Can You Cut Drilled and Slotted Rotors?

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Can You Cut Drilled and Slotted Rotors

Many people who order drilled and slotted rotors are often curious if they can cut them. They may be trying to size the brake rotor down, or just want a shorter version for their car. It is possible to cut these brakes, but it’s important that you take some precautions before doing so. In this blog post, let’s look at what you need to know about cutting drilled and slotted rotors!

What Are Drilled And Slotted Rotors? 

Drilled and slotted rotors are a type of brake rotor that have little holes drilled into the surface to help vent heat away from braking. They also feature slots that work to further reduce temperatures by reducing how much surface area is in contact with air moving across the rotor. These are especially popular with performance vehicles.

While drilled and slotted rotors have been on the market for a long time, they continue to evolve in terms of design. The latest designs are made with many holes that have increased in size for better cooling.

The latest designs also use a slot that extends the width of the rotor. This design allows for better airflow and cooling overall and reduces glazing from high levels of heat from braking. 

How Can You Cut Drilled and Slotted Rotors?

In order to cut drilled and slotted rotors, you must have a special cutting wheel. This type of wheel is designed for metal-cutting so it will be able to perfectly slice through the rotor as well as cleanly remove any excess material from around the holes. The drill bit used to create these can also damage other parts on your car such as calipers and brake lines.

However, if done correctly, this should not occur. You want to make sure that all rust has been removed before you start trying to cut them because it could cause an injury due to flying fragments or sparks during the process, which could harm yourself or others in close proximity.

It is best practice for safety reasons and efficiency purposes to do the process only when you are working on your car.

Do not attempt to cut drilled and slotted rotors unless it is absolutely necessary because of the potential side effects that could occur from doing so, putting yourself at risk for injury or damage to other parts of your vehicle.

This should really only be done if there has been some sort of accident where this occurred already due to an impact by another object such as a rock, debris in the road, etc.

If you need assistance figuring out what type of cutting wheel will work best with your drill, check online or speak with someone familiar with cars who can help advise how to accomplish this task safely and correctly. Make sure all rust has been removed before attempting anything else regarding these rotors.

A good tip that you may want to consider when trying this for the first time is to test your cutting wheel on a small area to get used to how it works and what can be done with it.

This will also allow you to see if you have any problems or issues with using this tool in general, so they do not come up unexpectedly when attempting the process later on.

Doing some research online prior to actually getting started could help save valuable time which could result from being unprepared beforehand, therefore avoiding wasting energy that would otherwise go towards completing the task successfully without complications along the way.

Benefits Of Cutting Your Own Drill And Slotted Rotors

There are some benefits for doing the task yourself rather than paying someone else to do it. You can save money if you have done this type of work before and feel confident enough to attempt it again on your own.

It is also good practice to learn how to do something new to gain experience and become more familiar with the process. It can be a valuable skill that will serve you well in your journey towards becoming self-sufficient by being able to accomplish things on your own without having to rely completely on others for assistance.

Drawback Of Cutting Your Own Drill And Slotted Rotors

The drawback of cutting your own drill and slotted rotors is that it can be a lengthy process. There are many steps to complete before you get to this point which means there is more opportunity for failure or problems arising along the way, such as not removing all rust beforehand, etc.

Another potential issue could be from using too much force when doing so, especially if dealing with thicker steel rather than thinner aluminum-type wheels. The last thing you want to do is damage other parts of your vehicle by being careless or having equipment malfunction due to low-quality material used in its design/manufacturing.

In conclusion, cutting your own drill and slotted rotors is not something to take lightly because there are many steps involved with the process. Ensure that you have done adequate research beforehand to ensure it does work out successfully without any problems.

We hope you learned another valuable skill from this article. You can also read our post about using an ice auger to drill post holes and sharpening a step drill bit.

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