We have compiled a list of the most commonly asked questions, and the most common misconceptions about brake parts. This is not meant to be an exhaustive list or a highly technical explanation. This is to provide you with the general information you will need to know about brakes so that you will select the appropriate parts for your vehicle.
Oftentimes the terminology used when talking about brake rotors (or brake disc) is not clear. Below are a few illustrations that should clear up this matter.
The rotors on your vehicle will be one of two types.
Performance Brake Rotor Types
Cross Drilled Rotors are best suited for street-used vehicles.
Cross Drilled & Slotted Rotors are the best option for street-used vehicles, and can be used for light track use.
Brake pads are used in conjunction with brake rotors. They are held inside the brake caliper and when you place your foot on the brake pedal to stop the vehicle the caliper squeezes the brake pads against the rotor and brings you to a stop.
There are many different compositions of brake pads, but all brake pad will use on core element in their makeup [Organic material, Metallic material, Ceramic material].
Brake calipers hover around the top of the brake disc, and are what provides the clamping force when applying the brakes.
We are often asked if you can simply upgrade the calipers on your vehicle without changing any other braking components such as rotors and lines. This is not possible as each brake caliper has different offsets and dimension. Taking an upgraded caliper and placing it on your vehicle would require custom-made brackets to properly fit your vehicle. If you are looking for this type of upgraded caliper, please look into our brake kits which include all the components needed for a proper big brake upgrade.
We do carry custom powder coated brake calipers in a variety of colors and for thousands of applications. We also have available caliper shields which provide a racing brake look without the racing brake cost.
We hope you found this information helpful. If you have further questions regarding brake parts for your vehicle please browse our website. We have many articles that provide greater insight and details regarding these subjects. If you need further assistance give one of our brake experts a call toll free 866-272-5396.