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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Table of Contents 673 kb PDF
Chapter 1 - Energy Conversion 647 kb PDF
Chapter 2 - Tires Stop the Car 475 kb PDF
Chapter 3 - Brake System Design 421 kb PDF
Chapter 4 - Brake Balance 548 kb PDF
Chapter 5 - Pedals, Boosters and Master Cylinders 511 kb PDF
Chapter 6 - Brake Fluid 544 kb PDF
Chapter 7 - Brake Lines and Hoses 465 kb PDF
Chapter 8 - Brake Calipers 497 kb PDF
Chapter 9 - Brake Pads 453 kb PDF
Chapter 10 - Brake Rotors 554 kb PDF
Chapter 11 - Sports Car Brake Upgrade 650 kb PDF
Chapter 12 - Racecar Brake Upgrade 571 kb PDF
Chapter 13 - Muscle Car Brake Upgrade 516 kb PDF
Chapter 14 - Hot Rod Brake Upgrade 650 kb PDF