StopTech Rotors and Pads Now Available

Friday, January 20, 2012 by Marshall Wisler
For those looking for increased braking performance, we now offer the StopTech line of brake products, including a wide variety of rotors and pads for various fitments.

The StopTech SportStop Drilled Rotor is for use with stock calipers, carriers and lines. StopTech also offers a cryogenically treated rotor that can last up to three times longer than untreated rotors. Both rotors are one-piece direct replacement options that meet the Original Equipment standards.

Key Features and Benefits of the StopTech SportStop Drilled Rotor:
StopTech SportStop Drilled Rotor
  • Premium black E-coating finish to combat corrosion on the rotor hat and between the cooling vanes
  • Castings have important O.E. details including extractor and set screw holes
  • Superior cooling fin designs
  • Double disc ground finish
  • 100% fully machined finish including rotor hats
  • 100% inspected and mill-balanced
  • Lateral runout held to 0.002” or less
  • Meet or exceed rigid quality specifications, including cooling vane designs
The perfect complement to a StopTech rotor is the company's street performance line of pads. Featuring a slightly more aggressive compound than factory, these pads are perfect for an aggressive street driver looking for higher initial bite and leStopTech Street Performance Padsss resistance to fade.  

Although not a fully dedicated track pad, StopTech Street Performance Pads are also built to withstand the abuse of an occasional light track day or driving school. 

To learn more about how you can enhance your vehicle's appearance and braking performance, read "The Finish Touch: Brake Rotors."

Replace Brake Pads with Hawk

Friday, November 4, 2011 by Doc Horvath
Hawk LTS Truck/SUV PadsI recently upgraded my wife's GMC Envoy to larger 20" tires and wheels (SUVrims). And while everything initially looked great, I found the vehicle was in need of brake pad replacements. Turns out the new wheels I installed were much heavier than the original 17" wheels and the change (along with wider and heavier tires) were too much for the stock brake pads to handle. After some research, I selected the Hawk LTS Truck/SUV Pads and have been very pleased!

These Hawk brake pads incorporate severe-duty friction technology that combines the durability of Hawk's commercial fleet products with the better stopping power of its performance street and motorsports formulations.

Note: Brake pads are wear items and as such, should be inspected regularly and replaced as necessary. It's time for a brake pad replacement when approximately 1/8" of friction material remains on the steel backing plate.

Whether your SUV brakes are nearing their end or you're upgrading to a larger set of wheels and tires, take a look at the the Hawk LTS Truck/SUV Pads.

Cost-Effective Quality Brake Rotors from Centric

Wednesday, October 19, 2011 by Marshall Wisler
As a sales speciCentric Premium Rotoralist at Tire Rack, I get the opportunity to test all of the tires we sell. This includes performance auto tires, Passenger All-Season tires, truck tires and more. Occasionally, I like to step outside the box and review products that don't catch as much attention on our test track as the tires. It's nice being able to recommend all products we carry to customers through first-hand experience.

Having recently purchased a Mitsubishi Eclipse to use during the winter months, this vehicle was long overdue for random maintenance. One project at the top of my list was to fix the vehicle's brake system. Following years of driving abuse, the brake pad's metal backing plate had worn its way into the OEM rotors surface prompting immediate need for replacement brake rotors. 

With the issues that arose from the driving abuse putting me in the market for new rotors, I went with the Centric Premium Rotor for several reasons. Featuring a high quality casting with a good internal cooling vane structure, these rotors help protect against warpage. In addition, the rotor face on both sides is machined to have a cross-hatch design to improve pad bed-in. Once more, these castings are completely dipped in an anti-corrosive material to resist oxidation. From my experience, this final measure is very rarely done and is not found on most cost-effective brands. Without this coating you will most often be left with a rusty rotor that isn't pleasing to the eye and is damaging to the rotor.

And, to help you choose the proper braking equipment for your vehicle, read "Choosing Brake Components." The Centric Premium Rotors have worked well on my new Eclipse and are available at a great price for a large variety of applications.

Shop by vehicle
to find the rotors that will help get rid of your vehicle's unwanted noise and vibration.

Super Tire: Michelin Pilot Super Sport

Friday, July 15, 2011 by Jonas Paeplow
Michelin Pilot Super SportI recently had the opportunity to test the new Michelin Pilot Super Sport on our test track and on the road. The Pilot Super Sport is Michelin's newest Max Performance Summer tire; however after the test drive, I can tell you this tire is definitely going to push the limits of the category. Developed for the world's most sophisticated performance vehicles and as a direct replacement to the venerable Pilot Sport PS2, the Pilot Super Sport exceeds the PS2 in wet and dry traction, handling, durability and tread life.
 
