Best Brake Pads for 2014? It Could Be Brembo's New Offering

Monday, March 31, 2014 by Zig Ziegler

All brake pads produce dust as they wear. However, there are some pad materials that create a less noticeable dust and don't make your wheels look like they're covered in tar. A newer form of friction material, called ceramic composite, creates a light-colored dust that's much less noticeable and is less likely to stick to your wheels. Ceramic pads are quieter and easier on brake rotors. These pads can also extend brake life beyond a semi-metallic pad.

New this year are the Ceramic Brake Pads from Brembo. The pads are available to fit most popular sporty sedans and coupes like BMW, Audi and Mercedes-Benz. Designed and engineered to enhance braking power, Brembo Ceramic Brake Pads minimize braking distances while offering a quiet and safe braking experience on a variety of road conditions. Original Equipment Direct Moulding Pressing Process provides a proper and accurate fit. The positive molding process uses extreme pressure to compress friction materials and provide balanced bonding to the backing plate. Each pad is then thermal scorched following Brembo's O.E. specifications to lessen running-in and fading.

Brembo's multi-layer ESE (Elastomer - Steel - Elastomer) red shim, clearly identifying the pads as Brembo pads, dampens noise and minimizes vibrations. Additional noise dampening is handled by the backing plate which also acts as a heat shield to reduce heat transfer to the caliper.

If you're looking to change the pads on your vehicle and want an alternative to black brake dust, take a look at the Brembo Ceramic Brake Pads. When changing brake pads, it's a good time to change brake wear sensors and maybe time to consider changing your brake fluid. Don't forget you'll get free shipping on all brakes, suspension and other parts and accessories on your order over $50.

What's the Best Brake Pad?

Wednesday, February 26, 2014 by Doc Horvath

For most commuters, brake pads are items they can go through quickly and are often replaced only due to failure. In these cases, most people are prone to making quick decisions and don't take the time to consider the options available. To help find the best brake pad for your style of driving, review the differences in performance categories.

Premium

Assuming your vehicle never makes it to the track, brake pads in this category provide all the stopping power you need as you drive around town or hit the highway for a cross-country trip. Premium pads are of either semi-metallic materials for a good blend of stopping power and low noise or a ceramic compound to offer the same performance but with less dusting. Consider the options from Akebono, Brembo and Centric if this sounds like your style of driving.

Performance Street

Pads in this category move the driver one step up the performance ladder. They offer a quicker initial bite of the pad to the rotor and more resistance to brake fade in high temperature applications. All the pads in this category will use different combinations of semi-metallic compounds to give the driver better performance but at the cost of more brake dust and decreased rotor life. Hawk and StopTech provide great options in this category.

Autocross/Track

Brake pads from the Autocross/Track performance category exist to provide ultimate stopping power in the most extreme temperature conditions. Given their higher temperature thresholds, most pads in this category are not well suited for street use as they need to be warmed up above ambient temperature to be effective. Within the category, there exist different ideal temperature ranges so the driver can fine-tune the pad to their anticipated use. However, all track pads will come with a noticeable increase in pad and rotor wear, along with extreme amounts of brake dust that would be considered unacceptable for street use. Hawk provides the bulk of our options in this category.

How do you find the brake pad that's right for your application? Shopping by vehicle will show you every option that's a match for your car!

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin Pilot Super Sport

Friday, February 7, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

The following post was created from content submitted via Tire Rack's consumer surveys. Information shown is the opinion of the consumer and meant to be used for comparison shopping purposes.

Michelin Pilot Super Sport Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.86
 
 

1986 Porsche 944 Turbo
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Buy/More Info
Miles driven on tires: 15,000
Location: San Marcos, TX
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 15,000 Miles on Tires
January 28, 2014

