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A P Racing Bleedscrews – 3/8 x 24 UNF

A P Racing Bleedscrews – 3/8 x 24 UNF

A P Racing Bleedscrew to suit A P Racing Brake Calipers. Product Description Zinc plated steel bleedscrews Thread Size 3/8 x 24 UNF Please note A P Racing Bleedscrews are sold individually.View more

$1.97

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Carbon Fibre Naca Ducts by Topstage Composites

Carbon Fibre Naca Ducts by Topstage Composites

These Carbon Fibre NACA Ducts are made by Topstage Composites, a Melbourne based composite manufacturer specialising in Carbon Fiber by Freddy Carbon. NACA ducts, also sometimes called a NACA scoop or NACA inlet, is a common form of low-drag air inlet design, originally developed by the U.S. National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics (NACA), the precursor to NASA, in 1945. These Top Stage Carbon Fibre NACA Ducts can be used to provide cold air to air intakes, braking systems or radiators.  View more

$153.38

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Wilwood Wilwood Billet Sport Caliper Brake Pads – Standard Compound – Set Of 4

Wilwood Wilwood Billet Sport Caliper Brake Pads – Standard Compound – Set Of 4

This brake pad shape is to suit the Wilwood Billet spot brake caliper and is available in standard compound only.View more

$41.18

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Wilwood Tru-Bar 2 Pedal 6.25 Ratio Universal Swing Mount Pedal Box – Rear Facing Cylinders

Wilwood Tru-Bar 2 Pedal 6.25 Ratio Universal Swing Mount Pedal Box – Rear Facing Cylinders

These latest Tru-Bar pedals from Wilwood utilize a fixed trunnion bearing in the pedal arm, with spherical rod-end bearing pushrod attachments. They provide ultimate precision, control, and adjustment of the brake bias on race prepped vehicles. The new Tru-Bar pedals utilize the same chassis and master cylinder mounting as all Wilwood balance bar style pedals. A stronger and larger diameter 7/16-20 bar provides quicker adjustment and features a shouldered 3/8” diameter end to attach the standard remote adjuster cable to deliver professional, championship caliber performance.Features:    Adjustable pedal foot pads    Lightweight construction.    High strength computer design.    Includes brake balance bar and clevis.    High strength steel master cylinder mounting studs.    Easy mounting location.    Stainless steel foot pads.    Wilwood’s own black anodized coat finish.    Finest quality hardware. View more

$451.33

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Wilwood Tru-Bar 2 Pedal 6.25 Ratio Universal Swing Mount Pedal Box – Forward Facing Cylinders

Wilwood Tru-Bar 2 Pedal 6.25 Ratio Universal Swing Mount Pedal Box – Forward Facing Cylinders

These latest Tru-Bar pedals from Wilwood utilize a fixed trunnion bearing in the pedal arm, with spherical rod-end bearing pushrod attachments. They provide ultimate precision, control, and adjustment of the brake bias on race prepped vehicles. The new Tru-Bar pedals utilize the same chassis and master cylinder mounting as all Wilwood balance bar style pedals. A stronger and larger diameter 7/16-20 bar provides quicker adjustment and features a shouldered 3/8” diameter end to attach the standard remote adjuster cable to deliver professional, championship caliber performance.Features:    Adjustable pedal foot pads    Lightweight construction.    High strength computer design.    Includes brake balance bar and clevis.    High strength steel master cylinder mounting studs.    Easy mounting location.    Stainless steel foot pads.    Wilwood’s own black anodized coat finish.    Finest quality hardware. View more

$451.33

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Wilwood Single Clutch Or Brake Pedal Single Cylinder 6:1 Ratio Universal Floor Mount

Wilwood Single Clutch Or Brake Pedal Single Cylinder 6:1 Ratio Universal Floor Mount

 This pedal assembly often gets used as a clutch pedal with a single outlet master cylinder, or can be used as a brake pedal in conjunction with dual outlet, tandem master cylinders on four wheel brake equipped vehicles.The pedal sits in an all aluminium frame and arm construction with steel pivots, mounting studs and an anti-skid pedal pad. Floor mount with a 6.00:1 pedal ratio.Please note: If using the pedal with a tandem master cylinder, with horizontal mounting you must use an adapter.View more

$88.96

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Wilwood Self Bleed Check Valve

Wilwood Self Bleed Check Valve

Designed to form a closed loop brake fluid system which circulates the fluid whenever the pedal is depressed this helps prevent localised fluid boiling in the caliper. It allows gases to vent back into the master cylinder reservoir resulting in a firmer, more consistent brake pedal. 1.8" NPT ports.These Wilwood compact check valves or flow-control valves can be used in conjunction with Wilwood caliper self-bleed lines.View more