Michelin has always had a great reputation for building tires with excellent road manners. The Pilot Super Sport continues this tradition. It features a polyester cord body to promote a comfortable ride and responsive handling. Smooth and quiet are the order of the day, kind of like Clark Kent. Clark Kent was a mild-mannered reporter for the "Daily Planet," but as his alter ego, Superman, he was "faster than a speeding bullet, more powerful than a locomotive, able to leap tall buildings in a single bound."

I like to describe to my customers the great combination of road manners and handling characteristics of the Michelin Pilot Sport PS2 as "a wolf in sheep's clothing." The Pilot Super Sport is the like PS2 on steroids.

The Pilot Super Sport was a direct result of technology developed in the demanding world of endurance racing. By building longer wearing racing tires without sacrificing performance, Michelin's tires allowed teams to run record race paces while converting some of the time previously spent changing tires in the pits into productive time covering more miles on the track. Ultimately resulting in bringing home race victories at the 24 Hours of Le Mans, 12 Hours of Sebring and Road Atlanta's Petit Lemans, just to name a few. 

These race victories also led to the development of the Variable Contact Patch 2.0 to improve footprint pressure distribution, which in turn aids handling and improves treadlife. A tire's contact patch is the only connection between the road and the vehicle. The size and shape of the contact patch, as well as the pressure distribution within the contact patch are important to the ride qualities and handling characteristics of a vehicle. Because pneumatic tires are flexible, the contact patch is different when the vehicle is in motion from when it is static.

What I liked best about the tire was the crisp steering response, its wet and dry grip and great on-center feel. These factors were very evident as I was coaching young drivers during the Tire Rack Street Survival Teen Driving School. One of the participants, driving his father's car, just happened to have the Pilot Super Sports installed. We have the students drive on our test track around several obstacles and on the skid pad to get a feel for the limits of the car and their tires. One of the techniques we employ late in the day, when confidence has been building, is to induce a little oversteer on the wet skid pad to see how well the students react. No matter how hard I tried I could not induce oversteer in this car on these tires.

While the Pilot Super Sport may not be faster than a speeding bullet, more powerful than a locomotive or able to leap tall buildings in a single bound, it is fast, it is strong and it is every bit the super tire Michelin said it would be.

  • Better handling - Inspired by the same engineering that has powered 13 consecutive victories at 24 Hours of Le Mans.
  • Longer lasting - Optimized through technology of Variable Contact Patch 2.0 and Twaron belt package for long, even wear.
  • Better braking - Bi-compound delivers excellent dry braking using LeMans-inspired compound on the outer shoulder and the latest generation of wet-oriented elastomers on the inner portion of the tread.
  • Lighter weight - Pilot Super Sport tires are comparatively light, with weight savings of up to 10% compared to other tires of similar dimensions. This reduces unsprung weight to improve handling.
At the 2011 Tire Rack One Lap of America. The overall champion and the winner of  both the wet and dry skidpad challenge were riding on Michelin Pilot Super Sport tires. Born from endurance racing, Michelin Pilot Super Sport gives you the exhilaration of driving the best performing street tire in the world. It truly is a super tire. No phone booth required.

Say "Ah-Tay" for Brake Rotors

Friday, May 20, 2011 by Jonas Paeplow
ATE PremiumOne RotorAs soon as you see ATE PremiumOne® Rotors, you know they’re different. A distinctive set of elliptical grooves have been machined into the rotor face. A satin silver coating covers the entire rotor.

The patented RotorLife® Elliptical Groove Wear Indicator and MetaCote® protective coating deliver performance and convenience unequalled in other rotor lines.

The unique pattern you see on the face of the ATE PremiumOne Rotor is the RotorLife Elliptical Groove Wear Indicator. It’s a groove cut into the rotor surface at complementary angles to allow heat and gases to escape more easily from under the brake pad when it’s in contact with the rotor. Moving the gases out quickly reduces brake fade and extends pad life.

As an added feature, the RotorLife Groove shows you when it’s time to replace the rotor. When the groove’s worn away, it’s time for new rotors – simple as that.