I drive a heavily modified Porsche 951 making around 450 hp and 450 ft-lbs. The torque comes in quick and hard, it takes a really sticky tire to not turn to smoke in 1st and 2nd gear. These tires are the best I've ever had on this car, I'm running the 265/35/18 on a 10" wide wheel and its a little small, my next purchase will be 295/30/18's of the same tire. These things let me put my power to the ground, but they also let my car handle like a Porsche. I'm sitting on some pretty aggressive coil over suspension all around with huge sway bars and solid mounts everywhere. The car was built to rip corners, and these tires hold like glue at 100+ mph turns. I've got huge 4 pot brembo brakes grabbing 14" rotors on the car, with some pretty aggressive pagid pads. Its enough brake force to lock up most tires at 100 mph at max pedal effort, but these tires are the best non slicks I've ever used as far as having the grip to let me stop quickly. They handle wet weather great too, but I have to warn people these are a true summer tire and are downright dangerous in near freezing temps. I can't comment on the ride quality of these tires due to the aforementioned suspension, nor on the sound of them because I can't hear anything over my 4" open turbo-back exhaust. Tread life isn't incredible but I'm hard on these tires, sliding them around and spinning them fairly often. Also, its an incredibly soft performance tire so I wasn't expecting amazing life out of them. I said to myself if I got 10k miles on the street out of them I would be happy, and so far I'm at 15k and I think I can make it to 20k. When my current set of 4 is toast, I will definitely be buying another, slightly wider set. Great tires!

 

Upgrade Your Vehicle's Performance with Brembo Brakes

Tuesday, January 28, 2014 by Zig Ziegler

Brembo is the brake component manufacturer many race teams, enthusiasts and daily drivers depend on to give their vehicle the increased braking performance they demand.

To Brembo, racing is the most advanced experimental laboratory for assessing the success of its products. Teams equipped with Brembo brakes have won hundreds of automobile and motorcycle racing championships in such internationally recognized racing organizations as Formula 1, CART, NASCAR, FIA World Rally and Superbike.

Their race-inspired braking systems and components are used as Original Equipment on the world’s finest passenger cars and light trucks. Vehicle manufacturers using Brembo components include BMW, Porsche and Ferrari, along with specific applications for such automobiles as Mercedes-Benz, Dodge Viper and the Ford Mustang Cobra.

 Brembo Sport Drilled Rotors
Brembo Sport Drilled Rotors
 Brembo Sport Slotted Rotors
Brembo Sport Slotted Rotors


Tire Rack offers Brembo pads and rotors for most vehicles which are a simple upgrade to your vehicle's performance and style. We also offer Brembo Ceramic Brake Pads, as well as Brembo Replacement Rotors, Brembo Sport Drilled Rotors and Brembo Sport Slotted Rotors.

Brembo Sport Drilled Rotor:

  • Gold finish
  • For everyday use, as well as high performance street and highway driving
  • Matches O.E. dimensions
  • Bold, aggressive appearance

Brembo Sport Slotted Rotors:

  • Gold finish
  • For everyday use, as well as high performance street and track driving
  • Matches O.E. dimensions
  • Race-ready look

Shop by vehicle and view the full line of brake products offered for your driving needs. When it comes time to find the best braking components for your vehicle, consider upgrading your performance with Brembo brake pads and rotors.

What Are the Best Brake Rotors for My Car?

Wednesday, July 31, 2013 by Zig Ziegler

When choosing a new rotor, the fist question should be: "Are you happy with the current stopping power of your vehicle or would you like to increase the braking performance?" 

Tire Rack offers many rotors which will be direct Original Equipment replacement rotors, like the Centric Plain 120 Series and Brembo Replacement Rotor. These rotors maintain the same braking performance as the Original Equipment.

 Centric Plain 120 Series
Centric Plain 120 Series Rotor
 Brembo Replacement Rotor
Brembo Replacement Rotor


If you're looking to increase performance or style, you may want to choose a slotted or drilled rotor like the Brembo Sport Slotted Rotor or the StopTech SportStop Drilled Rotor. Some high performance vehicles like BMW, Mercedes-Benz and Audi even come built from the factory with slotted or drilled rotors. In cases like this, these items would be direct Original Equipment replacements. 

 Brembo Sport Slotted Rotors
Brembo Sport Slotted Rotors
 StopTech SportStop Drilled Rotor
StopTech SportStop Drilled Rotor


The science behind the slotted and drilled rotors is during heavy braking. These rotors get so hot that when the brake pad makes contact with the rotor, it'll release exhaust gases from humidity, rain or road grime and tiny air bubbles are trapped between the rotor and pads. This gives you a spongy, unresponsive pedal feel until all gases have escaped after a few moments. The drilled or slotted areas on the rotor provide the exhaust gases a quicker route to escape, therefore, letting the pad make contact with the rotor quicker.

To view the full list of brake rotors offered for your application, shop by vehicle.

