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General Questions
How should I improve my vehicles braking performance?
Brake performance will be positively impacted by improvements in the following areas:
What brake pads are the best?
The answer here is subjective. Only you know what you want out of your braking system. Some want more performance- some want less dust, etc... Every manufacturer that we carry is a 'class of the field' performance brake pad manufacturer. If there was ONE pad or ONE compound that was better than any other- then we wouldn't have all of these different manufacturers - would we?
Why don't you recommend Ceramic Brake Pads?
Let's start by saying that ceramic brake pads have a place in the automotive industry. They were designed to be a low-dust, noise-free brake pad. They came into popularity after the discontinued use of asbestos-based brake pads. At that time, semi-metallic pads exhibited problems with higher noise and dust levels.
Should I use the same components as specified as OEM?
OEM means Original Equipment Manufacturer. Translation: A component manufactured by a third-party company and selected for use in the original vehicle. An OEM manufacturer will typically manufacture their part based on specifications and designs supplied to them by the vehicle manufacturer.
What causes brake pad failure?
There is no single answer to this question - there are simply too many variables. However, in general, pad failure is caused by excessive heat. Brake pad compounds are designed to operate within a certain temperature range. When the pad is overheated to a temperature above what the material was designed to handle- it will wear at an excessive rate, crumble, decompose, and the like.
What causes brake pad glazing?
Brake pad glazing is caused when the brake pad friction material is overheated. This results in crystallized friction material on the pad surface and the brake disc. Typical symptoms of glazed brake pads include: Poor stopping performance, vibration or brake shudder, and cracks or fissures in the brake pad material.
What is better- Slotted or Drilled Rotors?
Again - this is a subjective question. As they say- liars can figure- and figures can lie. Proponents of both sides will espouse the benefits of each.
Why all performance rotors are not created equally .
Some manufactures do not take the time to create a program specifically for the rotor in question. The result is that the machine has drilled though one of the cooling veins and has compromised the structural integrity of the rotor. SP Performance creates application-specific programs for every rotor that it manufactures - This insures performance, safety, and reliability.
Are Big Brake kits really better?
Big brake kits that are incorrectly designed can actutally perform worse than your stock brakes. Bigger pads and rotors primarily do one thing: They dissipate more heat than the stock brake setup. They do not necessarily stop you in shorter distances. Stopping distances are impacted by the coefficient of friction of the brake pad used and the clamping force applied by the caliper. Bigger brake pads do not apply more pressure- they only apply the same pressure over a bigger area. But- Don't take our word for it:
Can I use racing brake pads on the street?
Simple answer: NO.
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What is UPS Surepost?
UPS Surepost is a new shipping option we've recently added. Surepost is where UPS will pick up and handle most of the trasnportation except for what UPS calls the "last mile". UPS will deliver your package to your local US Post office and the USPS will handle the final leg of the delivery. In some cases if UPS determines they have another package being delivered to your location on the same day, UPS may handle the final delivery.
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Brake Pad Bedding-in:
For optimal use of any given brake system, the pads and rotor have to be compatible with each other. The bed-in procedure establishes that compatibility between the pad and rotor. This is achieved by a combination of rubbing speed, temperature, line pressure, and Inertia. Bed-in is also influenced by pad and rotor material chemistries. It is always recommended that only compatible pads and rotors be used in any given application. Bedding in advantages:
Hawk Brake Pad Installation Procedure:
Hawk Brake Pad Installation Procedure:
Hawk Brake Bedding-in Procedure:
Step 1:Make 6-10 slow-downs from approximately 30-35 mph to 5 mph. applying moderate pressure. Do not come to a complete stop. Step 2:Make an additional 2 to 3 harder stops from approximately 40-45 mph. to zero. Step 3:DO NOT DRAG THE BRAKES! (after stopping - do not leave your foot on the brake pedal) Step 4:Allow 15 mintutes or more for the brake system to cool down. Step 5:Your new Hawk pads are ready for use.
Ferodo Brake Bedding-in Procedure:
Ferodo Brake Bedding-in Procedure: To achieve optimum performance from Ferodo Racing brake pads please follow the instructions below:
Rofren Brake Pad Bedding-in Procedure:
Rofren Brake Pad Bedding-in Procedure:
SP Performance Rotor Installation Guide:
NOTE: SP Performance Rotors are direct-replacement parts. They are the same size as the FACTORY ORIGINAL parts. If you are looking for rotors that are different diameters, thicknesses, bolt-patterns, etc. than the ORIGINAL part for the car.... We recommend that YOU determine what vehicle (year, make, model) has the rotor size that you are looking for.
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