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Why do Galfer discs suck?

It's come to my attention, that a few here don't care for the Galfer rotors.
I'm sure many of you have tried them, or know of poeple who have, so I'd like to know - what's the deal with Galfer rotors? What are their shortcomings?

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(back story)
I originally was intending on buying Brake-Tech Axis Cobra stainless rotors back in '08, but they had a manufacturing backlog for some reason.
So I went to plan B and replaced my OEM rotors with Galfer waves.
(end back story)

I have no complaints with my Galfers.
I don't push my brake system to the point of white hot glowing rotors, boiling fluid, steaming pads and melting calipers, so I'm not sure what the complaint is.

One thing to check is that the rotor slots are not in phase on the wheel.
Rotate one rotor until it's slots are out of phase compared to the other.
Otherwise, you'll get a pulsing as the pads may rock slightly across the slots at low speeds.

As my current rotors wear, I probably will replace them with something else just to try.

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My complaint is this. The wave's are talked up pretty high whether it be from Galfer themselves or others. When spending $600 i expect at least a slight increase in feel or at least with the "wave's cutting edge design" less brake fade.....that is definietley not the case. when ridden hard on a track day.....they fade. they fade bad. Which is the complete opposite of what they were designed to do. you could get some Brembo rotors or braketech's for a little more and actually get some better performance out of them. For an everyday, daily rider disc....they are fine and you probably won't notice a difference between them and an OEM rotor.

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It's come to my attention, that a few here don't care for the Galfer rotors.
I'm sure many of you have tried them, or know of poeple who have, so I'd like to know - what's the deal with Galfer rotors? What are their shortcomings?
there are different grades of galfer the high end work great as for the low end i would not know ,, this is going to go on for ever , with i hate them i love them stuff , its like saying i hate yamaha i love yamaha or honda is the best ,no kawasaki is the best , you just opened a big can of worms

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Thanks for the replys. SubSailor, LMAO at the extreme braking you laid out there
I don't push my brake system to the point of white hot glowing rotors, boiling fluid, steaming pads and melting calipers,
Me either! Ever! I haven't ever done track days, so I sure haven't seen the extremes that you guys do. I'll push pretty hard, in appropriate situations, but I'll never max this bike the way it could be: at a track.
I use most of it tho, and I love knowing it's there.

My stock rotors were ok before I changed them to the Galfers I have on now, with their brake pads, they were better. Much better. I could tell a big difference. But I ride easier than on any track, so...
That's why I was wondering what specific faults they have.

Sounds like fading was an issue for gts455, what pads were you running?

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One thing to check is that the rotor slots are not in phase on the wheel.
Rotate one rotor until it's slots are out of phase compared to the other.
Otherwise, you'll get a pulsing as the pads may rock slightly across the slots at low speeds.

As my current rotors wear, I probably will replace them with something else just to try.
I have some Galfers waiting (waiting for summers return) to be installed. Thats good to know Sub I will be sure to install them out of phase. I am going to use a set of brand new factory pads along with the rotors. I had a bad experience with some EBC pads so back to factory pads for me.
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Sounds like fading was an issue for gts455, what pads were you running?
Yeah, there is nothing wrong with the rotors for daily street use except the price.....for $100 more you can get Braketech Axis Iron Rotors or Brembo HP's.

As for pads, i am using Galfer sintered pads which are coming off the bike as well. They will be replaced with Vesrah or CL.

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I have some Galfers waiting (waiting for summers return) to be installed. Thats good to know Sub I will be sure to install them out of phase. I am going to use a set of brand new factory pads along with the rotors. I had a bad experience with some EBC pads so back to factory pads for me.
EBC pads now are the worst of them all .... i use only Vesrah pads !!!! i maynot have a lot of money , but i all ways try and get parts that make me go faster stop fast and smooth and handle great , maybe 5% for looks ,, 95% for go , if you read my list of parts you will see its not a show bike but a very good riding bike ,

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Yeah, there is nothing wrong with the rotors for daily street use except the price.....for $100 more you can get Braketech Axis Iron Rotors or Brembo HP's.

As for pads, i am using Galfer sintered pads which are coming off the bike as well. They will be replaced with Vesrah or CL.
I didn't know that. But I didn't pay full price either. Oreocrow sold me the whole set - front, back, and pads - for 600. They've been great for me so far.

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I didn't know that. But I didn't pay full price either. Oreocrow sold me the whole set - front, back, and pads - for 600. They've been great for me so far.
riderdiscount hooked me up big time to , full price who does that

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