Can I take the front rotors and put them in the back

Yes that’s fine – in fact it’s normal. Front brakes do about 80% of the work, so they’ll wear out much faster than the rears. The only thing you must never do is work on only one SIDE of the vehicle. This can cause dangerous brake imbalance.

Can you put front rotors on the rear?

Often front and rear rotors are different. Sometimes the front rotors are larger, and in many cases, rear rotors are slightly different to accommodate the parking brake. One quick option would be to find part numbers for front and rear rotors for your vehicle and see if they’re the same part.

Can you install rotors backwards?

You can install straight vane rotors and pillar vane rotors on either side of the vehicle. Curved vane rotors are directional.

Can you swap rotors left and right?

Well, its not completely necessary to change both if only one is flawed. But you really do want both your left and right sides operating at the same specs/rating. You don’t want one side stopping harder than the other. It really is safest to change both at once (when it comes to sides).

Why front and rear rotors are different?

Larger Brake Rotors: Today, front brake rotors are designed to be larger in diameter than the ones located at the rear of a car. This is done in order to provide more stopping torque when the brakes are applied. Thicker Brake Rotors: Modern front brake rotors are also designed to be much thicker than the rear rotors.

Are the front and back rotors the same?

The rotors are similar looking (same number of holes,same shape). The fronts have a single purpose, they get grabbed by the brake caliper and slow the truck. The rears are slightly smaller, as they do less of the braking. The rears actually contain two braking surfaces.

Are front and back brakes the same?

Front brakes handle most of the braking force and build up most of the friction heat. Rear brakes take on less braking force but provide stability to prevent spin-outs and rollovers.

Can brake rotors go on either side?

Most replacement Brake Rotors are not directional. They can be installed on either side of the vehicle. However, some performance rotors are meant to spin in a specific direction. If your rotors are directional, they will be marked.

Does it matter which side the rotor goes on?

Slotted rotors



The direction of the slots on the outside of the rotor do not dictate whether the rotor is a left or a right. For rotors with slots machined in the same direction as the internal cooling vanes, the slots should lean toward the back of the car.

Can you turn slotted rotors?


You can cutter machine a drilled and slotted rotor just at your brake lathe to its slowest setting to avoid any chatter. We took a used rotor to a nearby mechanic.

Can you mix brake rotors?

You’ll be fine. So long as the caliper and disc are the same diameter then you won’t die. I’ve run Avid levers with Hayes discs, Hope discs with Hayes levers etc. I’ve used all sorts with all sorts.

Do all rotors fit the same?

These sizes are not interchangeable, and you must get the right one to fit on your car. Particular rotors size may depend on your trim (sub-model), vehicle’s country of origin, sports/performance package, transmission type, engine size, and numerous other options.

Can you use two different rotors?

Yes, rotors can be different thicknesses, as long as the active friction area is the same And they are above the minimum thickness. It is customary to fit new rotors in pairs when both are worn significantly and one is below the limit – new rotors and pads tend not to have brake balance problems after…

Do brake pads and rotors need to be the same brand?

This means if you replace your worn-out brake pads and rotors with OE equipment, your brakes should perform like new. It doesn’t matter if you buy Raybestos brake discs and Akebono brake pads, if the parts are OE quality, they should perform the same.

Can you turn just one rotor?

Yes , you can install just one disk/rotor without the other. BUT, the brake pads should ALWAYS be replaced on BOTH sides, AT THE SAME TIME. If you only replace pads on that one side with the new rotor, then you will run into the same problem later on, but on the other side.

Can I put thicker rotors on my car?

Yet, you should never only upgrade to bigger rotors. You should also upgrade your brake pads and calipers. A bigger rotor has more surface area for the pad to rub against. Using the original pad would be wasting some of the rotor surface.

Can I change my rotor size?

Only the Adapter changes. You must check your fork manufacturer for the maximum size of rotor the fork can be safely operated with. Also check frame clearances (at the rear) for enough clearance for the size of rotor you are selecting. Going up rotor sizes is specifically for more braking power.

How long do brake rotors last?

30,000 to 70,000 miles

Under normal driving conditions, rotors should last 30,000 to 70,000 miles or longer. But rotor type or design, along with city or aggressive driving (where brakes are applied harder and more often, generating excessive heat), cause rotors to wear differently.