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Got Brakes?

4 Oct

Ferodo is a UK based company that was founded in 1897, and was the world’s first manufacturer of friction based products. They offer a series of pads for street, track, auto-x use. From the venerable DS2500 clubsport pad, to the more track oriented DS3000, we can supply you with the pads you need, at a great price. Ferodo is one of the few brands to also offer pads for stock and aftermarket calipers. We know that sometimes it can be tough finding a suitable pad worthy of buying for your afternmarket kit. So, whether your Z or G has base model brakes, or factory Brembo calipers, or you’ve got an aftermarket kit from Brembo, AP Racing, Endless, Wilwood or others, we can help! Got a motorcycle? Let us know!

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Bedding Your Brake Pads in the RIGHT Way

22 Aug

Bedding your new brake pads is one of the most often ignored, but critical aspects to ensuring the pads operate as they should, and last as long as they should. All too often, customers experience odd noises, vibration, grabbiness, lack of response, etc, all due to improper pad bedding. Here is how to bed your brakes, the right way. This guide was written by Endless, but applies to all pad compounds out there.

PRE-BEDDING PROCEDURES:
-Please make sure pads are mounted on clean disks free of contaminants, dirt and friction material if switching to Endless brake pads from a different manufacturer. This can be done by resurfacing the rotor surface. This will ensure the best performance from Endless brake pads.
-Make sure the brake pads are installed correctly.
-If using Endless brake pads on the racetrack, please use rotor temperature paint on the brake rotor’s vanes and cheeks to monitor disk temperatures, and this will also assist in making sure the brake system is working at optimum conditions.
NOTE: This is especially needed if using Endless brake pads with Porsche PCCB, Brembo/SGL CCM, or Nissan NCCB brake disks on the racetrack. Brake disk wear on OEM CCM disks can greatly increase if the disks are used beyond the acceptable temperature range. Please do not use CCM disks for extended periods of time over 600 degrees Celsius. If the pink temperature paint has turned white on the rotor cheeks, then extra care should be taken.

BEDDING INFORMATION: Brake pad bedding will help optimize the overall braking performance of Endless brake pads by laying down a transfer layer of pad friction material on the brake rotor. This utilizes the adhesive friction properties of brake pads and disks to offer best braking performance. Bedding also burns off the initial bonding resins and helps seat the pad on the disk. Proper bedding involves slowly heat
cycling the pads and disks so that initial pad glazing, and other potential issues are avoided as much as possible. This will help the Endless brake pads and disks last as long as possible.

BEDDING:
 Please allow plenty of safety space when performing bedding. Please do in a safe and controlled environment.
 Using 70-80% pedal pressure, stop the car from 85 mph to 25 mph for a total of 5-8 braking events. The brakes should start feeling better by each stop. DO NOT bring the car to a complete
stop, especially holding the right foot on the brake pedal on hot brake disks.
 Do not use left foot braking for bedding procedures.
 When bedding, bring the brake rotor temperatures to 400C. If the disks have temperature paint on them, the green paint should have turned fully white.
 Let the brakes cool down to ambient temperatures before hard use.
 If performed on a racetrack, 2-3 hot laps around the circuit at race speed should be enough to complete bedding of pads and disks.
 Please take a close look at the brake disks after bedding, to ensure and even pad transfer onto the disks

New Year, New Brands (Part 2)

4 Feb

Brake Pads. Another part fairly low on the totem poll of lust, but a part we rely on every day, no matter what car we have, and no matter what conditions we’re using that car in. Good brake pads stay in the background. Bad brake pads make themselves known due to their lack of composure.

Enter Carbotech. Other brands offer a seemingly dizzying array of compounds. Carbotech keeps it simple and offers 6. They range from pure street to pure race. Unlike competitor pads, Carbotech gives you exact specs so you know what you’re getting before you get it. No guessing as to whether the “race pads” are just the street pads with the backs painted a different color. No wondering if the pads are going to actually fit into the caliper, or if you’re going to have to spend the day filing and griding (you won’t have to).

