VW Crossdrilled Rotors

1.8T 20VT (180hp); 2.8L 24V VR6

312mm vented fronts

256mm vented rears

DETAILS:

Starting in 2002, VAG engineers fnally started to 'loosen up a bit' and allow some of the more "fun stuff" to finally arrive on US shores. The first of these was the GTI 337, named after the VAG nomenclature of early genre; followed by the 20TH Anniversary Edition ("AE")..these cars had hopped-up 1.8T 20V motors, special edition wheels, and brakes that were upped as well. The GTI and GLI VR6 models also were outfitted with these improved brakes, sporting 312mm fronts and vented 256mm rears.

The Rotorlab program takes these rotors to natural next step up, with an aggressive, symmetrical/directional  "double swoop" pattern on the fronts, and either a traditional 2-1-2 pattern, "Arrowhead" pattern or 'dovetail" pattern on the rears-----your choice. The patterns offer exceptional full-spectrum coverage and are as unique-looking and efficient as they are affordable. Once again this is a powerful and efficient brake setup....and a popular one as well, as we have sold about 15 sets of these over the past few years. 

As with all our rotors, these come with our proprietary ceramic-infused silver-oxide coating on the center hubs and outer rims, for that 'uber-clean' look---PLEASE NOTE THAT THESE PARTICULAR PHOTOS DO NOT SHOW THE COATING APPLIED.

DETAILS:

The second-gen R32, the Mk5, has a fairly powerful brake system, employing massive 345mm front rotors and 310mm rear vented rotors. (These rears are actually slightly-larger than Audi B6/B7 S4!) So things are actually pretty decent straight out of the box. RotorLab can improve upon this, however, with our Mk5 R32 rotors. Our modified "Arrowhead 2" pattern (patent pending) is unlike any other in the industry. It is not only directional but also symmetrical from side of the car to the other----the arrowheads point to the front of the car at the top of the rotor when installed. They offer excellent pad surface area coverage and a unique look--all the while improving your car's braking performance.  

As with all our rotors, these come with our proprietary ceramic-infused silver-oxide coating on the center hubs and outer rims, for that 'uber-clean' look. These particular blanks had a full coating from the manufacturer.

Mk5 R32 (2008)

Mk4 R32 (2004)

Mk4 GTI 337 (2002), 20TH AE (2003) & GTI/ GLI VR6 (2001 - 2005)

Mk4 GTI/GLI 1.8T & 12V VR6 and New Beetle Turbo and NB Turbo S (late-'99 - mid-'05)

1.8L 20VT (150hp--GTI/GLI), 1.8L 20VT (180hp) NB Turbo S, and 2.8L 12V VR6

288mm vented fronts

245mm solid rears (STD)

 

DETAILS:

The Mk4 GTI and GLI were a noticeable jump in power and handling over the previous generation: the 1.8T 20V would go on to become one of the most prolific, most successful and most genuinely tuneable motors VW ever produced...and the venerable 12V VR6 kept chugging along as well. But this new platform came with a need for somewhat better brakes. VAG engineers outfitted the new GTI and GLI with 288mm vented fronts and 245mm solid rears to answer the call. (and yes, you can upgrade to the GTI 337 or even the Mk4 R2 gear very easily--largely just a matter of swapping rotors and calipers, and a few other minor fixes. 

At Rotorlab we have sold perhaps 20 sets of rotors for this platform, and our customers have raved about them. A nice performance upgrade at a price they can actually afford. Our symmetrical/directional "Arrowhead" pattern is the usual request, but we can also provide these in a more conventional 3-2-3 front and 2-1-2 rear pattern as well. Your choice. Both have excellent coverage. 

Most of our Mk4 rotors will come with our proprietary ceramic-infused silver oxide coating on the center hubs and outer rims...but occasionally we get stock in, such as the Mahle's above, that come with a nice coating from the manufacturer, shown here. 