$72.02

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Wilwood Residual Pressure Valve – 2 psi Blue

Wilwood Residual Pressure Valve – 2 psi Blue

These residual pressure valves are perfect for use on many off-road applications but also street rods and drag racing. These valves retain a minimum brake line pressure which helps to eliminate excessive brake pedal travel. The 2lb (blue anodised) valves are best used for disc brake applications usually where the master cylinder is below the horizontal plane of the calipers, and fluid drainback occurs. 10lb (red anodised) valves are used for drum brake systems to compensate for the return spring tension. Billet aluminium constructionInlet 1/8-27 NPTOutlet 1/8-27 NPTView more

$27.77

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Wilwood Residual Pressure Valve – 10 psi Red

Wilwood Residual Pressure Valve – 10 psi Red

These residual pressure valves are perfect for use on many off-road applications but also street rods and drag racing. These valves retain a minimum brake line pressure which helps to eliminate excessive brake pedal travel. The 2lb (blue anodised) valves are best used for disc brake applications usually where the master cylinder is below the horizontal plane of the calipers, and fluid drainback occurs. 10lb (red anodised) valves are used for drum brake systems to compensate for the return spring tension. Billet aluminium constructionInlet 1/8-27 NPTOutlet 1/8-27 NPTView more

$27.77

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Wilwood Remote Brake Bias / Balance Bar Adjuster Cable

Wilwood Remote Brake Bias / Balance Bar Adjuster Cable

Wilwood's Remote Balance Bar Cable Adjuster is used with balance bars to adjust front-to-rear brake bias during changing race conditions. The highly visible bright blue knob features a special bi-directional detente control providing the driver with positive adjustment feedback. The special five foot cable and housing (which can be cut to any length for a custom fit) provides an optimum bending radius for easy installation and smooth performance in tight confines. The assembly comes with two label faces for with either front-to-rear or rear-to-front adjustment. Standard 3/8-24 thread fits Wilwood and most commonly used balance bars.This bias adjuster is constructed from a combination of Steel and plastic parts and finished in black with a blue high visibility knob.Length – 5ft.View more

$60.52

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Wilwood High Volume Integral Reservoir Master Cylinders – 1.0" Bore

Wilwood High Volume Integral Reservoir Master Cylinders – 1.0" Bore

Wilwood's High Volume Master Cylinders are made from high pressure die-cast bodies, feature 8.2oz of reservoir volume and 1,43″ piston stroke.These master cylinders are designed with high pressure, high grade aluminium die-cast bodies and steel components. They each feature a single outlet and are available in various bore sizes.Wilwood master cylinders have the highest fluid capacity of any integral reservoir design. They have a total capacity of 8.2 ounces, at least 26% more volume than other brands. The 1-7/16″ of piston travel offers extra margin when used with large piston calipers. Heavy duty internal springs provide fast retraction. The moisture is kept out thanks to formed steel lids with bellow type gaskets.Vertical flange with 2.25″ mounting hole centres. 1.4″ stroke. 7/16″ inlet, 3/8″ outlet.Wilwood master cylinders use common dimensions for flange or side mounting and 1/8-27 NPT outlet port. Bore Size Area (in): Stroke: Volumne (cu in): Type: Outlets: Finish: Reservoir Type Reservoir Size (oz) Reservoir Size (cu in) Overall Length (in): Flange to End Length (in): Inlet Size(in): Outlet Size 1 (in): Outlet Fit 1 (in): 1.0″ 0.78 1.43″ 1.11 Single Outlet 1 Bare Remote 8.2  14.8 9.15″ 4.87″   1/8-27NPT   .78″ 0.6 1.43″ 0.85 Single Outlet 1...View more

$65.52

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Wilwood High Volume Integral Reservoir Master Cylinders – 0.825" Bore

