Stop!!!!!!!!

Wednesday, May 5, 2010 by Gus Liszewski
I don't know about everyone else, but in my opinion there is nothing worse than not being able to stop. So let's take a minute to talk about brakes. Stopping power is derived from the friction material. Friction material is more commonly known as a brake pad. Pads create friction against the rotor which allows the vehicle to stop. This whole process creates a lot of heat and the heat can be the problem.
                                                           
Rotors are available from a lot of different sources and and from multiple manufacturers.  Some are a basic metallurgy and normally are not very resistant to the effects of heat. Products sold at Tire Rack manufactured by DBA, Centric, Power Slot, Brembo, and ATE are premium products with metal alloys which have less impurities and will be less likely to have failure due to over heating.

Cryogenic treating is a process that hardens the steel of a rotor and results in a molecular restructuring that makes the surface harder and more durable. Power Slot offers a cryo rotor, and these are strongly recommended for those who spend time on the track or put their vehicle through some extreme conditions.

When it comes to pads, I recommend the Hawk Performance products. Hawk has some of the most consistent products on the market, and offer a wide range of pads starting with a quiet and comfortable ceramic pad, up through pads that are designed to be used on the race track only.  The best part of the HAWK line...they have everything in between too!

When it comes to replacing the wheels and tires on an SUV and plus sizing is the direction that you have chosen to go, remember that with bigger wheels comes higher weights. The rotational mass that comes along with the larger wheels will put more stress on the braking system and this should be considered. The last thing that you want to do is park your newly upgraded truck in the trunk of someone's civic.  

When selecting brake pads and rotors, it is important to remember that you need to consider your driving style, your expectations, and the vehicle's dynamics.
There is something out there for everyone....so stop...and smell the brake dust!

Ever wonder what it takes to make Brembo brake rotors?

Monday, May 3, 2010 by Tire Rack Team
They're some of the most popular replacement brake rotors on the market, and there's a reason for it. Brembo brake rotors are produced on the most sophisticated equipment available, all under the philosophy that "testing and re-testing to improve and perfect" is the only way to go. Here's an in-depth look at the company's practices:

First up, a prototype that undergoes intense testing to bring out any potential weaknesses. Testing is done on a test bench and a brake dynamometer, after which it's put on a vehicle so that trained drivers can "feel" any imperfections. When all of this is done, Brembo engineers review the results and make any necessary modifications to the prototype.

When the team is pleased, the prototype travels to the foundry where production takes place. It's a detailed process, but the Brembo team takes great care to make sure that every step is environmentally friendly. Raw materials are chosen and the product begins to form.

The machining phase is carried out according to the exact criteria outlined by the engineers, and with only a .0025-inch runout (which is exactly half of the industry standard). All products are electronically balanced, and quality control is ever present.

In the end, men and machine work together to create a finished product that satisfies drivers like you on the streets or on the tracks. You can rest assured that all finished products are examined to make sure the results are in line with Brembo's "improve and perfect" philosophy.

At Tire Rack, we have a complete selection of Brembo brake systems and rotors for a variety of different vehicles. Shop according to your vehicle to see which Brembo products suit your needs.




Time for replacement brake rotors?

Tuesday, April 20, 2010 by Tire Rack Team
If your OEM rotors have seen better days, then it's high-time you purchase replacement brake rotors. Not exactly sure what "better days" means? Technically speaking, every brake rotor has a "Worn Rotor Minimum Thickness" limit. You can find this information engraved on the edge of the brake disc, and you'll have to measure accordingly. But if you're using your vehicle on the track, it's a completely different story as brake components on a race car undergo extreme heat and pressure. They'll wear faster and should be replaced well before their wear limits (read more).

And since brake rotors are a major component of your brake system, you'll want to make sure that only a trained mechanic does the swap out. Incorrectly installing any new brake component can seriously curb your safety.

Read more about brake rotors, then search Tire Rack's inventory. We'll give you a list of appropriate rotors that might include ATE, Power Slot and Brembo rotors.





Go Brembo when you need to improve brake performance.

Wednesday, April 14, 2010 by Tire Rack Team
Brembo is one of the most well-respected names in the aftermarket brake industry. An Italian company, Brembo takes every measure possible to help drivers rest assured that they've upgraded their braking power and level of performance.

From Brembo brake pads to high performance rotors, no product slips through the strictest of quality standards. And lucky for you, Tire Rack has those same standards—and we feature a number of Brembo brake components, including:

• Gran Turismo Brake Systems
Replacement Rotors

Search all of our brake components to find these Brembo products and more for your vehicle.