Buying the Best Brake Rotors and Pads? It Might Be Time to Change the Brake Fluid!

Friday, June 28, 2013 by Zig Ziegler

Brake fluid supplies the caliper hydraulic pressure needed to clamp the brake pads onto the rotor and provide stopping power. It is also subjected to high amounts of heat in disc brake calipers. However, hydraulic braking systems are not 100% sealed from moisture and over time the fluid will retain more and more water. Typically, brake fluid has a dry boiling point of over 500°F, whereas water boils at 212°F.

The problem with too much moisture is that the boiling point of the brake fluid significantly drops to the wet boiling point, which can be around 200°F lower than the dry boiling point. Boiling point is significant because when something reaches its boiling point it vaporizes and vapor is highly compressible. Since fluid is not easily compressed, when you hit the brakes with dry brake fluid it provides a smooth, stiff pedal feel. Yet, when too much moisture is present, the brake fluid boils when in the caliper and compresses, which gives that spongy pedal feel.

 ATE Super Blue Racing Fluid
ATE Super Blue Racing
Fluid
 Brembo Sport.EVO 500 Fluid
Brembo Sport.EVO 500
Fluid
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StopTech STR-660 Ultra Performance Race Brake Fluid


When changing your brake rotors and pads, consider replacing the fluid as well to get the most firm pedal feel and shortest stopping distance. We offer a full line of track and street brake fluid to complete any full service braking system replacement. Most brake fluid systems should be flushed every one to two years in non-track driving conditions and more often when tracking your vehicle.

Shop by vehicle to view all braking components available for your application.

New Muscle Car Wheels from Hurst and Hotchkis

Tuesday, March 26, 2013 by Steve Huffman

Is it time for some new wheels for your Mustang, Camaro or Challenger? New for 2013, Tire Rack offers a great selection of Hurst and Hotchkis wheels for your American classic. In addition to these brands, we still offer American Racing wheels, which has always been a popular choice.

Hotchkis' Y-Sport is offered in a 20" rim diameter with two finish options, matte graphite silver and machined with matte graphite accent. It's also offered in 9" and 10" widths to give you the option to stagger the tire sizes. As a new wheel style that goes outside the muscle car 5-spoke style, it's aggressive looking to give your car some attitude.

If you prefer the classic 5-spoke style, Hotchkis offers the S-Sport. As a split-spoke design, the wheel looks great and will show off your Brembo brakes. The S-Sport comes in a 20" rim diameter and 8.5" and 9.5" widths. Two finish options provide drivers different styles to show off their car the way they want, machined with black accent and silver machined with clearcoat.

Last, but not least, is my favorite wheel, the Hurst Stunner New Version. Also available in a 20" rim diameter, the wheel's finish is machined with anthracite accent. For Mustangs and Challengers, it's available in 9" and 10" widths, and for the Camaro, it comes in 9" and 11" widths.

Hotchkis Y-Sport
Hotchkis Y-Sport
Hotchkis S-Sport
Hotchkis S-Sport
Hurst Stunner
Hurst Stunner New Version


Set your American muscle car apart from the rest by searching by vehicle to find the wheels available for your application.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric All-Season

Monday, November 5, 2012 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

The following post was created from content submitted via Tire Rack's consumer surveys. Information shown is the opinion of the consumer and meant to be used for comparison shopping purposes.


Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric All-SeasonReviewer's Overall Rating: 8.75

2013 Ford Mustang GT Coupe
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Buy/More Info
Miles driven on tires: 1,200
Location: Pelham, NH
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 1,200 Miles on Tires
October 23, 2012

'13 GT (brembo / track pack) Car came with PZero summer only, which worked tremendously as long as temp is above 50F. No plans to drive car in any snow however in NH we have quite a few days in the fall and spring that are obviously below 50. Wasn't ready to "park it" for the winter so ordered these with a set of ford track pack wheels.

Steering and handling - no noticeable change. Progressive break-away, recover nicely as well. Steering response / turn in just as immediate as the PZeros. Does provide a bit more feedback information through wheel (mostly because of stiffer sidewalls)

Braking - Under hard braking tire does induce more ABS action however still can generate similar braking #s. Wet road braking is probably better than PZeros

Ride / Comfort - Do ride stiffer than the PZeros. Road noise is lower. No change in tracking for car

Wet traction is great; equal to PZero. Zero issue with hydro-planning.

