High-Performance Brake Systems

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by James Walker, Jr.

High-Performance Brake Systems: Design, Selection, and Installation gives you the knowledge to upgrade your brakes the right way the first time. Author James Walker, Jr. doesn’t just tell you what to do—he uses over 330 photos and plain English to help you understand how and why your brake system works, what each of the components does, and how to intelligently upgrade your brakes for better performance. There are chapters showing you how to choose and install the most effective rotors, calipers, pads, and tires for your sports car, muscle car, race car, and street rod. You will even find special sidebars detailing how each upgrade will affect your ABS.

Brakes might be one of the most important, yet least understood, vehicle systems. Brakes are relied upon day in and day out without giving a second thought to their condition, let alone their purpose, function, or design. Brake systems can be intimidating, and they aren’t usually the first thing the average horsepower junkie chooses to upgrade. But there’s no reason to wait until you have a problem to learn how your brakes work. Whether you are a casual enthusiast, a weekend warrior, or a professional racer, this book will tell you everything you need to know about brakes.


“This book isn’t just another how-to-manual. No, the text is filled with interesting facts about brakes, and things we didn’t even know.”

– Super Chevy, April 2007

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DescriptionFile SizeDownload
Table of Contents673 kbPDF
Chapter 1 - Energy Conversion647 kbPDF
Chapter 2 - Tires Stop the Car475 kbPDF
Chapter 3 - Brake System Design421 kbPDF
Chapter 4 - Brake Balance548 kbPDF
Chapter 5 - Pedals, Boosters and Master Cylinders511 kbPDF
Chapter 6 - Brake Fluid544 kbPDF
Chapter 7 - Brake Lines and Hoses465 kbPDF
Chapter 8 - Brake Calipers497 kbPDF
Chapter 9 - Brake Pads453 kbPDF
Chapter 10 - Brake Rotors554 kbPDF
Chapter 11 - Sports Car Brake Upgrade650 kbPDF
Chapter 12 - Racecar Brake Upgrade571 kbPDF
Chapter 13 - Muscle Car Brake Upgrade516 kbPDF
Chapter 14 - Hot Rod Brake Upgrade650 kbPDF