Most rotors look good when they are first installed. But, after only a few trips their looks start to fade. They develop rust around the edges of the rotor face –- and sometimes over the whole rotor face -– making your car’s appearance less than it could be.

MetaCote protective coating provides an attractive, durable surface that helps prevent rust and corrosion and sheds water and dirt, to maintain a clean appearance. MetaCote protects against road salt, brake fluid and other corrosives, and it looks great behind alloy wheels. MetaCote also eliminates the need to use removeable coatings that need to be cleaned off prior to use, saving installation time.

"These brake rotors are great. Way better than OEM rotors. Car stops on a dime now even at highway speeds. I am very impressed with the product and would buy these rotors for every car I buy and the price is not that expensive for a slotted rotor." -- Tire Rack Consumer Review

ATE PremiumOne Rotors all feature an application-specific design. The brake parts that ATE make for your vehicle have been engineered to work with your vehicle’s brake system, vehicle weight and handling characteristics.

Unlike other rotors that take a one-size-fits-all approach, ATE PremiumOne Disc Brake Rotors are based on the Original Equipment design and engineered to tighter tolerances.

Squeaking Brakes?

Tuesday, February 15, 2011 by Mac McNabb
Hawk Performance Brake PadsHere are a few steps to help prevent squeaking in your brakes:

1. Grease the slide pins and use appropriate lubricants on all brake components.

2. Do your brake pads have noise abatement? Good brake pads have pre-installed shims to defend against vibration in the pad. Tapered leading and trailing edges on the surface of the pad also prevent chattering against the rotor.

3. There is a sequence that must be completed after installing new brake pads that beds/brandishes the pad to the rotor properly. It involves laying down a thin layer of brake pad material into the rotor to help with proper adhesion. It is important to remember that you must replace or turn your rotors after replacing brake pads to help ensure there is no more squeaking.

4. Reinstall the spring clips, as they are designed to prevent resonance and vibration. Without the spring clips you may experience excessive vibration that leads to brake noise. 

To see our complete selection of brake pads, shop by vehicle. Product information includes stopping power, noise and dust ratings.

Replacement Brake Pads for Acuras

Tuesday, February 1, 2011 by Hunter Leffel
Tire Rack offers aftermarket replacement brakes for many vehicles including Acuras. You can improve stopping power, dusting and noise with great pads from Akebono, Satisfied and Hawk Performance.

For low dust and noise options:

A great direct replacement. Akebono Ceramic Technology (ACT) helps reduce noise, harshness and vibration.








Satisfied Pro Ceramic VS Pads
Using a special ceramic material creates a quiet and smooth braking experience.








Hawk Performance Ceramic
Pads

Hawk Performance Ceramic Pads
A low dusting ceramic formula with higher friction for quicker stops.






Options for better stopping power
:

Akebono Street Performance Pads

Akebono Street Performance Pads
High quality and long-lasting while providing stopping power. If you push your vehicle to the limit or like having the safety net of extra stopping power, then these pads are for you.







Satisfied GranSport 6 Pads

Satisfied GranSport 6 Pads
Using Race Grid Technology, these pads provide superior stopping, while maintaining low noise.







Hawk Performance HPS Street Brake Pads

Hawk Performance Street brake pads
Made in the U.S.A. This premium braking pad provides fast stops, quick initial bite and low dust and noise levels.

Turning Rotors. Should I or Shouldn't I?

Friday, January 21, 2011 by Mac McNabb
ATE Brake RotorsAs spring nears, many drivers wonder if they should replace their rotors, or simply turn them? To address this question, there are a few basics to consider.

Technically speaking your brakes are an energy transfer device. They take the force of your vehicle and absorb it into the braking system, causing heat from the friction.

The bigger the "heat sync" or rotor, the better the chance of dispersing that energy and recovering in time to stop. The relationship between the pad and rotor is key in the strength and ability to dispense the heat for your brakes.  DBA Rotor

Will your car be affected if you choose to turn your rotors instead of replacing them? The answer depends on the manner in which you drive your vehicle. If you drive in a pedestrian manner and never push the limits of your car, turning your rotors would be allowed. If you push your vehicle's limits in a sporty manner, you may find yourself in a situation where your braking power is diminished and turning your rotors is not an option. However, rotors are inexpensive and can be changed for less than the cost of labor for turning.  

If you decide to replace your rotors, check out options by vehicle here.