Mk4 standard Golf and Jetta 2.0 (late 1999 - mid 2005)

2.0L  8V 

280mm vented fronts

232mm solid rears

 

DETAILS:

The standard Golf and Jetta 2.0 was underpowered, quite frankly, but it's 2-litre 8V engine was rock-solid and practically indestructible, if it was taken care of. At RotorLab we personally know of 2.0's that have lasted well past the 200k mile mark, and in addition regularly got a little over 30mpg. There were cams available, exhausts, and even a few chip manufacturers who 'chipped in' to get a few extra horse. The standard brake system on it was adequate, given the engine's HP----and the cars came with 280mm vented front rotors and 232mm solid rears....although due to VAG engineer's renowned platform consistency, this could easily be upgraded to the larger brakes from the sportier Mk4 models, such as the GTI and even the R32.

This doesn't mean the factory 2.0 setup couldn't benefit from a RotorLab crossdrilled brake ensemble on the front and rear. We offer a traditional 2-1-2 pattern on the fronts and rears (as shown above), and also our unique "Arrowhead" pattern (patent pending) can be had as well. These rotors are also surprisingly affordable---great "bang for the buck", and will look great doing it.

As with nearly all our patterns, these come with our proprietary ceramic-infused silver-oxide coating on the center hubs and outer rims, for that 'uber-clean' look. Please note that this particular picture shows the rotors prior to the coating.

Mk3 Golf and Jetta VR6 (1993 - early 1999)

3.2L 24V  VR6

345mm vented fronts

310mm vented rears

3.2L 24V VR6

334mm vented fronts

256mm vented rears

2.8L 12V V6

280mm vented fronts (Standard VR6)

226mm solid rears (STD)

288mm vented fronts

("Driver's Edition")

 

DETAILS:

The Mk3 GTI and GLI VR6 were VW's most powerful cars on the road at that time..and they came with brakes that were a good improvement over the previous generation. Sporting 280mm vented fronts, and 226mm rears for the standard VR6, these brakes were decent, but a set of RotorLab crossdrilled rotors will definitely give them a bump up. At RotorLab we developed several patterns for these rotors--both our unique, directional/symmetrical "modified Arrowhead" pattern (patent pending) and the more traditional 3-2-3 front and 2-1-2 rear pattern. The Arrowhead is what is shown here, but you can choose either one. 

As with nearly all our patterns, this pattern offers full-spectrum coverage---and is unlike any other out on the market. The "sweeps" point towards the front of the car at the top of the rotor when installed. This is a powerful and efficient brake setup, and very affordable. 

SIDE NOTE: If your VR6 was one of the rare cars with the red-calipered "Driver's Edition" brake-equipped cars, with larger and wider 288mm front rotors, we also have patterns for those rotors as well. Please make that distinction when ordering. And yes, if you can find the Driver's Edition calipers (they are rare---2 years only, late '95 and '96), you can upgrade to them with just calipers and rotors---it is a bolt-on upgrade many Mk3 VR6 sought out, and still do today. 

These come with our proprietary ceramic-infused silver-oxide coating on the center hubs and outer rims, for that 'uber-clean' look.

Mk2-plus Corrado G60 and VR6 (1990 - 1992, and 1992 - mid 1995)

Late Mk2 16V Golf, Jetta and Passat (1990 - 1992)

DETAILS:

The Mk4 R32 represented a significant jump in performance over the standard GTI...and it needed brakes that could handle this additional power and the Haldex AWD. Accordingly, VAG engineers outfitted the Mk4 R32 with huge 334mm front rotors with curved vanes (a first for any VW platform at the time) and vented 256mm rears that mirrored the GTI 337 and were basically a copy of the B5 Audi S4 rears, except of course with a 5x100 pattern instead of the Audi's 5x112.

The curved vane architecture requires much different and more complex patterns be developed as compared to direct-vane rotors. Since VAG will not divulge the angle curvature to the general public, we at RotorLab had to develop a unique, standalone pattern that we call our "modified dovetail" pattern (patent pending)... it is unlike any other pattern out on the market. Once again, a RotorLab first. This pattern is also directional and symmetrical from one side of the car to the other---the dovetail smaller end points toward the front of the car at the top of the rotor when installed. The rears come with our Arrowhead pattern that is also directional and symmetrical.

As with all our rotors, these come with our proprietary ceramic-infused silver-oxide coating on the center hubs and outer rims, for that 'uber-clean' look....clearly visible in the pics above.

NOTE: These rear rotors have press-in bearings that must be installed prior to rotor installation--same as Mk2 rears.

