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3/12/18 10:16 a.m.

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story by patrick caherty

In the world of automotive engineering, original equipment designs need to represent the best available compromises between performance, durability, cost, weight and ease of production. “Jack of all trades, master of none” is a pretty good description of OE designs.

When it comes to our clan of racers and hardcore enthusiasts, however, we can modify vehicles to better suit our purposes. We aren’t constrained by the many compromises that manufacturers must face. Fortunately, the automotive aftermarket is brimming with options to satisfy our need for speed—and our need to slow down.

In the braking sector of the aftermarket, there are dozens of companies supplying hundreds of products claiming to make our cars stop shorter. Sifting through marketing hype to get to solid engineering can be a daunting task. Add to this the nearly unlimited possibilities of salvage yard hop-ups discussed daily on the various online message boards, and you quickly have too many possibilities to count.

Some of these options will help lower lap times. Others will make you curse the day you stumbled upon them. We’re here to help.

When it comes to brakes, a component upgrade can sometimes be a system downgrade. It all comes down to how the new part affects the system in three areas: gain, balance and compliance.

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Robbie PowerDork
3/12/18 12:01 p.m.

at first I thought the car in the pic was racing in the rain...

now I see it needs a tire upgrade more than a brake upgrade!

HapDL New Reader
3/12/18 1:33 p.m.

In reply to Robbie :

Or better yet, the driver mod.smiley

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