If you’re looking to fix up your ride and aren’t sure where to begin, one of the best places to start is the brake system. All the added horsepower and torque in the world will end up being pretty useless if it ultimately exceeds the capability of your brake system (and, of course, we’re referring to stock components here). Let's first take a look at the basics of how your brake system works.
Most vehicles on the road today employ a system using disc brakes. They contain a two-part system made up of a disc or rotor and the brake calipers. The brake calipers contain hydraulic pistons that push against the back of the brake pads, clamping them together around the spinning rotor. As they clamp together, they create kinetic energy and friction which acts to slow the vehicle. From stop-and-go traffic to the cop sitting off to the side of the road, rarely does a day go by that you don’t rely on the durability of your brake system, specifically your brake pads and rotors.
Performance Brake Rotors
Brembo brakes makes drilled and slotted brake rotors which offer performance benefits over traditional stock brakes. Slotting and cross drilling help vent away gas trapped between the rotor and pad. Slotting also helps renew the friction surface. Similar to the rotors you’ll find on any high-end racecar, slotted rotors also keep your brakes from becoming waterlogged in wet weather by allowing water to move more freely through the cross-drilled holes. These two highly-advanced features deliver increased performance, added bite and more powerful braking than you’ll ever find in stock components.
Acura NSX StopTech brakes are another great option with these features and are so effective they’ve been proven to run 50 to 200 degrees cooler than stock brake parts. Cooler temperatures help reduce brake fade. Brake fade is a common term that refers to overheated brake systems. Basically, it’s when the brake pedal becomes soft or non-responsive and occurs after severe and often repetitive braking. Additional friction causes your brakes to overheat and can even lead to failure.
Performance Brake Pads
When your brakes begin to squeal, you'll want to get them checked. Noisy brakes usually indicate that you’ve worn through the brake pads and are now hitting the wear indicator or wearing the brake pad backing directly on the surface of the rotor. It kind of goes without saying but aftermarket brake pads, like TL brake pads and EBC brakes, last considerably longer than their stock counterparts. Also, Hawk brakes has been known for their performance street pad HPS series for fantastic brake bite and heat resistance.
Another more commonly found aftermarket coumpound is ceramic. Ceramic brake pads produce a more effective heat transfer that results in less wear than steel or semi metallic pads. Ceramic brake pads also cool faster, last longer and are virtually silent. In addition, they’re popular for the light dust they produce, keeping your chrome wheels shining and free from brake dust that often accompanies worn brake pads.
Performance Brakes Offer Better Stopping Potential
Aftermarket brake components and related Acura accessories remain popular for the extreme level of performance they deliver in comparison to stock parts. Whether used for off-roading or just the daily commute, performance brakes deliver stop-on-a-dime power when you need it most!