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When you want to stop on a dime and look good doing it.
For most people the brakes that come with their vehicle are adequate. The morning commute, the evening commute and shuttling the kids to the soccer field typically do not put any undue stress on OEM brakes. But if you live in a hilly neighborhood or you tow stuff or you prefer to take the curvy road home or…you did a little something to boost the performance of your engine, then you might want to learn how to upgrade brakes on your vehicle.
If you’ve made modifications to squeeze a few more hp out of your ride you are going to want to consider upgrading your brakes for two reasons. First, you are most likely a performance freak and you are going to want brakes that stop on a dime just like you want hp and torque that makes you fast off the block. I’ll get in to how to upgrade to performance brakes for you in a minute.
But almost as important as the performance is the incredibly cool look that those new discs will give to your wheels particularly if you opt for the cross drilled and slotted rotors.
Just What Is Upgraded When You Upgrade Brakes?
Take a moment and review how brakes work. You press on the pedal which compresses the fluid in the brake line which causes the calipers to squeeze the rotors (disc) with their brake pads. The car slows or stops because of the friction created between the rotor and the brake pad. This friction creates heat. The harder you brake the more heat is created and that’s not a good thing for either the break pad or the rotor.
So here’s what you can do to “upgrade” your brakes.
Everything in the breaking system except the brake pedal can be upgraded to higher performing parts. But like any aftermarket product you want to be sure to buy parts made by reputable manufacturers like Hawk, EBC and Brembo and you get them from parts stores like my friends at Auto Parts Warehouse that have a history of satisfied customers.
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You can swap out your brake line for a braided stainless steel brake line. These lines have significantly less flex than a rubber line giving the pedal a much stiffer feel. The steel braided line was originally designed for race cars to deflect debris found on race tracks.
You can get discs that are drilled or slotted or both (see my review on Power Stop Brake Kits). The advantage of discs with holes drilled through or slots carved out is that they allow air to flow through and over the disc which dissipates the heat. In addition, most high performance discs are a thing of beauty to behold and will look fantastic peeking out from your wheel covers.
Brake pads come in a number of advanced materials that are designed for longer wear and more efficient “grabbing.” Just make sure you have the right size for your disc as oversized pads can do damage to them.
And of course you can by kits (did you read my review yet). This is probably the best value and you don’t have to be ACE certified or have a home auto shop to install them. This is the route for the guy that wants the performance but only has some very basic skills and tools.
So when do you upgrade? You can upgrade whenever you like but if you are like most of us who are not independently wealthy you might wait until you experience these symptoms as described in Road & Track “If your car is pulling to the left or right, or if you hear odd noises when you apply the brakes, you should inspect your brakes. Other warning signs include an illuminated brake warning light, brake grabbing, low pedal feel, vibration, hard pedal feel and squealing.”
If your brakes are going why not replace them with something that you really want and that will set your ride apart from the rest.
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