Dry traction is more than adequate but not nearly the bite that PZeros have (provided it was 50 degrees out). My best 0-60 time on Pzero was 4.2 with these it's 4.5 (according to onboard track app)

Overall = Good looking tire, tremendous in wet conditions, rides very quiet. Ride is stiffer and dry-road traction is 90% as good as summer only tires.

Tire-Rack Service : Ordered tires at 3:00pm on monday afternoon. Had them on my car by 10AM tuesday (next day). Wheel balance is spot-on.. no shakes or vibrations on speeds fast enough for a few week stint in the pokey ;)


Tire Rack Consumer Review of the BFGoodrich g-Force T/A KDW 2

Tuesday, May 15, 2012 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

The following post was created from content submitted via Tire Rack's consumer surveys. Information shown is the opinion of the consumer and meant to be used for comparison shopping purposes.


BFGoodrich g-Force T/A KDW 2Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.88

2011 Ford Mustang GT Coupe
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Buy/More Info
Miles driven on tires: 1,000
Location: Charlotte, NC
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 1,000 Miles on Tires
May 02, 2012

I bought these tires because they were recommended to me from a friend. I read many reviews that were sub-par, and I honestly don't understand why. These tires are amazing. They have incredible grip under acceleration, cornering, braking, and even in the rain. They do NOT make all the noise that some people have whined about. They also look as cool as any other tire out there, not that that should be the main reason for purchasing a tire, but certainly doesn't hurt. For the money, you can't beat this tire. If putting them on a 2011+ Mustang GT(brembo) like I did, I would recommend going with the 275/35/19 on the back, and 245/40/19 on the front.(275's MIGHT rub on the front, and 255/40 is too tall, 255/35 is to short) This is the single best mod you can do to these cars.

What is the Best Brake Rotor for Your Vehicle?

Wednesday, April 11, 2012 by Zig Ziegler

Choosing the proper brake rotor is determined by the vehicle you drive and how you drive it. The majority of vehicles produced will have solid vented rotors. However, some high-performance vehicles like BMW, Mercedes-Benz and Audi are built with slotted or cross-drilled rotors, which are also vented.
 

If you were happy with your stock rotor's performance and stopping power, then direct O.E. replacements such as Centric Plain 120 Series Rotors , Centric High Carbon Plain 125 Series Rotors or Brembo Replacement Rotors would be a good choice. 
 

Centric Plain 120 Series Rotor
Centric Plain 120
Series Rotor

 
Centric High Carbon Plain 125 Series
Centric High Carbon Plain
125 Series Rotor
Brembo Replacement Rotor
Brembo Replacement
Rotor

Vehicles built from the factory with solid vented rotors may cause you to be unhappy with the stopping power, in that case, you may benefit from an upgraded rotor. Additionally, if you would classify yourself as a more spirited or aggressive driver I would recommend upgrading your rotors. The most common upgrade is replacing your solid rotors with either slotted or drilled rotors.
 

Under high heat and heavy stopping conditions, the rotor actually gets so hot that when the brake pads and rotors make initial contact, the pads release exhaust gases from road grime, water and overheating. The small air bubbles that form between the pad and rotor contribute to a spongy pedal feel. The slotting or drilling of brake rotors gives those gases a quiet way to escape; thus allowing the pad to make quicker contact with the rotor and provide you a stiffer and more precise pedal feel. Upgrades would include Brembo rotors such as the Sport Drilled and Sport Slotted, StopTech's SportStop Drilled Rotor, DBA's 4000 Series T3 Rotor and 5000 Series T3 2-Piece Rotor and Power Slot's Power Slot Rotor.

 

Brembo Sport Drilled Rotors
Brembo Sport Drilled
Rotor
Brembo Sport Slotted Rotors
Brembo Sport Slotted
Rotor
Stop Tech SportStop Drilled Rotor
StopTech SportStop Drilled Rotor

 

DBA 4000 Series T3 Rotor
DBA 4000 Series
T3 Rotor
DBA 5000 Series
DBA 5000 Series T3
2-Piece Rotor
Power Slot Rotor
Power Slot
Rotor


Whether you're looking for Brembo brake rotors or another brand, you can shop by vehicle to find the replacement option that's right for your application.

