So you want or need an Aftermarket Big Brake Kit?
So you want a big brake kit for your car? But there are so many options available, you have no idea how to narrow them down. Don’t worry, first we need to look at why you want a big brake kit. Are you looking for the cosmetics of a BBK behind your wheels? Do you want some of that mixed with some improved performance? Or is this a weekend track car/full blown race car? Second, we need to set a budget and stay within it. In a perfect world, we would have an unlimited budget to buy whatever we want. But unfortunately, a perfect world doesn’t exist and we need to remain conscious about initial cost along with cost of consumables down the road.
Many people are interested in installing a big brake kit to improve the looks of their car. Almost everyone can agree that a nice four or six-piston caliper looks significantly better than the factory Calipers.
If you’re looking for an increase in size and performance, there are a few big names that come to mind. Brembo, Wilwood, AP and Stoptech. Chances are, when you think of a big brake kit, you’re thinking about Brembo. They are in mos cases the gold standard when referring to big brake kits.
Luckily, Brembo has a few nice options for many applications. They offer plenty of options, lets look at a BMW M3 E46 for example. First, is a six-piston caliper with a 380mm rotor... but there are several more. So why does Brembo offer so many options for the front axle? It gives people a chance to optimize their brake system for how they use the car. For example, the 380mm rotor kit will not accommodate 18-inch wheels. This is great for the person looking to get the biggest brake kit available and does not mind running a 19-inch wheel set up. At the same time, this kit is not great for the person that wants to run an 18-inch wheel set up for the track. For the person that wants to run an 18-inch wheel set up, Brembo offers their 355mm rotor with the six and four piston calipers. The main difference between the six and four-piston calipers is pad size and longevity. Brembo engineers design these kits to stay in a certain range of the factory brake bias. The kits will perform similarly, just the larger components last longer and are capable of absorbing more heat. Brembo only makes one kit for the rear. It is a four-piston caliper with a 345mm rotor
It is no secret that Brembo and AP big brake kits are expensive. Wilwood and Stoptech offers similar brake kits that work great and are a little more affordable. They all offers more than a few more options in terms of caliper size and rotor size. As I mentioned, all 4 manufacturers offer similar products that both work great.
There are many different big brake kits on the market, far more than I can even begin to mention.. When trying to narrow down your options, always keep in mind why you want a big brake kit. Are you looking for some wheel bling or are you a weekend racer? What kind of budget do you have? And finally, what exact kit fits your specific needs? If you are able to answer those few questions, We will be able to figure out what big brake kit is perfect for you! Give us a ring at 800-733-8380 and we will help you find a kit that suits your needs.