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Has any one had good results with non OEM rotors and pads? I don’t want to sacrifice on the original performance, however the dealer is outrageous. I have an 18 quad with 32k mi. Love the car, but hate that it’s in the shop all the time! Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated!
 

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I don’t think many people tried non OEM on QV. Even if they do it would not be to reduce cost but to up performance to get it usable on track for more than a lap.
They don’t seem to be that expensive given that they must deal with a super car level of performance - I think 1,200-1,500 in the UK, so should not be much more in the US. You cannot get things much cheaper that that without dropping the quality. If you find your dealer toO expensive order oem from elsewhere and fit at a good indi garage preferably one that focuses on performance cars. It’s not like the qv engine - you do not need an Alfa qv specialist for those.
 

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I don’t think many people tried non OEM on QV. Even if they do it would not be to reduce cost but to up performance to get it usable on track for more than a lap.
They don’t seem to be that expensive given that they must deal with a super car level of performance - I think 1,200-1,500 in the UK, so should not be much more in the US. You cannot get things much cheaper that that without dropping the quality. If you find your dealer toO expensive order oem from elsewhere and fit at a good indi garage preferably one that focuses on performance cars. It’s not like the qv engine - you do not need an Alfa qv specialist for those.
The dealer quoted just parts at 4K. I have no problem with them making a profit, however I drive probably harder than most, so for total ownership and matinence cost I wish I would have opted for the carbon ceramic brakes. Over time I believe it would be more cost effective. For now I will probably try to order direct from Brembo for the rotors. I am looking for a softer pad, or ones that do not wear the rotor as bad as the OEM pad. I would rather change the pads more frequently verses rotors and pads every 18k mi.
FYI I bought the car to play with not sit at the shop. So far the quad has been stabled at 2 different dealerships for over three weeks. I appreciate Alfa’s premium care warranty, but I am ready to dig in and see what this platform can do with different upgrades.
Again the Stelvio Quadrifoglio is an amazing machine as we all know. I hope Alfa can fix their lack of dealer network here in the US. Lastly if this brand is going to make a huge comeback we need more aftermarket support or MFG. solutions to performance parts. Americans love unique cars. More than that we love modifying or enhancing every aspect of performance!
 

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I wish I would have opted for the carbon ceramic brakes. Over time I believe it would be more cost effective.
I'm afraid you're sadly mistaken .... :) ceramic brakes are totally useless when you don't visit a racetrack on a regular basis. They outperform normal brakes only when they are on the right temperature which is reached on a track: not when you use the car on normal roads. It looks great but digs a deep hole in your wallet at the moment you have to replace them. The rotors and pads on my 2018 Quad (40k mi) are still OK and are probably replaced for the first time in a month or 3. Only the parts will set me back $2,000. QVerde - Remmen alfa romeo alfa stelvio remmen
 

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The dealer quoted just parts at 4K. I have no problem with them making a profit, however I drive probably harder than most, so for total ownership and matinence cost I wish I would have opted for the carbon ceramic brakes. Over time I believe it would be more cost effective. For now I will probably try to order direct from Brembo for the rotors. I am looking for a softer pad, or ones that do not wear the rotor as bad as the OEM pad. I would rather change the pads more frequently verses rotors and pads every 18k mi.
FYI I bought the car to play with not sit at the shop. So far the quad has been stabled at 2 different dealerships for over three weeks. I appreciate Alfa’s premium care warranty, but I am ready to dig in and see what this platform can do with different upgrades.
Again the Stelvio Quadrifoglio is an amazing machine as we all know. I hope Alfa can fix their lack of dealer network here in the US. Lastly if this brand is going to make a huge comeback we need more aftermarket support or MFG. solutions to performance parts. Americans love unique cars. More than that we love modifying or enhancing every aspect of performance!
What thickness are your rotors right now?
 

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I'm afraid you're sadly mistaken .... :) ceramic brakes are totally useless when you don't visit a racetrack on a regular basis. They outperform normal brakes only when they are on the right temperature which is reached on a track: not when you use the car on normal roads. It looks great but digs a deep hole in your wallet at the moment you have to replace them. The rotors and pads on my 2018 Quad (40k mi) are still OK and are probably replaced for the first time in a month or 3. Only the parts will set me back $2,000. QVerde - Remmen alfa romeo alfa stelvio remmen
Well I believe I put more miles on a vehicle in a short amount of time. Last year alone my wife and I put 40k miles on our suburban, and we put 12k miles on the Alfa in 5 months. The Alfa has never seen the track. However my Alfa experiences track speed and semi aggressive corners on a regular basis. Living rural with twisty roads is a benefit during COVID! I did buy a complete set of Brembo Rotors and pads. Parts were a little over $1000.00. Not a bad price for performance consumables. Just waiting until the dealer finishes replacing the firewall apron and the under side diffuser paneling. The last dealership removed all of this and never put it back on!
 

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What thickness are your rotors right now?
I checked them about 4 weeks ago before the car went to service due to fault codes. I did not document the rotor thickness in my service book. I do remember the right rear was worn .010” more than the other rotors. I will document the thickness when I do the break service. Hopefully I can pick my Alfa up this week! Fingers crossed.
 

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I checked them about 4 weeks ago before the car went to service due to fault codes. I did not document the rotor thickness in my service book. I do remember the right rear was worn .010” more than the other rotors. I will document the thickness when I do the break service. Hopefully I can pick my Alfa up this week! Fingers crossed.
You may not need to replace them yet. Wear is measured in mm.
 

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You may not need to replace them yet. Wear is measured in mm.
Yes I know that. Just grabbed my old calipers and did a check while cleaning the rims. At the time I didn’t have any factory specs on the rotors to compare wear. Thanks
 
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