Don't Hibernate Your Camaro

Monday, January 23, 2012 by Cy Chowattukunnel
The Camaro is definitely one of those cars that everybody seems to love. If you're a Camaro driver who lives up north, you'll need winter / snow tires to keep your vehicle safe. Given the wide variety of Camaro trim levels and drivers' needs, both the Studless Ice and Snow and Light Truck/SUV Performance Winter / Snow tire options should be considered.

Winter / Snow Tire Sizes

Depending on your trim level and engine, your Original Equipment tires may have one of the following set-ups: 245/55-18 or 245/50-19 on all four corners, or the staggered set-up of 245/45-20 on the front and 275/40-20 on the rear or 245/40-21 on the front and 275/35-21 on the rear.

If you live in a harsh winter area like Green Bay, Wisconsin that receives lots of snow and you can moderate how hard you drive when the temperatures are warm and the roads are dry, then you should look at 225/65-17 Studless Ice and Snow tires. Camaro SS drivers should consider 235/55-19 Studless Ice and Snow tires since 17" wheels won't clear the O.E. Brembo brakes.

Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS)

Your Camaro uses a valve-stem-mounted Direct TPMS. O.E. sensors are $50* each and installation is part of our standard mounting and balancing. Your Camaro won't automatically learn the new sensors but you can initialize them yourself by following the instructions in your owner's manual.

Winter / Snow Tire & Wheel Package (Studless Ice and Snow)

A great Winter / Snow Tire & Wheel Package with a Studless Ice and Snow tire option would be the 225/65-17 Bridgestone Blizzak WS70 on the 17x8 Moda EB1 at $1,116** plus shipping.

235/65-17 Bridgestone Blizzak WS-70
225/65-17 Bridgestone Blizzak WS70
17x8 35mm offset Hyper Silver Moda EB1
17x8 35mm offset Moda EB1

Winter / Snow Tire & Wheel Package (Light Truck/SUV Performance Winter / Snow)

A Winter / Snow Tire & Wheel Package to consider with a Light Truck/SUV Performance Winter / Snow tire would be the 245/50-19 Pirelli Scorpion Ice & Snow on the 19x8.5 Sport Edition WX5 at $1,720** plus shipping.

245/50-19 Pirelli Scorpion Ice & Snow
245/50-19 Pirelli Scorpion
Ice & Snow
19x8.5 Bright Silver 28mm offset Sport Edition WX5
19x8.5 Bright Silver 28mm offset
Sport Edition WX5

2011 Chevy Camaro Winter FAQ:
  1. The Pirelli Scorpion Ice and Snow is listed as a Light Truck/SUV Performance Winter / Snow tire but you're recommending it for my Camaro, why? Because many of today's full-size sport sedans, muscle cars and sports cars share vehicle platforms with smaller crossover and sport utility vehicles, they also share their tall tire sizes. The Pirelli Scorpion Ice & Snow was introduced in 2003 with selected sizes for crossover vehicles and smaller SUVs. Then, well before the current Camaro became available for enthusiasts, Pirelli began adding 50-, 45- and 40-series T-, H- and V-speed rated tires in 17", 18", 19" and 20" wheel diameters for higher performance crossover vehicle applications. Pirelli chose to put these sizes into their Scorpion family and by doing so, the Scorpion Ice & Snow line also "crossed over" to be appropriate for many of today's car applications that use tall tire sizes. So while the Scorpion Ice & Snow's tire category may seem unusual for a Camaro, its combination of dimensions, wintertime traction and high speed durability are appropriate.

  2. I have 20" wheels as Original Equipment, can I run 20" winter / snow tires? You can run 20" snow tires but there isn't a matching set in a 245/45-20 front and 275/40-20 rear set-up, so you would have to run 245/45-20 on the front and back.
*Prices subject to change
**Including sensors, prices subject to change

Winter Wheel Fitment for Brembo-Equipped Ford Mustang GTs and GT500s

Tuesday, January 17, 2012 by Marshall Wisler
Sport Edition F10 Silver PaintedRecently, a wheel has been added to our fitment arsenal that allows for additional winter options on Brembo-equipped 2011-12 Ford Mustang GTs and 2007+ GT500s. These cars, equipped with 14" front brakes and four-piston calipers have until now been very difficult to cost-effectively outfit for the winter.