Wilwood High Volume Integral Reservoir Master Cylinders – 0.825" Bore

Wilwood's High Volume Master Cylinders are made from high pressure die-cast bodies, feature 8.2oz of reservoir volume and 1,43″ piston stroke.These master cylinders are designed with high pressure, high grade aluminium die-cast bodies and steel components. They each feature a single outlet and are available in various bore sizes.Wilwood master cylinders have the highest fluid capacity of any integral reservoir design. They have a total capacity of 8.2 ounces, at least 26% more volume than other brands. The 1-7/16″ of piston travel offers extra margin when used with large piston calipers. Heavy duty internal springs provide fast retraction. The moisture is kept out thanks to formed steel lids with bellow type gaskets.Vertical flange with 2.25″ mounting hole centres. 1.4″ stroke. 7/16″ inlet, 3/8″ outlet.Wilwood master cylinders use common dimensions for flange or side mounting and 1/8-27 NPT outlet port. Bore Size Area (in): Stroke: Volumne (cu in): Type: Outlets: Finish: Reservoir Type Reservoir Size (oz) Reservoir Size (cu in) Overall Length (in): Flange to End Length (in): Inlet Size(in): Outlet Size 1 (in): Outlet Fit 1 (in): 1.0″ 0.78 1.43″ 1.11 Single Outlet 1 Bare Remote 8.2  14.8 9.15″ 4.87″   1/8-27NPT   .78″ 0.6 1.43″ 0.85 Single Outlet 1...View more

$65.52

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Understanding Braking Systems and Why Racing Brakes Are So Important

The braking system is the single greatest safety measure when on the road. The system is designed to use pressure and friction to force the car to a stop.
Vehicles have different types of braking systems but with the same mechanism. Various components are incorporated to form the complete system, and a failure in one can compromise the whole operation.

For this reason, vehicle owners have to provide proper maintenance to keep the brake system working. If a brake pad, hose or calliper is faulty, then it is necessary to replace it.

A clear comprehension of how the different parts in the brake network are connected goes a long way when it comes to taking care of your car.

How the Braking System Works

Anything in motion has kinetic energy, which increases with the speed and weight of the object. To stop, you have to eliminate all that energy. An automotive braking system achieves this by converting it into heat.

The system has a pedal, which is the contact point for the driver. When you step on this, a lever triggers the cylinder holding the brake fluid, which is deposited into the callipers. This movement forces the brake pads to engage, resulting in pressure that falls on the rotors thereby, generating friction that halts the vehicle.

This hydraulic system is able to capitalise on the pressure from the foot and turn it into sufficient force to stop the car.

Difference Between Disc and Drum Braking Systems

Drum and disc braking mechanisms are the two types that are fitted into vehicles. Some automakers have disc braking on the front wheels and drum in the rear. Others have disc braking on all wheels.

With a disc brake, the system contains a metal disc that is visible through the front wheels. This disc turns with every movement of the wheel. A calliper, hydraulic pistons and a pad are also included in the system.

Pressing the brake pedal causes the calliper to apply pressure on the pad through the pistons. As this pad rubs against the disc, the friction allows the pistons to slow the disc by clamping on it. There are no return springs, so when you release the brake, the Pistons have to move a small distance to their original resting place.

The pistons are also fitted with rubber rings that make it possible for them to slip forward over time to compensate for the wearing down of the pads. By doing this, the distance between the pads and the pistons remains consistent.

All Disc Braking Systems

An all-disc system is a common feature for performance car brakes and luxury vehicles due to their efficiency. For one, they dissipate heat better than a drum braking system. They also have a long lasting break fade. It means that they lose their effectiveness during hard stops at a slower rate than drum braking.

Drum Braking Systems

In a drum system, a drum and brake shoes work together to generate friction and slow down the car. The drum is hollow with two shoes fitted inside with a stationary backplate covering the back section.

Hydraulic pistons in the wheel cylinder apply pressure to the shoes, forcing them outward. The curved shoes have friction linings that force against the drum when the shoes move outwards, causing it to stop. One end of a brake shoe has a pivot while the other has a piston. The shoes in a drum system are not always the same.

There is the leading shoe, where the piston is at the leading edge. When the drum turns, the leading shoe makes contact and moves towards the drum, which improves braking. The other type is the trailing shoes, which has the pivot located at the front.

A drum system can have leading and trailing shoes while others have a pair of leading shoes. With a twin-leading system, each shoe has a hydraulic cylinder while a leading-trailing design has a single cylinder. A leading and trailing combination is more powerful and is commonly used in the rear.

Unlike a disc brake, a drum system has return springs that allow the shoes to bounce back when the driver releases the brakes. Drum braking systems are simpler in design than discs thus, making them cheaper to produce. A drum brake can be pneumatic, mechanic or hydraulic.

The braking system of your vehicle has various threats to deal with, but heat is the most brutal. Pressing on brakes constantly, in addition to the hydraulic process that is necessary to generate friction, means that they get worn out over time.

You can replace some of the components of the system such as the pedal, pads and pistons. Callipers need replacing when they start leaking. Piston seals can also suffer damage with prolonged use.

Of course, the system relies on good quality brake fluid to facilitate the conversion of energy into heat. Brake rotors, calliper pins and brake shoes are other components that need regular inspections to ensure optimal performance.