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Frozen Rotors: Ice Cream Isn't The Only Thing That Works Better Frozen
By Steve Litscher

(Tuesday, May 27, 2003 4:00 PM EST)

frozen rotors

big brake kits

brake pads

cryogenic freezing rotors frozen

How well do you know your brakes? Do you trust them? Where were they made? When was the last time you had the rotors serviced? If you had to stop right now, would your brakes be up to the task?

If you had to think for more than a second before answering any of those questions, you're probably in dire need of some brake work. Other than your tires, no other single component is as critical to your vehicle's performance than your brakes are.

Many the car owner has spent thousands of dollars building a high horsepower, monster motor and then crashed because his brakes weren't up to the task of slowing all of that new found power. Quite simply stated, brakes can make or break your day.

Everyone from Formula One to the Major League Baseball Association has been experimenting with a metal-treating process called "cryogenics". In case you're wondering where you've heard that word before, think of the late Ted Williams and his nutty son, who claims that the former baseball great wished to be cryogenically (aka "frozen") preserved.

Cryogenics is the process of slowly deep freezing an object and then slowly returning it to normal temperature. A "good" cryogenics shop will also heat temper the object after it has been frozen.

Roadfly was fortunate enough to wrangle a few moments of Mark Link's time to discuss the cryogenic process and its benefits. Mark Link is the Vice President of Operations at Diversified Cryogenics; Diversified Cryogenics is located in Burnsville, Minnesota and can be reached by telephone at 1-888-323-8456, or via the web at

Mark began by sharing some pretty convincing test data with us. "We've shown that cryogenically treated rotors will last 130% longer than untreated rotors and that drivers can expect longer brake pad life with improved braking system performance."

That's pretty impressive data, and Mark went to great lengths to explain how cryogenics makes this possible. According to Link, the cryogenic treating process is a one-time, homogenous process that permanently improves the performance of practically any metal item by refining the grain structure of the metal at an atomic level.

The freezing process literally aligns the carbon molecules of a metal object, resulting in an improved "lattice structure" of the carbon particles that is much stronger and more resistant to abrasion than untreated metal.

The process can be used on everything from aluminum baseball bats to spark plugs and is compatible with coatings like Teflon.

Mr. Link commented that the biggest benefactor of the cryogenic process has been the machining industry. Tool bits, cutting dies, and blades can be cryogenically treated to produce a much longer lasting tool that requires less maintenance. He further indicated that ball bearings and other high abrasion devices benefit equally well from the cryogenic process.

We asked Mark for more info about Diversified Cryogenics (commonly referred to as "Frozen Rotors") cryogenic process and services, and he was more than happy to share information about their products and processes.

Frozen Rotors employs a handful of highly trained staff that is dedicated to providing top-notch products and service. They utilize a state-of-the-art computer controlled cryogenic processor that slowly, consistently and accurately lowers the temperature of an object to approximately -300F.

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