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#4805782 - 07/05/18 12:19 PM Centric Rotors Are Chinese??
Phishin Offline


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Centric Rotors are highly touted here. So I ordered me a set of fronts for my Accord. They arrived today. I was surprised to see the box labels say "Made in China"

These are the better "high carbon steel" variants that Critic speaks so highly of....




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#4805785 - 07/05/18 12:23 PM Re: Centric Rotors Are Chinese?? [Re: Phishin]
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The High Carbon ones are the 125.40036, but the 120s will work fine as well.

Most aftermarket rotors for US/Asian vehicles are made in China. The only exception is the Advics rotors for Toyota/Lexus.
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#4805792 - 07/05/18 12:27 PM Re: Centric Rotors Are Chinese?? [Re: Phishin]
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Yes, everyone gets rotors from China these days unless it's a premium part and you double-check.

I'll put it to you this way ... would you have bought the rotor if it was more than $100 a copy? Because that's what a North American made one basically starts at.

It's been a while (don't own the vehicle anymore) but I used to replace the front disk rotors on GMC/Chevy 73-86 trucks from time to time. They were always $100 each, sometimes more. Then one day they were $60, and the next pair were $40 each. Guess what the difference was.
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#4805793 - 07/05/18 12:27 PM Re: Centric Rotors Are Chinese?? [Re: The Critic]
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^^^^ Check your PM's.

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#4805833 - 07/05/18 12:58 PM Re: Centric Rotors Are Chinese?? [Re: Phishin]
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Registered: 01/03/04
Posts: 5920
Loc: northern Alabama
Honda OEM is USA at least for my '02 Accord.

Johnny2Bad,

Which mfg offer North American made rotors?

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#4805835 - 07/05/18 01:01 PM Re: Centric Rotors Are Chinese?? [Re: Phishin]
xBa380 Offline


Registered: 02/12/08
Posts: 854
Loc: Cleveland
From what I thought back last time I bought my Centric or Powerslot rotors, they were cast in China but machined in California or something along those lines. Is that still not the case?

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#4805841 - 07/05/18 01:06 PM Re: Centric Rotors Are Chinese?? [Re: The Critic]
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Registered: 06/03/05
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Originally Posted By: The Critic
The High Carbon ones are the 125.40036, but the 120s will work fine as well.

Most aftermarket rotors for US/Asian vehicles are made in China. The only exception is the Advics rotors for Toyota/Lexus.


+1 Those aren't the high carbon ones.

Out of any Chinesium, those are the best of the readily available ones.
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#4805869 - 07/05/18 01:37 PM Re: Centric Rotors Are Chinese?? [Re: Phishin]
hallstevenson Offline


Registered: 04/25/17
Posts: 415
Loc: Ohio
Originally Posted By: Phishin
Centric Rotors are highly touted here ... I was surprised to see the box labels say "Made in China"

Do you feel that that is a contradiction ? China is more than capable of producing high quality products.

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#4805873 - 07/05/18 01:43 PM Re: Centric Rotors Are Chinese?? [Re: Phishin]
JMJNet Offline


Registered: 09/06/07
Posts: 950
Loc: TX, USA
It depends on Centric on how they spec their product to the mfg and how they do the Quality Control for the mfg.

Chinese is capable of making anything you specify but the keyword is "specify" and that includes specifying the "Quality" properly and enforcing that spec after they receive it before it goes to the retail stores/warehouses and customers.
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#4805874 - 07/05/18 01:43 PM Re: Centric Rotors Are Chinese?? [Re: Phishin]
Reddy45 Offline


Registered: 08/15/08
Posts: 3025
Loc: USA
I've used made in China Centric rotors with no issue. If all you need is a suitable OEM replacement, then it's going to be tough to find ones not made there.

As long as you bed the rotors in properly (https://www.zeckhausen.com/catalog/index.php?cPath=6446_6443), you'll know that they are built well and shouldn't give you any issues. I say this because cheap [censored] rotors most likely won't survive the bedding in process from that article.

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#4805878 - 07/05/18 01:46 PM Re: Centric Rotors Are Chinese?? [Re: hallstevenson]
Pelican Offline


Registered: 11/28/12
Posts: 171
Loc: Ajax,Ontario, Canada
Originally Posted By: hallstevenson
Originally Posted By: Phishin
Centric Rotors are highly touted here ... I was surprised to see the box labels say "Made in China"

Do you feel that that is a contradiction ? China is more than capable of producing high quality products.


Absolutely! But those high quality products cost almost as much as domestically produced ones.

The only way China sells to the outside market is by price alone. They make excellent products for the MB, Audi, Buicks, Volvo that are built in China.

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#4805879 - 07/05/18 01:48 PM Re: Centric Rotors Are Chinese?? [Re: Phishin]
slacktide_bitog Offline


Registered: 03/20/08
Posts: 6350
Loc: USA
EBC makes most of their rotors in teh UK smile

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#4805907 - 07/05/18 02:13 PM Re: Centric Rotors Are Chinese?? [Re: The Critic]
Trav Offline


Registered: 11/20/06
Posts: 19298
Loc: MA, Mittelfranken.de
Originally Posted By: The Critic
The High Carbon ones are the 125.40036, but the 120s will work fine as well.

Most aftermarket rotors for US/Asian vehicles are made in China. The only exception is the Advics rotors for Toyota/Lexus.


Add German made Zimmerman rotors and EBC to the exception list.
The Chinese foundries make a very decent high carbon/high strength iron for rotors, vises, high end machinery, etc and use modern casting techniques, nothing wrong with them if they a good brand name with good specs being demanded. It shouldn't be any surprise they can produce a good piece of cast iron.
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#4805913 - 07/05/18 02:19 PM Re: Centric Rotors Are Chinese?? [Re: Phishin]
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Akebono rotors are "engineered in Germany" and made in china, but they are noticeably nicer than the white box or other "premium" names, I usually go with these on the US/import cars we get. We mostly see euro and the names that aren't chinese anywhere are Zimmerman, Brembo, Sebro, Ate, and Fremax are starting to show up, made in Brazil. Akebono is the same as Bosch/Textar/Meyle coated rotors, except the age coating is more dull grey, and the others are bright silver. All of those are high carbon though, and work when nothing else is in stock or available.
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#4805915 - 07/05/18 02:20 PM Re: Centric Rotors Are Chinese?? [Re: Pelican]
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Registered: 01/21/17
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Loc: Toronna
Originally Posted By: Pelican
Originally Posted By: hallstevenson
Originally Posted By: Phishin
Centric Rotors are highly touted here ... I was surprised to see the box labels say "Made in China"

Do you feel that that is a contradiction ? China is more than capable of producing high quality products.


Absolutely! But those high quality products cost almost as much as domestically produced ones.

The only way China sells to the outside market is by price alone. They make excellent products for the MB, Audi, Buicks, Volvo that are built in China.

They make excellent products for western companies when western companies run the factories, it has nothing to do with domestic markets. Some of the Buicks they build in China are destined for North America, are they not?
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