Acura Brake Pads at Tire Rack Stop Smoothly

Wednesday, August 25, 2010 by Chad Hocker
Meet your stopping needs with brakes and brake rotors available for your Acura. Don't worry about picking the wrong products. We check every order before we ship it out and offer lots of user reviews on the brake system products we sell. And our search results by vehicle will only generate a list of products that are specifically a fit for your vehicle.

Use our brake performance rating system too, to help you pick brakes that meet your needs. Ratings are provided in three categories: stopping power, low dust and noise. The more red dots you see the better stopping power, lower noise level and lower dust. Original Equipment (O.E.) replacement brake pads all the way up to all-out track pads are available.

Some of the most popular Acura brake pads available are:
Akebono ProACT Ceramic PadsHawk HPS Street Brake PadsHawk Performance Ceramic Brake Pads

Check now to see which brakes will work best for your Acura.

Brake Fluid Maintenance

Tuesday, August 10, 2010 by Jonas Paeplow

Look through the maintenance schedule in the average owner’s manual and you probably won’t find a specific change interval for brake fluid. But, just because no specific time or mileage recommendations for ­replacing brake fluid exist, doesn’t mean you should ignore it, especially if you are using your car for competition purposes.

 

As a rule of thumb, the minimum preventative maintenance interval for brake fluid should be at least every two years, more frequently, if the vehicle is used in a high performance, or heavy duty use environment. Brake fluid should always be changed when the brakes pads or shoes are replaced or when replacing a caliper, wheel cylinder, brake line, hose or master cylinder. Bleeding and flushing brake fluid is the best way to minimize the danger of fluid boil and internal corrosion in the brake system.

DOT3 and DOT4 brake fluid contains glycol, as well as various corrosion inhibitors and seal conditioners. When brake fluid is manufactured, it contains no moisture. But the properties of brake fluid make it hygroscopic in nature, meaning it attracts water.

Moisture contamination causes several things to happen. When the fluid absorbs water, it lowers the fluid’s boiling temperature. DOT3 brake fluid, which is most commonly used in domestic cars and light trucks, has a minimum dry boiling point of 401ºF. A 3% level of water contamination will lower the boiling point 25% or 100ºF!

 

Goodridge G-Stop Brakeline KitAfter just one year of service, DOT3 fluid may contain as much as 2% water. After 18 months, the level of contamination can be as high as 3%. And after several years of service, it’s not unusual to find brake fluid that has soaked up as much as 7-8% water. The problem is even more acute in older vehicles due to internal seal wear and porosity in the brake hoses. Replacing your hoses with a Goodridge G-Stop Brakeline Kit with stainless steel brake lines goes a long way toward reducing this possibility.

Under normal driving conditions, neglected brake fluid may not pose a serious safety concern. The calipers on most cars and trucks won’t get hot enough in everyday driving to make the fluid boil. But under severe conditions, such as: driving down a mountain, towing a heavy trailer or the occasional track day, the brakes may get hot enough to make the fluid boil. Braking generates a lot of heat. A quick stop from 40 or 50 mph can raise the temperature of the front rotors a couple hundred degrees. Several hard, quick stops in rapid succession or riding the brakes while driving, can increase rotor temperatures to 600°F or higher. Since vapor is compressable but liquid is not, once brake fluid turns to vapor, the bubbles cause an increase in the distance the pedal must travel to apply the brakes. This is called “pedal fade” and it may result in brake failure.

You really can’t tell how contaminated brake fluid is just by looking at it. New fluid may be clear to amber-colored. The fluid will typically become darker as it ages, but this doesn’t necessarily mean it’s contaminated. If you see rust or sediment in the fluid, the fluid is long overdue for a change. High brake temperatures accelerate the rate at which the corrosion inhibitors in brake fluid break down. As the fluid ages, oxidation eats away at metal surfaces, creating dissolved acids and sludge that are carried with the fluid. These contaminants increase seal, piston and bore wear in the calipers, wheel cylinders and master cylinder. They can also damage ABS solenoid valves and cause them to jam and stick.


