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 Corvette C5, courtesy of Buzz Fyhrie, Fort Lauderdale, FL

Why Upgrade your Brakes?

Big brakes give your car greater resistance to fade by absorbing and shedding heat more efficiently.  Racers upgrade because stock brakes were designed for a single stop from high speed, not repeated slow-downs with little time in between to cool off.  For fade resistance, size really does matter.  On the street, fixed-mount, multi-piston calipers give a firmer pedal and quicker reaction time in panic stops.  As little as 0.2 second reduction in reaction time can translate into 21 feet of stopping distance at 70 mph.  Reaction time is not as important to racers who can compensate by braking earlier.  But on the street, in an unexpected stop, quicker reaction time can save your life.  You don't need to be a racer to benefit from brake upgrades.

If you track or autocross your car regularly, your stock brakes are probably not up to the task.  You can start off with better brake fluid, more aggressive brake pads, cooling ducts, and stainless braided brake lines.  But as you progress from novice to intermediate skill level and beyond, carrying more speed into the braking zones, your track events will become characterized by boiling brake fluid, sinking brake pedal, and pad fade.  Losing confidence in your brakes takes the fun out of a track event.  Big brake upgrades allow you to dive deeper into the braking zone and brake harder than you ever thought possible.

 

Big Brake Kits

StopTech big brake kits are designed for each vehicle with optimum front-to-rear brake torque balance, resulting in the shortest possible stopping distance of any aftermarket brake upgrade and total compatibility with ABS and electronic stability control.  Fixed-mount, multi-piston calipers produce a firmer pedal feel and quicker reaction time than stock brakes in panic stops.  Every StopTech application is track tested and fine-tuned as part of the development process.  StopTech is the only major big brake kit manufacturer to use application-specific caliper piston sizing.  See: Track testing write-up

StopTech big brake kits are available with red or black calipers standard.  Silver, gold, blue or yellow calipers are available at no additional cost and add about 30 days to the delivery date.  Slotted or drilled rotors are available.  Drilled rotors are recommended for the street, while slotted rotors may be used for street or racing.  For vehicles driven where salt or chemicals are used to melt snow and ice, optional zinc plated rotors are recommended.  Add $100 to the price of any kit for zinc plating.

StopTech's ultra-high end Trophy Sport and Trophy Race brake systems are now available.  20% lighter calipers and extreme heat resistant natural anodized finish for heavy racing applications.  Click here for our Trophy brakes announcement in our latest magazine ad.

Will your wheels clear a StopTech big brake kit?  Click here for a comprehensive set of wheel fitment templates and instructions for using them.

Click Here for Replacement parts for your StopTech big brake kit

To purchase a StopTech brake kit on-line, click here: and enter the part number into the Product Finder, or simply click on your make, model, and year car for a complete listing.  Or feel free to call us at (800)222-8893 x1 for help selecting the proper big brake kit for your needs.

Front 14" brake kit with ST-40 4-piston calipers, floating 355x32mm AeroRotors, stainless steel braided brake lines, and high performance street pads

$2595 83-180-4700

Front 14" brake kit with ST-60 6-piston calipers, floating 355x32mm AeroRotors, stainless steel braided brake lines, and high performance street pads

$3195 83-180-6700

Front 15" brake kit with ST-60 6-piston calipers, floating 380x32mm AeroRotors, stainless steel braided brake lines, and high performance street pads

$3295 83-180-6800

Rear 14" brake kit with ST-40 4-piston calipers, floating 355x32mm AeroRotors, stainless steel braided brake lines, and high performance street pads

$2595

83-180-0047

Front 14" Trophy Sport brake kit with ST-60 6-piston lightweight calipers, floating 355x32mm AeroRotors, stainless steel braided brake lines, and high performance street pads.  Calipers and hats are natural anodized finish for extreme heat resistance.  Dust boots included for street use.

$3945

83-180-6700-R1

Front 15" Trophy Sport brake kit with ST-60 6-piston lightweight calipers, floating 380x32mm AeroRotors, stainless steel braided brake lines, and high performance street pads.  Calipers and hats are natural anodized finish for extreme heat resistance.  Dust boots included for street use.

$4045

83-180-6800-R1

Rear 14" Trophy Sport brake kit with ST-40 4-piston lightweight calipers, floating 355x32mm AeroRotors, stainless steel braided brake lines, and high performance street pads.  Calipers and hats are natural anodized finish for extreme heat resistance.  Dust boots included for street use.

$3345

83-180-0047-R1

 

AeroRotor Replacement Kit (ARK)

A StopTech ARK replaces your vehicle's factory rotors, while retaining the factory brake calipers. The lightweight ARK rotors are the same diameter and thickness as factory rotors, but offer improved cooling, braking, handling, and longevity at the track.

The directional, floating AeroRotors allow independent expansion of rotors and hats at extreme temperatures without "coning". This improves pedal feel and reduces stress on the rotors.

