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Brake Parts Buyer's Guide

Brake Sparks
Tori Tellem | Writer
Posted March 1, 1998

Upgrades To Stop It Now And Stop It Right

Maybe you've added a lift kit and are now stretching the wee out of your stock brake lines, or you've tossed on bigger rubber and need better stoppability. It could be that things are just a little too iffy when you slam pedal to metal, or that you simply need replacement parts. No matter what your stopping needs, this month's buyer's guide offers kits and other related components for pulling out all the stops.

Mark's Replacement Drums
If your Land Cruiser's drum brakes won't adjust properly but you can't afford a disc brake swap, Mark's Off Road sells replacement drums. The flange thickness is almost twice that of stock units, so the drum won't warp when you bolt it down, according to the company. Information: Mark's Off Road, Dept. 4WOR, 437 N. Moss St., Burbank, CA 91502, 818/953-9230 (after 1:00 pm PST).

Baer Expedition System
Baer Racing's new Extreme series for the '97-'98 Ford Expedition includes the first six-piston Alcon caliper, making it the only upgrade system available for the Expedition with enough piston area and fluid volume to meet the OE master cylinder requirements, according to the company. The Extreme series is also available for 10 other applications, and a version for 3/4-ton GM trucks is in the works. Baer also offers an adjustable proportioning valve and Castrol brake fluid. Information: Baer Racing Inc., Dept. 4WOR, 3108 W. Thomas Rd., Ste. 1201, Phoenix, AZ 85017-5306, 602/233-1411.

Downey Caliper Mounting Brackets
All of Downey's brackets are 3/8-inch-thick gold-zinc plated steel. Each is precision CNC-machined for the ultimate in caliper-to-rotor positioning. Each set includes two brackets with laser-cut alignment shims or heavy-wall spacer tubes and the appropriate mounting bolts. The brackets are available for '64-and-newer Land Cruisers and '79-'95 four- and two-wheel-drive mini-pickups. Information: Downey Off Road Mfg., Dept. 4WOR, 10001 S. Pioneer Blvd., Santa Fe Springs, CA 90670, 562/949-9494.

Praise Dyno Brake Shoes And Pads
Praise Dyno Brake offers its Stage I Combo Disc Pads, Brake Shoes & Trick Spring Kit Set with a new-for-'98 part: DOT-approved stainless steel brake hoses. The Stage I kit is a balanced brake system with a semi-kevlar composite for 38 percent higher friction, according to the company. The kit is available for sport/utilities, light trucks, and other 4x4s. Information: Praise Dyno Brake, Dept. 4WOR, 1061 S. Munson Rd., Royse City, TX 75189, 972/636-2722.

Power Stop Upgrades
Power Stop, Autospecialty's line of high-performance rotors and pads, carries a full line of performance upgrades for four-wheel drives. Pictured are cross-drilled rotors for the Ford Explorer and Toyota T-100 and a slotted rotor for the Toyota Land Cruiser. Also shown are the 9-1-1 Extreme Performance and Axxis Metal Master brake pads. Power Stop has rotors and pads for virtually every Chevy, Dodge, Ford, GMC, and Hummer or any other application. Power Stop/Autospecialty, Dept. 4WOR, 800 E. 230th St., Carson, CA 90745, 310/513-2060, e-mail

LC Engineering/Brake Man Toyota Brake Parts
LC Engineering and The Brake Man have teamed up to offer brakes for Toyota 4x4s, 4Runners, and 4x2s. The special compound pads are said to increase stock brake torque by 50 percent, are fade resistant, and are great for use with big off-road tires. Braided steel lines, fittings, and high-performance brake fluid are also available. Information: LC Engineering Inc., Dept. 4WOR, 1880-B Commander Dr., Lake Havasu City, AZ 86403, 520/505-2501.

Stillen Expedition Brake Kit
Stillen's brake division has released its newest Brembo Brake Kit, designed for the '97-'98 Ford Expedition. It's designed as a bolt-in replacement for the OE rotors and calipers. ABS-compatible, it features DOT-spec'd Brembo fixed-mount ,four-piston calipers and two Brembo rotors measuring 328mm by 28mm. The company says braking distance will be reduced by 13 to 16 percent. The kit includes brake pads, stainless steel brake lines, mounting hardware, and instructions. Information: Steve Millen Sportparts Inc., Dept. 4WOR, 3176 Airway, Costa Mesa, CA 92626, 714/540-5566.

Performance Friction Parts
Performance Friction, manufacturer of carbon-metallic racing and high-performance Z-Rated disc brake pads, also produces many other brake components. Among the offerings in the company's '98 Motorsports/ Powersports catalog are calipers, heat shields, and brake fluid. Information: Performance Friction Corp., Dept. 4WOR, 83 Carbon Metallic Hwy., P.O. Box 819, Clover, SC, 29710-0819, 803/222-2141, Website

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