ATE Type 200 Amber Brake Fluid
ATE Type 200 Amber
Brake Fluid
ATE Super Blue Racing Brake Fluid
ATE Super Blue Racing
Brake Flui



For performance or heavy duty applications I would recommend ATE Type 200 Amber Brake Fluid or ATE Super Blue Racing Brake Fluid. Both are designed to excel within the extreme demands made on a heavy duty or race vehicle and exceed all DOT4 standards. They are compatible with and will mix well with most DOT3, DOT4 or DOT5.1 fluids. Their formulations offer higher boiling points (wet or dry) and minimal drop in boiling point with age, resulting in a longer lasting fluid. By alternating the use of blue and amber colored fluids, evidence of a more complete system flush can be accomplished. When adding fluid to the system, use the type of brake fluid specified by the vehicle manufacturer (DOT3 or DOT4). Brake fluid specifications can be found in the vehicle's owner’s manual, maintenance guide, or on the master cylinder reservoir or filler cap.

 

 

 

Pontiac Brake Pads and Rotors

Wednesday, June 23, 2010 by Chad Hocker
Hawk Performance BrakesLast weekend’s project was to replace the brakes on my Pontiac. The O.E. brake rotors and pads had served us well but it was time for something a little better. Over the winters, the rotors had rusted and didn't look as good with the new Elbrus wheels on the car.

The nice thing about brake systems (brake pad and brake rotor combination) at Tire Rack is that there is usually more than one option for your vehicle. For example, for my 2000 Pontiac there are nine different choices of front and rear brakes and seven different brake rotors available. That may seem overwhelming, but actually it is pretty easy to make a selection. Decide ahead of time what is important to you: low noise, stopping power, or low dust. Then select a performance category and use the red bubble brake pad grading scale nnext to the brake pads to pick the best pad. Whether they end up being ceramic disc brake pads or composite disc brake pads, pick the custom brake set-up that works best for your needs and driving style.

My goal for the brake system on the Pontiac was to achieve good, predictable stopping power with minimal noise and lower levels of dust. I selected the ATE PremiumOne Rotors with Hawk Performance Ceramic Pads front and rear. They look and stop much better with the new wheels!
AE ROtorHawk Performance Cermaic Brake Pads

New brake pads require a bed-in. Know what that means?

Tuesday, June 15, 2010 by Tire Rack Team
If you recently purchased a new set of brake pads, you'll want to make sure you observe the bed-in procedures specifically outlined by each manufacturer (click for details). But before you get to that point, you'll need to make sure those brake pads are installed correctly. We can recommend an installer, or you can do it yourself if you're experienced—either way, make sure the pads are installed on new or resurfaced rotors that are clean and without excessive run-out. In fact, if the run-out is more than .004" then you'll want to replace it.

Once installed, you'll want to observe those manufacturer bed-in guidelines very carefully. That means there will be a specific amount of mileage where you'll need to drive somewhat moderately so that the brake pad compounds can successfully develop the necessary film on the rotors. Failing to observe those mileages can lead to excessive heat buildup, which can negatively affect your new braking system.

Click here to read "Brake Pad and Rotor Bed-In Procedures" in our library of Brake Tech articles. And as always, you can shop by vehicle for brake system upgrades.

Ate brake pads and rotors for high quality replacement brakes.

Wednesday, June 9, 2010 by Gary Stanley
Looking to upgrade from conventional brake pads? 

The Ate (Ah-Tay) brand has been developed by the Continental Teves' group which is responsible for many outstanding original equipment braking and stability control systems. Among these OE applications are the BMW 3-series and Mini Cooper.
 
The pads incorporate vehicle specific formulations which provide excellent performance on a wide variety of applications.  
 
Ate Original Brake Pads European Applications


 

Ate PremiumOne Brake Pads Domestic and Asian Applications

 


 


Don't forget your brake rotors!  

Ate PremiumOne Brake Rotors  have a cool-looking and functional elliptical slotting, Patented RotorLife wear indicator. and a corrosion resistant coating to keep them looking new.




Would you like to know what Ate offers for your car?  Search our online inventory.

Check your tread depth regularly with this handy tool.

Friday, June 4, 2010 by Tire Rack Team
A simple coin can check your tread depth, but the results—unless you know exactly what you're doing—can certainly vary. And the coin test is not meant to replace real measurements. Invest that loose change into a product that guarantees good results.

The Dill® Digital Tread Depth Gauge is only $19, and can be used to measure brake shoe and pad wear as well. Tread depth is displayed on an easy-to-read digital screen, and readings can be taken quickly and accurately whenever and wherever.

Click here to see all the air and tread depth gauges in Tire Rack's inventory of aftermarket accessories.

Centric Rotors: Quality at a good value

Wednesday, June 2, 2010 by Clint Crabtree
I recently replaCentric Premium Rotorced the brake rotors and pads on my everyday driver. The car has 100,000 miles on it so I was looking for a good value. After doing my research on Tire Rack website, I decided on the Centric Premium rotors.

