Thanks again for your time and feedback.

You have any pictures of the finished product btw? Did you go with cross-drilled and slotted or just drilled/slotted? Zinc plated? you can send me pictures at [email protected] or just put them up here! I'd love to see them!

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Awesome advice Speedway!

I had Hawk HPS pads on my monster C5 : they are solid performers. I think I like this route better than the rest that have been advertised.

I may try to see the difference in price between OEM replacements and the ebay products... but then again it seems that in order to get rid of the squeaking I shouldn't be mixing GM with Non-GM products as some have experienced residual effects from this.

At this point I'm thinking all or nothing, meaning that I either do a full 4 rotor and pads swap or live with the squeaking for a tad bit longer. I don't think that the problem can be narrowed down and addressed from the experiences posted on here.

Yes I've used the auction site and will start turning my attention to it

Thanks again for your time and feedback.

You have any pictures of the finished product btw? Did you go with cross-drilled and slotted or just drilled/slotted? Zinc plated? you can send me pictures at [email protected] or just put them up here! I'd love to see them!

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I went with cross drilled and slotted. If you get them you want a Zinc plated most have that. No pictures. When you go to ebay just enter under search 2006 Cadillac XLR there will be a lot of post just save the ones you like in favorites places and continue on. Many times you will find better deals in older post. Sometimes they will give you the Hawk pads as part of the deal I got that with mind. When you have these deals scroll down and they all have pictures. BTW, you can bid but you will also see many post that will give you a great deal and it will say "buy Now" at and it will show you the price. Glad to be of help.

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I believe that all base C6 parts will fit on a base XLR... and all Z51 C6 parts will fit on a XLR-V.

I did a full Z06 upgrade a while back...

https://www.xlrforum.com/showthread.php?t=6312

For what its worth - I didn't like the Hawk HPS pads at all... although they were quiet, I thought they were very dusty and didn't brake very well with a weak initial bite (if any) and faded quickly upon heavy pressure... I think they made a perfectly good set of street brakes but didn't do well at all for aggressive driving.

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Hi Deadringer, so it's true that all base C6 Corvette brake parts will fit all base XLR cars? I have a brand new set of front and rear slotted rotors that belong on a 2007 Corvette and was wondering if they would fit my base XLR. They look identical.
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My 2005 XLR developed a terrible brake noise. It was the traditional screeching you typically hear when the brake pads are low on pad material. However, a visual of the brakes you could see plenty of pad on the outside pads. After disassembling, the problem was obvious. The inside pads were worn considerably more than the out side pads. Rears where almost out of pad material. Since I drive the car everyday, to and from work I decided to turn the original rotors and go back on with factory original pads. I used the adhesive that was supplied with the pads for nose reduction. The brake noise has been gone now for 2 months and I'm very happy with the braking performance. If I was doing some racing or shows I might have considered drilled and/or sloted or stainless steel or zinc plated rotors. Given the normal driving I do, I decided to keep it original. Again, I'm happy with the results.

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