ARK components include AeroRotor friction rings with patented internal vane design, pre-assembled to billet aluminium AeroHats with directional stand-offs that optimize cooling airflow. The patented AeroRotor vane design pushes up to 80% more air than factory rotors for better cooling and reduced fade. The aircraft-grade aluminum hats and 2-piece AeroRotors are significantly lighter than stock rotors, allowing faster acceleration and deceleration, and improved handling.

ARKs are available with slotted or cross-drilled AeroRotors. These slots or holes allow better dissipation of heat, friction material and debris, assuring that fresh pad material is in contact with the rotor every time the brakes are applied. An optional anti-corrosion, zinc finish is available for customers where salt and chemicals are used to melt snow and ice on the road. The zinc coating also benefits customers who prefer no visible surface rust on the vanes and outer circumference of the rotors.

StopTech AeroRotors are 100% made in the USA.

Front rotor upgrade - 325 x 32mm

S = Slotted

D = Drilled

Priced per pair

S-$650

D-$775

81-180-9911

81-180-9921

 

Centric Premium rotors are identical in dimensions to the factory originals.  During assembly, rotors are straddle cut for the most accurate machining, then double disc ground for optimum parallelism, minimal runout, and near zero thickness variation.  A non-directional finish is applied for better initial pad bedding.  All surfaces, including the hat, are machined and non-swept surfaces are electrostatically coated with a durable, black finish for corrosion protection and good looks.  Finally, rotors are computer mill balanced to incredibly tight tolerances.  You won't find better replacement rotors anywhere.  Click here for video with more product details. 

Centric Premium High Carbon rotors utilize an advanced metallurgy that reduces pad squeal. The proprietary Molybdenum and Chromium alloy resists rotor cracking during heavy track use and increases the friction level, improving brake performance and stopping power. Increased Chromium and Carbon content is also more resistant to surface oxidation.  For some applications, directional internal cooling vanes are used for improved cooling over the straight-vane factory rotors.

StopTech Sport rotors offer the advantages of Centric Premium High Carbon rotors, with the addition of slotting and/or drilling for higher bite and friction and more consistent brake pad performance over the pad lifetime.

How to choose between them?  Slotted rotors provide additional bite and maintain consistent friction level over the life of your pads.  These are ideal for aggressive street and even road racing applications.  Slotted and drilled rotors offer even more bite and stunning looks, but should be used on the street and not for racing.  If you want slotted or slotted and drilled rotors and there is no pricing listed below, send an inquiry to orders@zeckhausen.com and we can let you know if they are available.  Or check our on-line store, which has many more vehicle listings:  STORE

Make sure you install your rotors properly.  See: How to Properly Install Plain, Slotted or Drilled Rotors

(Centric Parts is the parent company of StopTech .  StopTech rotors start as Centric High Carbon blanks and are machined in the USA on computer-controlled milling machines.)

To obtain information about any rotor, click on the part number (if a link is present) for details, including rotor drawings, replacement thickness, critical dimensions, and weight.

To order, click here: and locate your vehicle brand along the left side of the store page.  Or call us Monday - Friday at (800)222-8893 x1 for help selecting the proper parts.

Centric Premium Rotors

Front 325mm x 32mm 1-piece vented rotors

Rear 305mm x 26mm 1-piece vented rotors

$64 Each

$61 Each

120.62059

120.62060

120.62061

120.62062

StopTech Sport Slotted Rotors

Front 325mm x 32mm 1-piece vented rotors

Rear 305mm x 26mm 1-piece vented rotors

$106 Each

$106 Each

126.62059SL

126.62060SR

126.62061SL

126.62062SR

StopTech Sport Slotted & Drilled Rotors

Front 325mm x 32mm 1-piece vented rotors

Rear 305mm x 26mm 1-piece vented rotors

$114 Each

$89 Each

127.62059L

127.62060R

127.62061L

127.62062R

 

Stainless Steel Braided Brake Lines

Improve pedal feel by replacing stock rubber lines with StopTech stainless steel braided Teflon lines.  Stock lines expand under pressure, contributing to spongy pedal feel.  StopTech lines reduce pedal travel and firm up pedal feel, allowing precise brake modulation.  Useful for drivers who "heel-toe" downshift, providing a more stable platform from which to modulate the throttle to match engine revs to transmission speed.

StopTech lines are covered with stainless steel weave to provide support and protect from abrasion and impact.  The stainless braid is molded inside a layer of clear plastic to protect the lines from the environment and to protect your car's suspension and delicate sensor wires from the "hacksaw effect" possible with uncoated steel braided brake lines.  These lines are DOT compliant and may be legally used on the highway, unlike lines sold for "off-road use only."  StopTech lines have been tested and approved by the TUV for sale in Germany.

100 percent tested!  Every StopTech line is tested at 4,500 psi before it is packed and shipped.  Most manufacturers perform no pressure testing.  Some test random samples from their assembly line or test to lower pressures.  No other company tests every single brake line.