Show off those brake calipers!

Thursday, April 1, 2010 by Tire Rack Team
As you drive down the road, you may notice a flash of red through the spokes of the wheels on the car next to you. They might be Brembo brakes, or perhaps a symbol of the creative driver within.
The G-2 Brake Caliper PaintSystem set gives you the creative freedom to personalize yet another aspect of your vehicle. Give your stock brake calipers an expensive, high performance look and add color to rear drum brake-equipped vehicles. The paint is easily applied with a brush, and actually helps protect such an important part of your vehicle from harmful oils, chemicals and rust.

And the best part—you don't even have to remove your calipers to paint them.

You can choose from the following colors:



 
 
Shop all brake components available at Tire Rack.

When you buy brake pads, choose from the right performance category.

Wednesday, March 31, 2010 by Tire Rack Team
As we all know, brake pads are a crucial element of your vehicle. Buy the wrong ones, or install them incorrectly, and a whole heck of a lot can go wrong—that's why we do our best to help you out when you need to buy brake pads. Starting with performance categories. Find out where your vehicle resides, and we can narrow down a selection of brake pads that make sense. Take a look:

PREMIUM:Minimal brake dust, moderate stopping power.
Akebono Euro Ultra-Premium Ceramic
ATE Original
Hawk Performance Ceramic

PERFORMANCE STREET: Noticeable increase in performance for the spirited driver.
Akebono Street Performance
Hawk HPS
Brembo Sport

AUTOCROSS/TRACK: Aggressive brakes for high-speed competitors.
Hawk Black
Hawk DTC-60
Hawk HP Plus

TRUCK/SUV: For large diameter Tire & Wheel Packages that tow or carry heavy loads.
Hawk HP SuperDuty
Hawk LTS

These, of course, are just a few of the brake pad products we offer. Search our entire inventory for a more detailed list of products well-suited to your vehicle.

Brembo Big Brake KITS!!!

Tuesday, February 9, 2010 by Mac McNabb
Product PhotoAre you looking for some serious stopping power for your late model sports car? Do your rotors and calipers show through your wheels and you need a much bigger and better look?

Brembo Big Brake KITS are for you!

Magazine cover looks with road racing stopping power. What could be better?

Gran Turismo Kits are the complete caliper, line and rotor kit for your vehicle. 

The Turismo Brake Systems are big brakes on a budget, utilizing your calipers in the assembly. This kit matched with some caliper paint could be the perfect "budget big brake kit" solution.

Brembo Brake Rotors

Monday, January 11, 2010 by Tire Rack Team
Brakes can only withstand so much slamming. As with all good things, they must come to an end. But what many drivers don't realize: As brake pads wear out, the brake rotors do, too.

Brembo is known throughout the industry for their racing and race-inspired high performance braking systems. Over 26 million Brembo brake rotors are manufactured every year. While some of those brake rotors become Original Equipment, many of them are purchased as replacement options on vehicles just like yours.

Brembo OE Replacement Brake Rotors are designed to meet or exceed any standards previously set by your vehicle's O.E. rotors. 

In addition, Brembo features a number of brake rotors that upgrade performance levels, too. Choose from one- or two-piece cast rotors that are machined to exact tolerances, electronically balanced, and highly inspected to meet strict Brembo (and industry) standards.

A simple search produces a compatible list.

"Can I use my Brembo rotors on the track?"

Tuesday, January 5, 2010 by Tire Rack Team
In a track setting, high speeds produce even higher temperatures that push brake components to the limit. If you have High Performance Sport Drilled or Slotted Brembo rotors then you should probably exit to pit row. For good. Although they considerably enhance your vehicle's appearance and performance, these Brembo rotors won't withstand those higher temperatures. However, if you DO use them on the track (though we don't recommend it), it is extremely important that they are carefully inspected. Any sign of deterioration would make them unsafe to drive on. (And, unfortunately, using them on the track depletes your warranty.)

Brembo Gran Turismo Brake SystemIf you're in need of some track-worthy Brembo rotors, we recommend the Brembo Gran Turismo Brake System. It's an Ultra High Performance package that offers race-inspired braking components (including rotors) that improve performance both on and off the track.

To see if this product is right for your vehicle, search our inventory of brake components.

Brembo Brake Pads

Monday, January 4, 2010 by Tire Rack Team


In 1961, Brembo took the brake market with their knack for design, development and production. To this day, they lead the industry with racing and aftermarket brake components and systems—which is why Brembo brakes appear as Original Equipment components on some of the world's finest passenger cars from the likes of BMW, Porsche, Ferrari and more.

