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Performance Brake Kit Installation: The DIY Way

Brake pads and brake discs-these are two components on your car that need to be of performance type. Because a strong pad-disc combo is necessary for an optimum braking power, there is no question why installing powerful and well-crafted brake pads and discs is your most pressing car upgrade. If you can imagine by now the great braking difference you will have once this performance brake kit is installed, then make that imagining into reality by preparing for this one-hour task.

Required skill level: Intermediate

Needed tools and materials

  • New performance brake kit (pads and rotors)
  • Jack and jack stands
  • Socket set, ratchet, and wrenches
  • Screwdriver and pliers
  • Wheel chocks
  • C-clamp
  • Wire tie
  • Rubber mallet
  • Preparing for the task

    Ensure your safety first. Park the vehicle on a level ground, then lift it with jack and jack stands. Make sure that the jack stand is securing the frame well. Put wheel chocks behind the rear wheels to keep them from rolling back.

    Removing the old brake rotor and pads

    Remove the fasteners on the wheels using the lug wrench. With the socket and ratchet, remove the brake caliper, then wire it up to the strut to prevent damaging the brake line. Use the screwdriver to remove the retaining screws of the rotor, then remove the rotor by hitting it with the rubber mallet until it breaks loose from the assembly. Once the rotor is out, remove the old brake pads from the caliper bracket or slots. Use the screwdriver to pry them out in case they are stuck.

    Installing the brake rotor and pads

    Start working on the pads. First, open the caliper piston and, with the C-clamp, partially slide it out away from the side of the caliper in order to give enough room for the new, thick pads. Grease up the back of the pads, then slide the pads into the caliper bracket of slots. Now, you can start working on the rotor. Place the new rotor on the assembly, then tighten its retaining bolts. Put the caliper over the mounting bracket and rotor, fasten the caliper's bolts, replace the wheel onto its bolt, then hand-fasten the wheel's lug nuts before tightening them with the lug wrench. Remove the car from the lift, then repeat the process for the other wheels.

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    • Powerstop vs. EBC: Which Brand Will Rule the Performance Brake Kit Domain? 11 January 2013

      Basically, there are two things that a brake pad-rotor tandem should be: First, the pad material must be right for it to produce less dust and noise. Second, the rotor must have the right heat-dissipating construction. Having these characteristics can promise a good braking power, not to mention a longer pad and rotor life, but with several brands competing for the top spot, finding and choosing the best brake kit can be a real hassle. If you are looking to purchase a performance brake kit either from Powerstop or EBC, then here is a straightforward comparison of their offerings to help you out:

      Product range

      There are four ways to go buying performance brake pads from EBC: Yellowstuff, Greenstuff, Bluestuff, and Orangestuff. Each of these product categories is made for racing and sport applications, but the good thing is that each can also be used for the street. All of these categories promise a longer wear life for the pads, better bite, and high heat load resistance, among others. Any of these can be paired with a 3GD Sport Rotor or a USR Slotted Rotor. Powerstop, on the other hand, has two kits in its arsenal: the 1-Click Brake Kit and the 1-Click Extreme Truck and Tow Brake Kit. The first kit includes a combination of cross-drilled or slotted rotors and ceramic pads, while the other includes heavy-duty rotors and pads appropriate for towing and hauling.

      Winner:Powerstop and EBC


      Specifications

      Increased pedal feel, quiet braking, shorter stopping distances, and less dust-these are what a Powerstop brake kit offers. The rotors have efficient heat dissipation due to the cross-drilled construction, and with the dichromate finish, they can definitely repel rust for a long time. These carefully machined rotors can withstand temperatures above 1400 degrees Fahrenheit, thanks to their carbon-mixed G3000 grade castings. Aside from ceramic pads, Powerstop also offers semi-metallic and hybrid pads, which meet the high temperature-resistant demand of high-horsepower cars. The other side of the coin has EBC's products that also offer plenty of benefits: even pad wear, no ridges, corrosion-resistance, less noise, less dust, and solid braking mechanism.

      Winner:Powerstop and EBC


      Warranty

      Powerstop backs its brake kits with a generous three-year or 36,000-mile limited warranty, while its competitor puts its confidence in its products by giving a four-to-six-month or 10,000-mile EBC warranty.

      Winner:Powerstop


      Price

      Pricewise, Powerstop brake kits are more affordable, being them tagged for around 140USD to 400USD. However, EBC's kits are more on the expensive range, being most of the products tagged for around 180USD to 400USD.

      Winner:Powerstop


      The verdict

      Both brands offer high-quality performance brake kits, but what you should put more importance on is the warranty. Price should not be a real issue since you should be really investing on good brake kits to have the best braking experience for your ride. All in all, your choice will boil down to choosing the features that sound worth a try.