“Carbotech Performance Brakes™ began 17 years ago. In the beginning we thought like everybody else and made brake compounds out of carbon & iron. The problem with carbon & iron is that when it heats up it forms carbide. Carbide is used in cutting tools, so imagine what that does to your rotors. Along with the fact that those compounds tear up rotors, they also produce very corrosive brake dust. While our competition stills uses carbon & iron as the main ingredients in their compounds, Carbotech started an entire new philosophy eight years ago.

Carbotech Performance Brakes™, the world leader in Ceramic friction materials™. It was over eight years ago that Carbotech started building brake pads out of Ceramic, Kevlar, and Carbon for street, autocross and racing applications. Carbotech is the only brake pad manufacturer in the world with a complete line of Ceramic compounds for street, autocross, and track use. Carbotech-Ceramic™ compounds are known for their unsurpassed release & modulation, while maintaining very consistent torque control characteristics. Carbotech brake pads are extremely rotor friendly and contain 100% non-corrosive brake dust, that’s something that has been unmatched by any other brake pad in the industry.

Our competitor’s brake pads perform like an “on/off” switch. Brake pads that perform like an “on/off” switch are upsetting the balance of the car by violently throwing all that weight forward (not to mention that you don’t get any modulation with an “on/off” type of brake pad). You don’t realize how much it upsets your car until you have tried Carbotech Performance Brake pads. Carbotech has almost a seven year head start on the competition when it comes to our great philosophy on release & modulation, rotor friendliness, non-corrosive dust, and an unmatched consistent bite.
Carbotech uses advanced friction technology to perfect all of our compounds for the street & track. Research & Development (R&D) is not just a company philosophy; it’s a way of life for Carbotech. In fact, R&D at Carbotech is a 365 days a year job. Continuous improvement is a cornerstone in Carbotech’s solid reputation it has built, because great compounds are not engineered overnight.

You’ll find that no one else in the industry releases new compound formulations like Carbotech consistently does. We don’t believe in finding a good compound and trying to ride it as long as possible. We have a saying around here that is imbedded into every employee’s thought process; it’s called “continuous improvement, with no end in sight”.

We strive in constantly improving our existing compounds as new technologies and materials come to market. In fact, the Bobcat 1521™ compound is arguably our most successful compound, and it continues to gain enormous popularity among the performance industry. But, we didn’t rest on its success. We have just improved the Bobcat 1521™ compound to be even quieter and smoother when applying and releasing the brake pedal while keeping its outstanding performance right on target.

We have just developed another race compound that will exceed the XP12™. This new compound is called XP16™. XP16™ was released in the fall of 2007. Also in the works are a few different endurance compounds that will be suitable for all endurance applications. You will most likely find a Carbotech employee at many Pro, Grassroots, and Track-Day/HPDE events providing customer support and troubleshooting any brake issues (even if it’s not pad related or even if they aren’t Carbotech brake pads).

We don’t just sell you a set of brake pads; we deliver unmatched customer support and technical help. Carbotech Performance Brakes™ are also leading the way with Pro, Grassroots and Track-Day/HPDE groups and drivers. We can help you find the perfect set up for your vehicle by having an entire line up of street and track compounds for your application.

Carbotech Performance Brakes™ allows drives to Go Deep™ into the corners and out brake the competition. Carbotech have won multiple national championships, pro races, and rally races all over the world. Our race compounds start with the letters “XP™” then they are followed by a number. The first number is 8 (XP8™), and as you go up in numbers the initial bite gets much stronger, higher fade resistance, higher torque, better wear rate, and an increase in the temperature range. On that same note, as you go up in our compound numbers you will get more aggressive on the rotors.

Even our XP12™ compound is still very rotor friendly compared to the competition. With all Carbotech compounds you will have to apply a little bit more pedal pressure to get the maximum amount of bite from the brake pads. That’s because you have the ability to modulate your pedal with our ceramic/kevlar compounds. That’s a huge advantage to any driver, especially a driver who has a good feel for their car. The more you can modulate your brakes the more car control you have under braking. The more control a driver has under braking gives the driver an edge in the braking zone and the first part of a corner. Control which in the end helps you attain faster and more consistent lap times. Go Deep™”

The best part, is that Carbotech offers a HUGE range of pads, for cars sold all over the world and even offers direct fit pads for aftermarket calipers including Stoptech, Wilwood, Alcon, AP, Brembo and more. If not offered, they can even be made to order!

Contact us for all your Carbotech needs