This section makes brake shopping, and maintenance convenient for you, as these kits will include the main braking ingredients such as the brake rotors, brake pads, and in some cases, stainless steel front brake lines. Depending on your driving style, your brakes are wear-and-tear items that have a shelf life and need to be replaced when they wear out. Now, if you partiRead More
This section makes brake shopping, and maintenance convenient for you, as these kits will include the main braking ingredients such as the brake rotors, brake pads, and in some cases, stainless steel front brake lines. Depending on your driving style, your brakes are wear-and-tear items that have a shelf life and need to be replaced when they wear out. Now, if you participate in weekend track events obviously your pads and rotors will endure faster wear. More importantly, it is always a good idea to replace your pads anyway if you are upgrading your rotors especially if they have pretty good wear on them. Uneven pad wear will accelerate rotor wear and will affect the balance of the rotors, which will cause vibration while driving. The only way you should re-use your pads is if they don't have too many miles on them, and you can verify if the wear is even on both sides, with no embedded debris within the pad itself.
After new pads and rotors are installed, you will certainly notice a difference and will have that "ah" factor once you touch your brake pedal. With worn rotors and pads, your vehicle will continue to move and you have to keep applying more pressure to the pedal to get your vehicle to stop.
Here is something to consider with stainless steel brake lines. Your factory brake lines are durable, but after years, of mileage, or track use where the lines can experience extreme fluid temperatures, the OEM brake lines could expand under pressure which will increase the brake pedal travel. Stainless steel brake lines will not expand under pressure, delivering a direct response from the pedal to the caliper for improved braking performance.
Now if you don't want to purchase a brake kit because other components within your braking system are in good shape, you can purchase these items separately. Click on the links below to redirect you to their respective pages.
Brake rotors are one of the third major pillars of your braking system along with your brake calipers and your brake pads. The rotors are the friction discs that stop the overall movement of your wheels. Rotors are also wear-and-tear items that you should never neglect or ignore, and you certainly should never participate in a high-performance driving event if your rotors are warped, or showing any signs of wear.
This is a broad subject to cover because there are so many variables to consider that go along with your driving style. You should not have OEM-style brake pads on a dedicated race car or rally car, and you should absolutely not have a race-compound track pad on a car you use as a daily driver.
BRAKE LINES: Your factory brake lines work awesome for daily driving purposes. However, there are a few reasons why you should upgrade. One reason is that if you participate in track events and you're experienced enough to get some heat into your brakes, the brake fluid could get hot enough to make the brake lines expand. Additionally, you may have an older WRX model, and your brake lines simply need to be replaced. We carry a massive selection of stainless steel brake lines. These make for an excellent upgrade as braided stainless steel will not expand during extreme braking conditions to deliver a direct response from your brake pedal to your master cylinder, and they are much more durable than your OEM brake lines.
Also remember that when replacing any components within your braking system, you take the time to bleed your brakes properly with fresh fluid. Here are some of the finest brake fluid examples we carry, as well as brake bleeding tools and components for those of you who need to bleed the brakes if you don't have a second set of helping hands.
BRAKE FLUID: It is always wise that you flush out your old brake fluid during your scheduled maintenance recommendations. Typically every 3 years for those of you with daily drivers, and after every track event for those of you with dedicated race cars. But why? So when racing, your brake fluid can get so hot that it can boil and create air pockets within your system. Bleeding your brakes after each track section makes sure that you have no air in the system to deliver the optimal stopping performance especially when racing. With daily use, brake fluid gets dirty just like any other fluid in your vehicle. Notice how your average new brake fluid is almost a clear gold color, and when you bleed the brakes starting with the rear caliper, dark and dirty brake fluid will come out. And since RallySport Direct is all about the performance, we don't carry just your average brake fluid, the options we carry have a higher boiling point to sustain arduous conditions associated with racing especially when it's in the middle of summer. Note that these high-performance brake fluids are also suitable for the street.
BRAKE BLEEDING TOOLS: There are many times when you may find yourself alone at your home or at the track, and you need to bleed the brakes after performing a repair or putting in fresh new fluid. You can find items such as Speed Bleeders where you only have to loosen the valve just enough to where you can depress the brake pedal down enough to push out any excess air without bringing air back into the system when the pedal comes back up. Or, you can get the Motive Products Power Bleeder Kit which is highly effective. The adapter attaches to your brake fluid reservoir where it pushes fresh fluid and air through the system, and you simply open the bleeder screw to each caliper and push all of the old fluid and air out until you see fresh fluid, then simply close the bleeder screw. This is also a simple and effective way to bleed your brakes by yourself if you are at the track, or are performing maintenance alone.