I am very glad I made the choice. It is a definite upgrade from the previous brake package. And with the addition of Hawk brake pads, the braking transition is very smooth and quiet. It gives me confidence in all driving conditions

Hawkish on Brakes

Thursday, May 20, 2010 by Jonas Paeplow
Are you looking for better stopping power, lower noise and dust, less pad and rotor wear? Then you need to get "Hawkish" about your brakes.

Hawk Performance brake pads have been successful in motorsports for almost 20 years. SCCA, NASA, CART and NASCAR are just a few of the many professional and amateur racing organizations worldwide whose participants use Hawk pads. This success helps Hawk Performance enjoy the benefits of the “Win on Sunday, Sell on Monday,” philosophy. Hawk is one of few brake pad manufacturers that can deliver on the promise, “Race Proven – Street Legal.

Hawk Performance’s brake pads provide maximum stopping power without excess dust, noise and rotor overheating or uniformity issues. Superior stopping power coupled with low dust and noise is why I recommend Hawk Performance by name. 

If you want a great performance pad with more initial "bite" for street or occasional autocross use, but don't want to take a bite out of your rotors, look no further.


Hawk HPS Street PadsThe High Performance Street / HPS compound offers a higher coefficient of friction over stock brake pads and can provide you 20-40% more stopping power and higher resistance to brake fade than standard replacement pads. Less fade means you’ll have a highly durable brake pad with less brake dust.


HPS Street Features:

  • Increased stopping power
  • High friction/torque hot or cold
  • Gentle on rotors
  • Extended pad life
  • Low dust
  • Virtually noise-free
Do you consider yourself a spirited driver with a performance car that gives you great pleasure to drive? You want to get the most out of your brakes but you don't want to spend all of your time cleaning those nice wheels? I have one word for you, "Ceramic."

Performance Ceramic is engineered to reduce brake NVH (Noise, Vibration and Hawk Performance Ceramic PadsHarshness), creating a quieter performing brake pad. The ceramic brake pad formula has a linear friction profile that allows your ABS brake system to work more effectively. With Performance Ceramic you can expect reduced brake pad wear, lower dust output levels and a rotor-friendly brake pad, with better than O.E. stopping power.

Performance Ceramic Features:   
  • Increased stopping power
  • Increased rotor life
  • Extended pad life
  • Ultra-low dust
  • Extremely quiet
  • Stable friction output
If you autocross your car regularly or want an effective pad without high temp requirements for the occasional track day, then take a look at the HP Plus Race pads.

Hawk HP Plus brake padHP Plus utilizes a unique Ferro-Carbon, high-tech friction material that was developed and manufactured for sport driving in autocross, and “track day” applications. The pad formulation offers lower wear rates and higher torque values. Extremely high coefficient of friction makes HP Plus the perfect upgrade over stock for high performance cars used in autocross competition and applications that require or experience repetitive heavy braking.                                                    


HP Plus Features:

  • Extremely high friction output
  • Fade resistant
  • Perfect for autocross & club racing events


It's time to get Hawkish about your brakes with the "Hawk Advantage"

  • Quick warm-up with strong, balanced initial bite
  • 20-40% more stopping power over stock pads
  • Rotor friendly - will not shorten rotor life
  • Outlast stock brake pads
  • Superior fade resistance
  • Low dust properties
  • Whisper quiet performance

What Speeds Up Must Slow Down, Don't Forget the Brakes

Thursday, May 13, 2010 by Chad Hocker
Don't overlook your brake system when upgrading your vehicle with performance parts. Tire Rack has a number of brake pads and brake rotors available to fit the needs of your driving style. If you prefer replacement brake pads similar to the Original Equipment pads or something with a little more performance or event track pads, Tire Rack has them available and while replacing the pads it's also a good time to replace the rotors while you're on the job.

Don't worry; all you need to know is which vehicle you want to put your brakes on. We have Audi Brake Pads, Acura Brake Pads, BMW Brake Pads, and Brake Pads made to fit many other vehicles. Just let us know the year, make and model of your car and we'll guide you through the selection process. 

All of the brake pads and brake rotors are divided into four categories: Premium, Performance Street, Autocross/Track and Truck & SUV.  I would suggest picking rotors and brakes from the same performance categories to ensure a good match.

