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I have a 2011 Nissan GTR. When the time comes to replace the pads will I also need to replace the rotors ir is this a rumor?

I have worked on cars and bikes all my life and have always understood that rotors should only be replaced when warped, cracked, or under service limit. I only use my GTR for weekend use. I rarely use the brakes to stop aggressively (my pads are still at 10mm after 11k miles). This being said I beleive I'm being very kind to my rotors now.

What do you guys understand in this matter?
 

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I have a 2011 Nissan GTR. When the time comes to replace the pads will I also need to replace the rotors ir is this a rumor?

I have worked on cars and bikes all my life and have always understood that rotors should only be replaced when warped, cracked, or under service limit. I only use my GTR for weekend use. I rarely use the brakes to stop aggressively (my pads are still at 10mm after 11k miles). This being said I beleive I'm being very kind to my rotors now.

What do you guys understand in this matter?
That was the original claim by Nissan.

They may not approve of our approach, but it is perfectly safe.

Replace pads ONLY until rotors need replacement. OEM rotors are worthless anywhere but on the street. They crack. Quickly. We recommend aftermarket rotors, but the dealership won't do it for you. You either DIY, or take it to a good shop with lots of brake experience.

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My GTR is only used on the street. It never has and never will see the track. I hardly ever even get hard on the brakes. They shouldn't ever crack right?
 

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My GTR is only used on the street. It never has and never will see the track. I hardly ever even get hard on the brakes. They shouldn't ever crack right?
They'll still crack. It will just take years longer. Cross drilled rotors are cursed to that fate. But, when the pads get low, just replace the pads unless the rotors are cracked and worn. The Nissan guys are just trying to not end up with a lawsuit over a shattered rotor on some baller who just replaces pads but ignores the rotor even when it's cracked all to crap. They are the most important safety item on the car.

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Thank you. yes the cracking part I understand and I would never drive with cracks on my rotors? As far as "worn", how do I measure that? Is it by measuring disc thickness?
 

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http://www.2009gtr.com/2010/12/used-nissan-gt-r-buyers-guide-2009-2011.html

Nissan's official stance(2009-2010) is to replace the brake rotors, and brake pads, as a set.
An entire set any time you need to replace them. 4 rotors, 4 sets of pads. Pricing it out, most guys come up with a brake change in the $7000 range.

2011: brake pads can be separately replaced only when a certified technician checks for scratches and cracks and judges that the brake disc rotors are reusable. Of course, since 2008 plenty of people have replaced the factory Brembo rotors that crack from the cross drilled holes, with new rotors, and differing pads than stock. The brake rotors are a wear item, and are not likely to be covered under any warranty.

You don't need to follow Nissan's recommendations on brake pads or rotors. This is their first 193 mph car, sold at Nissan dealers nationwide. They wanted to be safe than sorry. Anyone that races cars, or lots of experience can let you know the condition, and their recommendations.

The factory rotors crack under mildly hard use.
 

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Thanks Sean

I guess when my pads get low I'll have an experienced tech look at them. See you soon for the skid plate install
 

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My GTR is only used on the street. It never has and never will see the track. I hardly ever even get hard on the brakes. They shouldn't ever crack right?
With the way you say you drive your car, the rotors will probably outlast your ownership of the car, unless your the type that hangs on to the same car for a really long time.
 

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Well that's good to hear! Yeah I only get semi-hard on the brakes when I take friends or family for a quick joy ride. I think I've only pressed them "hard" twice only. Yeah sad... but I work so damn much I barely get to drive my GTR.
 

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Thanks for the heads up! It helps a lot
 
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