In addition, Brembo brake pads have helped a variety of racing teams (from Formula 1 to CART, NASCAR, FIA World Rally and Superbike organizations) take home the coveted checkered flag.

This level of performance satisfaction is available to you as well. Whether you want to improve your current braking system, or possibly upgrade to an enhanced aftermarket package, Brembo can help. Just search Tire Rack's inventory of brake components by vehicle to see which Brembo products are right for you.

Corvette Brake Pads

Wednesday, December 16, 2009 by Tire Rack Team

Shopping for car parts can be tricky—how do you know if it's a perfect fit? This can be especially nerve wracking when it comes to brake components. They're pretty much the most integral part of your entire vehicle, as stopping power is crucial. So if you're shopping for Corvette brakes (or any brakes, for that matter), you can breathe a sigh of relief: Give us the specifications of your 'Vette, and we'll do the rest.  

Take the Corvette above, for example. It's a 2009 Z06. With a quick search by vehicle, we were able to view an entire list of suitable brake products from reputable brands like Brembo and Hawk. And every list we generate for you includes detailed product information, even Tire Rack consumer reviews when available.

 

SUV Brakes

Tuesday, December 1, 2009 by Tire Rack Team
If you drive an SUV, odds are you have bigger than average wheels and tires. But, have you considered that a bigger vehicle with bigger wheels needs enhanced braking power to bring it to a complete stop? SUV brakes and rotors designed for durability are the answer. Increase overall braking performance with larger rotors and SUV or truck brake pads.

Sound complicated? It's really not. Start your upgrade by selecting a pad that was designed for a truck or SUV, like Hawk LTS brake pads. Then, you'll want to take a look at PowerSlot's Cryo rotors or Brembo's Turismo brake kit which take durability to an entirely different level and contribute to a more aggressive appearance.


      Brembo Turismo Kit


OEM Rotors: What to know when it's time for something new.

Monday, November 16, 2009 by Tire Rack Team
When it comes to OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturer) rotors, you're either ready to simply replace what's currently on your vehicle or are interested in a performance upgrade.

Brake rotors momentarily absorb heat produced during rapid or repeated stops. This means, of course, that they'll eventually wear out. (Read more.) And on the other hand, many wheels feature an open design that exposes brake components. As a contributing factor to your vehicle's overall performance and appearance, many OEM brakes just don't cut it.

And that's where we come in.

Tire Rack has a full range of brake rotors for you to choose from. We've got OEM replacement rotors and upgrade options in slotted, dimpled and drilled designs from premium brands like Akebono, ATE, Brembo, Hawk and more. Shop by vehicle and we'll make a few recommendations—we'll even help you find an installer.

Need new brake pads?

Monday, October 26, 2009 by Tire Rack Team
We hear you. And if we were driving next to you—we could probably say that literally. Stop the squeal and get new brake pads. With a quick search by vehicle, Tire Rack will guide you to new brake pads. We do, after all, have quite the collection.

Check out what some consumers are saying about their new brake pads:

"The pads are very responsive, they have terrific stopping power, and they have better fade resistance than even the ceramic pads I have tried. I am very satisfied with these pads and would definitely buy them again." Brembo Sport Brake Pads

"After 600 miles of city/highway and a drive through the mountains, I must say that I am very impressed! The bite on them is absolutely phenomenal with very little if any brake fade under hard braking conditions." Hawk HP Plus Race Brake Pads


"They stop every bit as well as a factory pad, they are very easy on the rotors and wear even. The best part is, zero brake dust."
Satisfied Pro Ceramic VS Pads

Ceramic replacement brake pads can help keep your wheels clean.

Wednesday, July 8, 2009 by Gary Stanley
Many BMW owners find their wheels covered in brake dust after only a couple hundred miles of driving. Waxing your wheels can help, but a better solution to consider is installing a set of replacement ceramic brake pads, like the Hawk Performance Ceramic pads

While they do not have quite the level of initial 'bite' as the OE pads, they produce noticeably less dust and a lighter colored dust. I use these pads on my 1995 BMW M3 along with Brembo rotors and I love them. 

Key Features & Benefits of Hawk Performance Ceramic Brake Pads

  • Ultra-low dust
  • Improved braking over O.E.
  • Stable friction output
  • Extremely quiet
  • Extended pad life
  • Increased rotor life