What are "floating rotors?"

Discussion in 'General Harley Davidson Topic' started by Jim B., Nov 14, 2009.

  1. Jim B.

    Jim B. Junior Member

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    I'm looking again to the experts at HDTalking for an answer. Exactly what are "floating rotors" and what advantages do they have over "standard" (?) rotors? Thanks.
     
  2. NEWHD74FAN

    NEWHD74FAN Experienced Member Retired Moderators

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    Floating rotors are identified by the 2 piece design of the center hub and outer disc friction surface attached by symetrical number of fasteners that allow the disc to "float a bit" from the center hub. This is in sharp contrast to the single piece rotor stamped and machine and somewhat unforgiving if caliper pistons or pads get contaminated or start wearing unevenly. Personally I like the whirring sound of floating rotors as well, they are a very basic sound that many metric sportriders have enjoyed for many years.

    There are several advantages one being the additional movement allows more even contact with the pad surfaces when caliper is activated which makes for better braking and even pad wear. Another is less "pulsing" feel at the brake levers, as full floating rotors allow the caliper to even out the contact surface and ultimately adds a bit better stopping power. The second advantage is cosmetic, in that the hub can be finished differently, and ideal friction disc materials may be selected, while the hub can be made more "trick" if not tied directly to the friction disc. Black, Alloy/Billet look or shiny chrome hubs can all be had with floating rotors. The fasteners can be chrome, stainless, black to further the look angle.
     
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  3. Jim B.

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    Thanks, NEWHD74Fan. I can always count on my neighbor "down the road" to give me a quick answer. Now where would I go to find floating rotors and how much do they cost in comparison to standard rotors. Thanks.
     
  4. ultrat

    ultrat Senior Member Contributor

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    Do 09 flutcu"s have floaters as stock up front mine look dif than my evo...
     
  5. AcidRayn

    AcidRayn Active Member

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    yes. there will be large rivet looking things onthem, bout the size of a dime
     
  6. ultrat

    ultrat Senior Member Contributor

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    TX i was wonderen.........