CPP Big-Brake Kit
For not much more money than an entry-level disc brake system, CPP offers a complete big-brake kit that fits behind 17-inch wheels and packs tremendous value for the dollar. The front brake kit includes 13-inch drilled and slotted rotors, and twin-piston PBR calipers that have far greater pad surface area than the popular C5 Corvette calipers. The rear kit features 12-inch rotors and single-piston calipers. Also packaged with CPP's comprehensive system are forged aluminum front hubs, a master cylinder, a proportioning valve, hoses, and pre-bent hard lines. Prices start at $1,498 for both the front and rear brake kit. For those who only want to upgrade the front brakes, CPP offers a similar system that includes 2-inch drop spindles for $799.
Wilwood Superlite 6R
With roots tracing back to short-track, Late-Model Sportsman, Modified, and rally competition, it's truly incredible that Wilwood offers its forged Superlite 6 calipers in big-brake kits for dual-role street/track muscle cars equipped 17-inch wheels. These impressive systems include 13-inch drilled and slotted two-piece rotors, aluminum hubs, and massive six-piston narrow-body calipers. Computer-generated solid modeling and FEA stress analysis technology yields a caliper that weighs just 4.9 pounds, but packs a big bite. One-piece stainless steel pistons minimize heat transfer from the pads into the caliper body for reduced fade, staggered bore diameters balance braking loads for even pad wear, and square-faced bore seals maximize sealing area to more effectively control piston retraction. Moreover, radial caliper mounting provides two planes of adjustment as well. Prices for front and rear Superlite 6R big-brake kits start at $1,903.
Although wheel diameter can provide a fairly accurate gauge of whether or not a brake kit will fit, infinite variations in backspacing, wheel width, hub width, and spoke design mean that it's not a fail-proof method. In other words, it's quite possible that even though you have wheels that should be big enough to clear a certain model brake caliper, you may need a wee bit more clearance. Baer's wheel spacers provide an easy fix. Machined from billet 6061-T6 aluminum, they're available in thicknesses ranging from 0.250 to 1 inch in all common lug pattern configurations. Price start at $59 per pair.
When Winning Is The Only Option
Improving upon Baer's Pro+ brake system is no small task, but the Extreme+ kit delivers some serious race-spec clamping ability. It boasts many of the same perks as the Pro+ system—like directional two-piece rotors, dust-sealed six-piston calipers, an integrated parking brake, and aluminum hubs and rotor hats—but ups the ante big time with mono-block calipers that are machined from a single piece of 2618 billet aluminum. While Extreme+ kits come with standard 14-inch rotors, they can accommodate rotors up to 16 inches in diameter. For those who need even more braking force, the system can be upgraded to “R-spec” hardware that includes notched pistons for enhanced cooling, additional caliper machining to reduce mass, and proprietary full-floating race rotors that trim three pounds apiece and enhance longevity. Prices start at $3,795 for front kits and $3,650 for rear kits.
For the growing number of race cars masquerading as Pro Touring street cars, Wilwood went back to the drawing board and engineered the W6AR big-brake kit, its biggest-of-the-big system available. Notable goodies include six-piston calipers, 14-inch rotors, aluminum hats and hubs, and radial mounting. Compared to the Superlite 6R, the brawny W6AR caliper features greater piston area, increased pad volume, and the ability to accommodate up to a 15-inch rotor. Additionally, hot rodders can chose between two street pad compounds and four high-temperature race compounds for precise tuning of brake response and heat resistance. The W6AR big-brake kit also maintains compatibility with factory ABS systems. Prices start at $2,235.
Not only are 40-plus-year-old stock pedals ugly, they offer no adjustability and aren't exactly positioned in a way that's conducive to three-pedal downshifts. Whether you need a new brake pedal, a clutch pedal, a gas pedal, or all three, Wilwood has a catalog full of options in multiple configurations. Machined from billet aluminum and E-coated black, Wilwood pedals are available in several brake pedal ratios. In addition to adjustable pedal pads, the Wilwood units feature an integrated balance bar assembly for easy brake bias changes, and your choice of forward- or rear-facing mounting bases for easy fitment. Prices for brake and clutch pedal assemblies start at $213.
CPP Hydra Stop Booster
Big cams can kick out big power, but the downside has always been compromised engine vacuum that isn't sufficient for running power brakes. Hydraulic brake boosters are a great solution to this problem, and CPP now offers one of the slickest units on the market. By tapping into the power steering system, CPP's Hydra Stop brake booster sends 1,800 psi of line pressure to each wheel. The kits include a hydraulic assist unit, a firewall bracket, a master cylinder, and all necessary fittings and hoses. Also available are Hydra Stop units with integrated proportioning valves. Prices start at $749.
CPP C5 Spindle Brakes
Let's say you're just getting your feet wet autocrossing, but want some room to grow with your brake system. Then CPP's C5 spindle brake kit could be the perfect solution. In its standard configuration, it features CPP's own C5-style spindles, 13-inch rotors, and twin-piston C5 Corvette calipers. Should you ever outgrow these brakes, however, the CPP spindles are fully compatible with several monster six-piston caliper options offered by Baer and Wilwood. The spindles use taller ball joint positioning for improved camber gain as well as a sealed C5 aluminum bearing hub assembly that eliminates flex and piston pushback. Prices for the complete front brake kit start at $649. CPP also sells the spindles and hub package separately for $349.