 

If you purchase a set of these rotors, we will sell the bearings to you at our cost (usually around $20), and will press in the bearing races for you, so that you dont have to pay a machine shop to do it---makes it a complete home-done job.

 

Email us for details. 

NOTE: These rear rotors have press-in bearings that must be installed prior to rotor installation.

 

If you purchase a set of these rotors, we will sell the bearings to you at our cost (usually around $20), and will press in the bearing races for you, so that you dont have to pay a machine shop to do it---makes it a complete home-done job.

 

Email us for details. 

1.8L supercharged 8V (G60)

2.8L 12V V6 (VR6)

280mm vented fronts

226mm solid rears

 

DETAILS:

In 1990 Volkswagen introduced the Corrado G60---their first-ever truly "premium" sports car---a step above the Mk2 GTI 16V in both acceleration, handling and luxury. With it's highly-tuneable supercharged 1.8L 8V with forged internals, the G60 had 150hp that could easily be bumped up to just over 200 with just a few goodies. The Corrado VR6 came 2 years later, bringing with it the new, market-changing narrow-angle 12V VR6 motor----172hp, rock-solid reliable and tire-twisting torque to boot. These cars came with an improved brake system, sporting 11" (280mm) front calipers and the 8.9" (226mm) solid rear discs. 

Interesting to note that these front brakes are a bolt-on upgrade to earlier Mk2's, going all the way back to 1985; all you need is the knuckles, calipers and rotors. The Corrados quickly became a tuner's delight..and at RotorLab, we joined the foray, producing our first custom crossdrilled rotors for the G60 in early 1997--it was the rotor that helped put us in business. Ove the years, we have sold more than 20 sets of these to Mk2 owners of all persuasions: Jettas, Golfs, B2 and B3 Passats, all in addition to the Corrados. Available in either a conventional 2-1-2 pattern or in our unique symmetrical/directional "Arrowhead" pattern (patent pending), the RotorLab setup here is above the bar in performance, looks AND price.  The Arrowhead is what is shown here, but you can choose either one. 

As with nearly all our patterns, this pattern offers full-spectrum coverage---and is unlike any other out on the market. The "sweeps" point towards the front of the car at the top of the rotor when installed. This is a powerful and efficient brake setup, and very affordable. As with all our rotors, these come with our proprietary ceramic-infused silver-oxide coating on the center hubs and outer rims, for that 'uber-clean' look.

Early & Late VW Vanagon 2WD  (gen 1: 1980 - 1984) also (gen 2: 1985-1992)

1.9L Waterboxer: up to '84

2.1L Waterboxer:  '85 thru '92

1.5L 4-cylinder in-line diesel--1980 thru 1984 only

 

 

1.8L 8V 4-cylinder

2.0L 16V DOHC 4-cylinder

10.1" vented fronts

8.9" solid rears

 

NOTE: These rear rotors have press-in bearings that must be installed prior to rotor installation.

 

If you purchase a set of these rotors, we will sell the bearings to you at our cost (usually around $20), and will press in the bearing races for you, so that you dont have to pay a machine shop to do it---makes it a complete home-done job.

 

Email us for details. 

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BIG NOTE HERE: We currently have patterns for most VW platforms, from early Rabbits with the tiny 9.4" fronts, all the way up to the later Mk6 platforms. We have other patterns in development, however. We don't maintain a "stock" of rotors----we do them on an on-demand basis, custom-ordered....same as we've been doing since 1997. Remember that we are not a retail shop! If you don't see your specific model here (such as a B3 Passat, for example), remember that VW uses many of the same brakes on different models. Email us and we'll get you a quote for your Vdub, and present you with options for upgrades as well. 

PLEASE NOTE THAT THE STANDARD MK4 GOLF AND JETTA CAN EASILY BE UPGRADED TO THE LARGER GTI/GLI SETUP---IT IS A SIMPLE MATTER OF CALIPERS AND ROTORS---A COMPLETE BOLT-ON JOB.