Having a design that focuses on spoke clearance as well as carefully selected offset, the Sport Edition F10 provides the necessary clearance to avoid brake interference. In addition, it's offered in 18" fitments that allows for more tire selections and additional tire sidewall height that many drivers look for to cushion harsh blows on rough winter roads. 

While this wheel was crafted to clear factory big brake kits, it will also fit on any 2005+ Mustang.

Driving a powerful, RWD, solid axle car through winter conditions can be challenging enough with any equipment. While you'll still need to be attentive and aware of the vehicle's capabilities, a proper Winter / Snow Tire & Wheel Package can turn your summer sports car into a year-round, all-weather warrior.

Start enjoying winter driving in your vehicle and build your Winter / Snow Tire & Wheel Package today!

Boss 302S Wheels Available for Your 2005+ Ford Mustang

Wednesday, November 30, 2011 by Marshall Wisler
Ford Racing Boss 302S If you're looking to spice up your Mustang with a little bit of factory induced flair, take a look at the new Boss 302S wheel from Ford Racing.

The new Boss 302 has been heralded by many as the baddest Mustang ever built. With 444 horsepower on tap, a track-tuned suspension, aggressive Mustang rims (wheels) and tires and monstrous brakes, it's hard to find fault with these claims. Unfortunately, while the new Boss 302 may turn blazing fast lap times and turn heads while doing it, the cost for such pleasure is a staggering $45,000. No doubt still a tremendous performance bargain, but this price tag sadly puts it out of range for the large majority of buyers considering the purchase of America's iconic pony car.

Fear not, as parts exist to freshen up the pony already in your stable. Whether you own a 2005-2010 4.0L V6, 2005-2010 4.6L V8, 2011+ 3.7L V6 or a 2011+ 5.0, the new Boss 302S wheels are designed to fit all members of the S197 chassis team. Designed for use with Brembo brakes, these wheels will even fit the 2011+ 5.0L GTs equipped with the optional Brembo package and any 2007+ GT500. This truly is a versatile wheel that can be used with a large range of applications. What's more is these wheels can be used in a 19x9 at all four corners or with a 19x9 front and 19x10 rear stagger. 

So if you're in need of new Mustang wheels, search by vehicle to find the set that works best with this American legend. 

The Necessity of Aftermarket Shocks / Struts

Wednesday, May 25, 2011 by Marshall Wisler
Since their inception into the market, the 2011 Mustang GT and the 5th Generation 2010+ Camaro have attracted much attention, and I must note I too fell prey to their new designs.

In February, I took ownership of a 2011 Mustang GT 5.0 6-speed. The only options on my car were the Brembo performance brake and wheel package and the 3.73 rear gears. I wanted the fastest base Mustang GT I could buy, but yet even that was not without room for improvement.

My first step toward correcting the lackluster steering response and turn-in feel was to replace the spring and strut / shock assemblies. My components of choice were the off-the-shelf 2011 Mustang GT Eibach Pro-Kit Spring Set and a set of 2010 Mustang GT model Bilstein struts and shocks. Although Bilstein does not yet have a 2011 Mustang GT specific fitment at this time, the use of 2005-2010 Ford Racing strut mounts and the 2010 model Bilstein struts allowed me to successfully use the components. For a more plug and play application and a user friendly guaranteed fitment, consumers can purchase the matching Eibach Pro-Damper Kit which is specifically tuned for Eibach springs on the 2011 models and bolts up without any modification to the strut mount units.

Strut Rod Diameter
Although the Eibach springs are not the stiffest available, their progressive rate is far beyond the factory rate of 150lbs/in. For that reason, it is important to increase the compression and rebound rates of the shock assemblies, not only to increase the life of the shock, but also to increase performance while cornering, and reduce unfavorable motion on transitions and rough surfaces.

At left is a picture of the factory 2011 Mustang GT front strut and its Bilstein rival. The differences in shaft size should be obvious. Upon installing this aftermarket suspension package, my 2011 GT feels like an entirely new car. It doesn't exhibit the floating feeling associated with the stock pieces, and generally feels firmer and more responsive. The steering inputs are met with crisp turn-in and the car behaves very neutral at the limit, which left me quite surprised.

For questions on suspension and more, contact one of our sales specialists.

