High Performance Brakes


If you are into car tuning, you are probably looking to get the most performance out of your vehicle.  While acceleration and speed are important factors another important aspect of performance is braking power.  Many tuners don’t realize how easy and relatively affordable it is to modify existing stock brakes to high performance brakes.  Here are some tips.

What to Look for in High Performance Brakes
High Performance brakes simply add better braking performance to your vehicle.  For many vehicles, changing from stock to performance brake pads, rotors, brake lines, calipers, etc can make a huge difference.  Usually, the most important component when upgrading stock brakes are the actual brake pads.  These pads are usually larger, made from high tech materials such as ceramics, high tech titanium Kevlar, ferro carbon, etc.  The key of these brake pads is to stop your vehicle and dissipate the heat as quickly as possible.  In addition, most high performance brake pads are also high quality and thus quieter and cleaner than many stock pads.

High Performance Brake Pads

Brake pads are a modification that almost any tuner can do on their own or have professionally installed for an affordable price.  In fact, performance brake pads are perfect for either standard or anti lock braking systems.

Rotors are another important part of a brake modification.  If you are adding performance brake pads also opt for new high performance rotors.  Most performance rotors are made out of lighter metals and are slotted for easy heat dissipation.  A set of performance brake pads along with slotted performance rotors can increase performance significantly.  You can expect to cut down your braking distance (60 to 0 mph) in about 30 feet less distance.

While you can purchase each component individually (pads, rotors, brake lines, calipers, etc) your best bet is to purchase a high quality braking kit.  There are plenty after market kits available, perfect for almost any make and model vehicle.

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