ATE Brake RotorsPro Performance OE Replacement Disc Brake Pads

Brake Tech Information


Stopping Your Oversize A/T Tires or M/T Tires

Wednesday, May 12, 2010 by Austin Martin

Need better brakes for your oversize All Terrain Tires or Mud Tires that you can't slow down fast enough? Give Hawk Performance brake pads a try. I have a Toyota 4Runner with 33X12.50X17 All Terrain Tires on it. Stopping the vehicle on 33" tires with the stock brakes was a challenge at times. Hawk Performance HPS pads offer 20-40% more stopping power over the Original Equipment pads.


 I installed the Hawk HPS street brake pads on my 4Runner and what a big difference it made. With the Hawk HPS pads the braking feels like I have the Original Equipment size tires back on the SUV.

Key Features and Benefits of Hawk Performance HPS Brake Pads:

  • High friction/torque hot or cold
  • Gentle on rotors
  • Very quiet, low nois
  • Improved braking over OE pads
  • Extended pad life 
 
 

 

If you have bigger tires, truck or SUV I would try the Hawk LTS Truck/SUV pads.

Key Features & Benefits of Hawk Performance LTS Brake Pads:

Improved braking over standard replacement pads
Smooth engagement
Extremely fade resistant
Low noise output
Low dust output
Extended pad life
Increased rotor life

   



     If you just can't stop, try the Hawk HP SuperDuty brake pads. The Hawk SuperDuty brake pads will give you the best stopping power but you will notice more noise and dust from these pads.

Key Features and Benefits of Hawk Performance SuperDuty Brake Pads:


  • Stable friction output
  • Extremely fade resistant
  • Extended pad life
  • Increased rotor life
  • Much improved braking over OE pads

How to Choose Brake Components

Wednesday, May 12, 2010 by Tire Rack Team
We all know how important your brake components are to the overall safety of your vehicle. But when it comes time to purchase new brake components, the correct choice can be painfully unobvious. At Tire Rack, we do everything we can to help you through the process.

You can search our inventory according to your vehicle, after which we'll create a customized list of products.

When it comes time to replace brakes, we suggest you start by looking at the type of brakes that are currently on your vehicle. What can be improved upon? What are you willing to trade to make that happen? Then check out our Performance Categories. You may find yourself gravitating toward one in particular.

Think about combining brake pad replacements with new rotors, too. Sport slotted and/or drilled rotors will make your car look like it belongs on the track, and can also enhance your brake system. In fact, there are a number of tweaks you can make to improve your brake system beyond just changing the performance brake pads.

Shop by vehicle to see a list of suitable products for yours, from which you can pick according to your individual needs.

Brake Squeak!

Friday, May 7, 2010 by Mac McNabb
Are you having issues with your brakes squeaking? Is it time for a replacement or are they fairly new?

Let's start with the possibility that they need to be replaced. Often the manufacturer of your brake pad will add metal clips that cause squealing or squeaking to occur when the pads are worn. If this seems to be the case, time for new brakes. Here is a quick part list of what you will need:
Hawk
PADS.  You need to select a pad that works well for how you drive.

Semi Metallic:   more aggressive and more stopping power, but more noise and dust.
                        Examples:  Hawk HPS Street Sport, ATE Original Premium One
                                          Satisfied GranSport GS6
Ceramic:          less dust and noise, but not as aggressive bite and stopping power.
                        Examples:  Akebono Pro ACT, ATE Premium One, Hawk Performance Ceramic

ROTORS.   More than likely you will need rotors. It is recommended that you do not turn your rotors, but replace with new ones. A rotor's effectiveness is based on dispersing heat, and taking any metal away will diminish its ability to do such.

Solid:               Normal driving to autocross racing (parking lot with cones/markers)
                        Centric, Cryo-Stop, Brembo
Slotted:           Extremely aggressive driving to road racing. (large, repeated speed changes)
                       ATE, Power Slot, Power Slot Cryo, Brembo, DBAPower Slot

FLUID.  If it has been 50+ thousand miles or you drive your vehicle hard, you may consider flushing your fluid. If you fluid looks like coffee or tea at the caliper end, time to flush.

So if you are the type of person that decides to change the brakes on your BMW 335i and are looking for an added edge, this is a project you can do! Remember when you upgraded to the Michelin Pilot Sport PS2 tire? Choosing the right brakes will make the same difference for stopping as the difference the right tire makes for cornering!