Big Brake Kits at Tire Rack

Monday, March 21, 2011 by Chad Hocker
Brembo Big Brake Kits upgrade the look and performance of your vehicle's braking system. The brake systems combine fixed 4-piston aluminum calipers and high performance brake pads, with 1- and 2- piece vented discs and Goodridge® steel braided brake lines. These race inspired Brembo Big Brake kits are designed to offer superior stopping power for drivers that are serious about getting their sports cars, sedans, sporty coupes, light trucks and SUVs to slow down in a hurry.

In most cases,the Brembo Big Brake Kit's massive aluminum calipers and large diameter brake discs require an aftermarket wheel with the necessary brake clearance. Take a look at the chart below to see the full line of Brembo Grand Turismo Big Brake kits.

Contact one of our sales specialists to ensure product compatibility as they have developed a list of appropriate wheel options per vehicle based on exact brake kit options.


Brembo Gran Turismo Brake Systems
Caliper
Styles
Style 1 Style 2 Style 3 Style 4
4-Piston
Black
4-Piston
Black
4-Piston
Red
4-Piston
Red
Rotor
Styles
Style A Style B Style C Style D
1-Piece
Drilled
Vented
2-Piece
Drilled
Vented
2-Piece
Drilled
Vented
2-Piece
Slotted
Vented

Style 1A

Style 2B

Style 3C

Style 4D

Shop by vehicle to see which braking options work best for your vehicle.

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Brembo Gran Turismo Brake Upgrade for Porsche 911

Friday, March 4, 2011 by Logan Woodworth
Brembo Gran Turismo SystemsMany Porsche owners are looking for better lap times at the track and more aggressive brake performance on the street from their 911.

If you have already tried changing your brake pads and still lack the performance you are looking for, it may be time to upgrade to a larger caliper and rotor.

Brembo has built a reputation of producing quality products for drivers looking for the ultimate in braking performance. The Brembo Gran Turismo Systems provide excellent stopping power in everyday traffic, as well as high performance during street and track driving.

For more information, contact one of Tire Rack's sales specialists.

Them's Da Brakes

Saturday, July 17, 2010 by Logan Woodworth
With many track and street enthusiasts focused on getting more horsepower to the wheels, braking systems often get forgotten.

On the track, upgrading your car's brakes can shave valuable seconds from lap times and increase braking consistency.

On the street, a Brembo brake kit will improve the appearance of your vehicle while also improving performance and safety.

Brembo GT caliper/rotor kits are available for many vehicles and in several colors. Common vehicle fitments include Corvette, Mustang, Porsche, BMW, Audi, Escalade, 350Z and Mercedes-Benz.

The right brake rotors mean everything on the track.

Thursday, July 8, 2010 by Tire Rack Team
All aftermarket brake products are not suitable for the high speeds associated with track use. For example, stay clear of drilled or dimpled rotors. They may look high-performance and they can resist some of the gasses that tend to build up between the brake pad and the rotor, but they can't handle the temperatures that result from track speeds and repetitive stops. If you do choose to use these types of rotors on your race vehicle, which we do not recommend, we suggest you carefully inspect your brake components before each and every use—and definitely stop driving on them if you see any sign of deterioration.

It is probably best to just stay away from racing with drilled and dimpled brake rotors since improper use will negate their warranty. And you never know if or when you'll need to call upon that warranty for help. Instead, consider the following:
Centric Premium Rotor


Centric Premium Rotors




Brembo Brakes


Brembo Sport Slotted Rotors








DBA 4000 Series Rotors







DBA 5000 Series Rotors




This, of course, is not the complete list of race capable rotors. Click here for a complete list of rotors and then filter your search to view track-appropriate options.

Brembo GT Big Brake Kits and Proper Fit

Tuesday, July 6, 2010 by Logan Woodworth

Brembo GT 294mm Big Brake Kit When considering a Big Brake Kit from Brembo or any another brand, it is important to be aware of all potential fitment issues.

Other than bolting on to the car properly, be sure that your wheels will provide enough clearance for both the larger rotor and caliper (see illustration below right). 

Wheel fitment is critical and often forgotten when upgrading brakes. Considerations for proper fit include: wheel diameter, offset or backspacing, and spoke design.

When shopping for brakes by vehicle, you can be sure to get the proper fit if you are using O.E. (factory) wheels. If you are using custom wheels, be sure to contact one of our sales specialists for fitment recommendations.

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!