Vanagon Syncro (1986 - 1992)

DETAILS:

In 1980, VW canned the Bus here in North America (although it continued having it built in Mexico, South Africa and Brazil foe several more years), and stepped the carryall into the new decade with the Vanagon. Gone was the aircooled engine, the lousy handling, the fuel injection problems (most of them, anyway), and the rust problems as well. Much boxier but a great field of view, better-handling and with a more up-to-date shape, the first generation of Vanagons lasted until 1984, and were available with either a 1.9L Waterboxer engine (that had been powering VW vehicles in other countires for several years) or the horrifically-underpowered 1.5L diesel engine. 

The brakes on the Vanagon were also horribly underpowered...almost anything you can do to improve on them is worthwhile---especially on long downhills, as any Vanagon owner can vouch for. The fronts are solid rotors and the rears are drum brakes. Enter the RotorLab crossdrilled rotor solution.

At RotorLab we are seriously one of the ONLY Vanagon crossdrilled rotor suppliers on the planet..and have been making them since late 1997. Remember that since these rotors have an internal bearing system that is organic to the rotor itself, you need to get the races pressed in in order to do this conversion. 

We've have a deal going for years where if you purchase rotors that need bearings, we will sell you the bearings at our cost and press the races in for free for you as a courtesy, so that this can be a complete do-it-at-home job, instead of having to run around and pay to have a machine shop press the races in. 

Remember also that there are 2 different series of 2WD brakes, that have different offsets--please let us know which yours is. Yes, Vanagon owners, you CAN improve the lousy brakes on your Vanagon----and without paying a ton of money for it. 

Corrado VR6 fronts in Arrowhead pattern

Corrado 60 fronts in Arrowhead pattern

Corrado VR6 set in 3-2-3 and 2-1-2 pattern

DETAILS:

When the Mk2 GTI first hit the showroom floors as a model year 1985, it was Motor Trend's "Car of the Year"----taking what the wonderful 83/84 GTI had going for it, and gave it more refined and graceful lines, a bit more luxury and a lot better handling and comfort. By 1990 , the Mk2 GTI and GLI had become a more refined and desirable car, with better handling and a potent available 2.0 16V DOHC engine under the hood that put out 139hp in stock form: a motor that could easily be modded, for the first time (thanks to its Motronic brain) with a "p-chip". It's industry-leading 4-valve head benefitted greatly from aftermarket goodies like performance cams, head porting and a high-flow exhaust.  The 1992 GTI 16V, especially, is still today a very desirable car---especially in Montana Green!

The late-series Mk2 GTI's, amazingly though (even the 2.0 16V's) had small 9.4" front vented rotors, which almost everyone has now converted to the 10.1's that the 2.0 16V GLI and B3 Passat 16V came with....it required just calipers and rotors. These went well along with the 8.9" (226mm) rear solid discs. All three of these models also could be easily upgraded to the larger Corrado G60 11" front setup----again, with just the addition of calipers and rotors.  What we have shown here is the 10.1" fronts and solid 8.9" rears, which can be had in either our conventional 2-1-2 pattern or our unique directional/symmetrical "Arrowhead" pattern (patent pending). 

Of course they come with our proprietary ceramic-infused silver-oxide coating on the center hubs and outer rims, for that 'uber-clean' look, it is just not shown in these pitcures. While it is true that we have not done a set of these in a little while, they are nonetheless still an easy, cheap and worthwhile upgrade to the stock setup.

DETAILS:

In late 1985, VW engineers decided to make the Vanagon more capable, road-worthy and flexible/adaptable. That decision culminated in the release of the Vanagon Syncro----an all-wheel drive vanagon powered by a much-more-capable 2.1L waterboxer, with improved handling, power and even all-weather capability.....where it's 2WD younger brother had suffered badly. 

The brakes on the Syncro were slightly upgraded, no longer needing to have bearings done just to replace the front rotors. Slightly larger diameter but still in need of an upgrade, RotorLab came to the rescue with a crossdrill program for these rotors as well....and at the time of their first release, we were the ONLY company in North America that was doing crossdrilled brake rotors for this vehicle in North America, in late 1997. The market responded, and we sold over 20 sets in less than a year. 

We still sell these occasionally...and today they come with our excellent ceramic-infused silver-oxide coating, it is just not seen in these pics. Email us for a quote for your Syncro. 

2.1L Waterboxer 

 

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