Are OEM Brake Rotors Really Better Than Aftermarket?

When it’s time to replace the rotors on your Nissan, your biggest challenge might be choosing between OEM and aftermarket replacement rotors.

Once you've diagnosed your rotors need replacing and have explored the pros and cons of each option, you’ll reach the conclusion that OEM rotors are better than aftermarket rotors.

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When you buy OEM rotors, you know exactly what you’re getting: an exact replica of the stock rotors on your car. Some people might like the idea of changing things up with aftermarket rotors. However, aftermarket rotors may cause problems within your car’s braking system. Given the cheap price tag that comes with most aftermarket rotors, you might be wondering if you would save money on aftermarket rotors.

The short answer is no. Aftermarket rotors aren’t consistent in terms of quality, durability, and reliability. You would likely need to replace your aftermarket rotors much sooner than expected.

What Could Go Wrong With Aftermarket Rotors?

Aftermarket rotors are pretty cheap, which is why a lot of Nissan owners consider putting them on their cars. However, they’re not a good investment because they’ll cause a few issues within the braking system due to a couple of common flaws:

1. Wrong Material Makeup

When it comes to brake rotors, the material used is incredibly important. Rotors are made from cast iron. Although they all look and feel the same, there are differences in the casting process that result in different characteristics in the final product. Some rotors are harder or softer than others. OEM Nissan brake rotors are manufactured to create specific characteristics that work with OEM brake pads to maximize your car’s braking power.

Aftermarket rotors are usually produced with materials that aren’t compatible with the OEM brake pads on your car. A set of aftermarket rotors may be either too hard or too soft for the pads. Either way, your car’s braking performance will suffer as a result. Not only that, but also either your rotors or brake pads will wear down too quickly and you’ll need to replace either part more often than usual. The costs add up pretty quickly.

2. Incorrect Specs

Another big flaw with aftermarket rotors is the fact that they’re designed to the aftermarket manufacturer’s specs. Aftermarket manufacturers rarely exactly follow OEM specs. This is troublesome because OEM specs are critical to the vehicle’s braking performance.

It’s common for aftermarket manufacturers to build their rotors with thinner rotor plates and wider fins. As a result, the rotor can't absorb as much heat as it should. That weakens the car’s braking power. It can be quite dangerous, especially in situations that require a lot of braking, like towing or mountain driving.

Why OEM Rotors are the Safer Choice

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OEM rotors are designed and built with braking performance in mind. They’re designed with the correct specs and produced with the correct materials. When you replace your rotors with genuine OEM units, you have the peace of mind that these replacement rotors will last a long time without any issues. In the off chance that something goes wrong with your new OEM rotors, you can always have them replaced under warranty.

Are OEM Rotors Always Expensive?

While it’s true that OEM rotors can be a bit pricey, they’re not always expensive if you know where to look. Here’s a secret: you can find genuine OEM Nissan rotors at wholesale prices on our website. Look up your Nissan model in our catalog to see how much you can save on a set of genuine OEM rotors!