When installing a front big brake kit, Zeckhausen Racing recommends upgrading your rear brake lines.  4-wheel big brake kits come with front and rear steel braided lines, so no additional purchase is necessary.

Each brake line kit includes parts for both sides of your vehicle.  To order, click here: and locate your vehicle along the left side of the store page.  Or, feel free to call us at (800)222-8893 x1 for help selecting the proper parts.

Stainless steel braided brake lines

F-$72

R-$68

950.62000

950.62500

 

High Performance and Competition Brake Pads for C5 Corvette

StopTech Street Performance brake pads offer an unusual combination of good bite, low noise, and extremely wide temperature range, making them ideal as "dual use" street to medium track pads. Included with StopTech big brake kits and available for most OEM calipers.  Zeckhausen Racing's preferred high performance street pads for aggressive drivers.

F-$95

R-$57

63-309-0731

63-309-0732

Hawk HPS high performance street pads have low dust, low noise, and low rotor wear.  Slightly higher in friction level than Hawk Ceramic pads with a similar MOT of around 750 degrees F.  Not recommended for track use, as their friction level falls off rapidly when the MOT is exceeded.

F-$114

R-$82

63-410-0731

63-410-0732

Hawk Performance Ceramic street pads have extremely low dust, low noise, and low rotor wear.  These represent the latest technology in street friction.  Not for track use.

F-$124

R-$86

63-443-0731

63-443-0732

Hawk HP PLUS high performance street pads have moderate dust, moderate rotor wear, very high initial bite and a Maximum Operating Temperature (MOT) slightly higher than Hawk HPS.  They tend to be noisy, often squealing under light braking, although proper bedding can help.  Ideal for autocross and may be used for track days on lower horsepower cars.  Not recommended for heavy track use, as friction level falls off rapidly when MOT is exceeded.

F-$142

R-$111

63-420-0731

63-420-0732

Ferodo DS2500 Club Race pads can be used on the street and for light to medium track duty.  Good cold bite, but can be noisy.  Proper bedding can help reduce this noise.  Less compressible than other pads, giving it excellent pedal feel and good modulation.  The average friction level of about 0.50 remains constant at any speed and at temperatures up to 1,000 degrees F, after which it falls off slowly.  Frequently used in the rear in conjunction with Ferodo DS3000 in front.

F-$232

R-$184

63-360-0731

63-360-0732

Hawk HT-10 Race pads have good modulation and release characteristics, making them ideal for the "weekend warrior."  Moderate rotor wear, moderate dust, a stable torque curve, above average bite, and a MOT of 1,400 degrees F.  Recommended for the front of front-engine cars for casual track use, as well as for the rear of club race and professional race cars.

F-$245

R-$179

63-490-0731

63-490-0732

Hawk HT-14 Race pads are more aggressive than HT-10.  Very high average torque output, slightly rising over its temperature range and a MOT of 1600 degrees F.  Even with its high torque output, it retains good modulation and release characteristics and moderate rotor wear.  Recommended for the front of front engine race cars in conjunction with HT-10 in the rear.

F-$258

R-$234

63-400-0731

63-400-0732

Hawk DTC-70 is the most serious member of the "Dynamic Torque Control" race pad family, with an average level of friction among the highest available and an incredibly linear pressure to torque relationship. The result gives the driver an unparalleled ability to modulate brake torque at the limit of tire adhesion, while keeping pedal effort low.  Relatively low rotor and pad wear for such an aggressive pad.

F-$273

R-$248

63-480-0731

63-480-0732

PFC 01 Race pads have very high average torque output, rising over its operating temperature range, and a MOT of 2000 degrees F.  Excellent bite, low rotor wear, and average pad wear.  Novice drivers may find this pad challenging to modulate.  Pad of choice for top race teams and our favorite due to overwhelming positive feedback and few complaints of judder.  Frequently used in the front of front engine cars with PFC 97 in the rear.

F-$278

R-$272

63-660-0731

63-660-0732

 

Performance, All-Season, and Winter Tires

Besides brakes, tires are the most important component in determining stopping distance.  It's literally where the rubber meets the road.  Selecting the right tire for your driving conditions can make a tremendous difference.  For example, if you live in Florida or southern California and are driving on all-season tires, you are leaving huge performance gains on the table!  A good set of summer-only performance tires can literally transform the handling and braking capabilities of your car.  In fact, if your goal is to minimize stopping distance, you're better off going to Tire Rack's web site and buying tires first, before spending any money here on better brakes!

For the best selection and prices, we recommend Tire Rack.  From Maximum Performance tires to All Season tires to Snow Tires, Tire Rack has it all.  Tire Rack also offers wheel and tire packages and can even tell you which wheels will clear your StopTech big brake upgrade.  Click the Tire Rack icon below for your best deal on wheels and tires. 

For wheel fitment information for cars equipped with StopTech or other big brake kits, contact Luke Pavlick at (888)541-1777 x362.

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