Alright, so as some of you may know we recently picked up Stoptech as a sponsor, so we had to remove the ISC brakes that we had test fitted and threw on the Stoptechs. They are an amazing quality piece, the small details really matter and they provide some of the best installation instructions that we have personally ever seen.
Before we dive into that, I’d like to show a photo of our coilover sleeves. They look really good and are doing a great job keeping the coilover protected. One note to make is when you are installing these on a set of ISC coilovers with thrust bearings you want to make sure you really get it covering the thrust bearing. If not water can seep in and mess up your day!
Stoptech Big Brake Kit Install
Available here: http://ajwperformanceproducts.com/20…egory=10971073
“StopTech’s Balanced Brake Upgrade kits equip your Subaru BRZ with larger two or four piston calipers and plus sized StopTech AeroRotors. StopTech big brake kits provide a neutral biased brake system that will improve safety and performance on and off the track as well as add a striking visual enhancement that is second to none. StopTech big brake kits also include stainless steel brake lines and StopTech performance brake pads to complete the package.
Adding the StopTech ST-40 front or ST-22 rear calipers to your BRZ as part of the Balanced Brake Kit will give you the advantage of one of the stiffest calipers on the market. StopTech’s calipers incorporate their bolt-in bridge, which is strong enough to dramatically reduce caliper distortion yet does not sacrifice the caliper’s cooling. The squeeze forged StopTech calipers have the least flex of any tested after market or OEM caliper. The air channel in the bridge is designed to help air flow through the retainer, resulting in better cooling. A stiffer caliper on your BRZ means improved performance without added vibration, noise or pad taper. You will also benefit from better pedal feel under extreme braking conditions. You can brake confidently, knowing your calipers are staying cool as you dive into the next corner.
The StopTech big brake kit uses StopTech’s patented Two-Piece Floating Directional Aero Rotors with your choice of several rotor diameters, featuring their innovative leading and trailing edge designed cooling vanes. The unique vanes inside the disc maximize airflow through the AeroRotor to reduce turbulence and flow more air than any rotor tested. AeroRotors provide up to 80% better airflow over original equipment rotors and 10-30% better airflow than other directional vaned racing rotors. What does that mean for you? Your Subaru BRZ’s rotors will stay cooler lap after lap (or stoplight after stoplight). Cooler rotors are less prone to warping and cracking, and will also help to prevent brake fade and/or failure.
StopTech makes their own stainless steel brake lines in Southern California. StopTech is a DOT (U.S. Department of Transportation) registered supplier of stainless steel brake lines. Line material and fittings are all made from the highest quality parts available. StopTech’s brake lines feature a clear, abrasion-resistant cover for maximum protection against chaffing. Necessary quality control procedures are in place to ensure lines are the correct length and every fully assembled StopTech stainless steel brake line is tested to a pressure of 4,500 psi.
The supplied StopTech performance street pads are an excellent choice for the daily driven BRZ and function great for the occasional autocross. If regular trips to autocross events or serious track days are in your BRZ’s future, be sure to purchase a more appropriate pad for those events.
StopTech big brake kits calipers are commonly available in Red & Black, but can be special ordered in Silver, Blue, Yellow or Gold at an additional charge and with additional lead times. Please call if you are interested in special order caliper colors.
Anti-corrosion gold zinc coating benefits those who live in cold climates, where snow and road salt are commonly encountered, or those who would prefer no visible surface rust on the vanes and outer circumference of their rotors. This option will add to lead times, please call for more information.”
REMEMBER: Always use anti-seize when installing new products it will make your life much easier when you uninstall or change parts!
The first thing that caught our eye was, “woah, these calipers are HUGE for 4 pots”. They’re beefy, but we like beefy
The small details are really interesting on them as well. They feature an air dam that draws more air in to cool down the brakes.
The kit also includes everything that you need for the front, including the brackets for the calipers, the calipers themselves, pads and rotors.
The Calipers have a large piston and a smaller piston, one is 40mm and the other is 34mm.
Stoptech advises in their instruction manual to not use brake clean, which is important. As always make sure you remove the rust inhibitor coating on your rotors prior to installation or else you could damage your brake pads.
Photos of the finished product and brake lines
Onto the rears!
These can be purchased here: http://ajwperformanceproducts.com/20…egory=10971073
“StopTech Sport Kits represent excellent performance at an excellent value by providing significant brake performance improvements using direct-replacement (OEM) sized components. Sport Kits are the easiest way to upgrade your rotors, brake lines and pads for improved braking performance while retaining the existing factory calipers and wheel fitment.
StopTech Power Slot Rotors will increase the looks and performance of your BRZ. The unique slotted friction surface helps wipe away debris that can form between the pad and the disc, provides more initial pad bite, improves cooling, and will add a sporty aesthetic. All Power Slot rotors feature a friction surface coating to prevent glazing as well as a durable black e-coating on the center sections to prevent corrosion and enhance the look of aftermarket wheels.
StopTech Performance Pads are a great option for those that are looking for a good all around street pad that may see limited track time. Designed with a higher heat tolerance and temperature range, the StopTech Performance pads will out perform most other OEM quality pads on the street or track. Para-aramid composites provide linear response regardless of pad temperature. You can expect increased dust but a minimal increase in noise. These are also standard in StopTech’s big brake kits.
StopTech Braided Stainless Steel Brake Lines reduce the brake system’s compliance and improve brake pedal feel and modulation. StopTech’s Stainless Steel Brake Lines are D.O.T. compliant and designed specifically to fit your BRZ. All necessary brackets and fasteners for easy installation. All necessary brackets and fasteners for easy installation.”
Remove your old gross brake rotors that don’t have totally cool slotting!
It is always a good idea to inspect everything as well while you are removing components. Check for any missing, torn, or worn componenets that may need replacing. It’ll make your life easier on down the road!
Install the new rotor and reinstall the caliper with new brake pads! Stoptech also does make BBK for the rear, but we decided to go with only the front and sport kit for the rear.
The front and rear brakes feel great. After correctly breaking them in per Stoptech’s instructions the braking power was unreal. We look forward to getting these out this spring on the Auto X and Drift course at New Hampshire Motor Speedway events for SCCNH and ClubLoose North. If looking into a big brake kit, certainly make these Stoptech brakes a top priority to check out if you intend to use the vehicle for heavy motorsports use. We will post more updates on them shortly, did we mention how awesome they look too especially behind the AME Japan TM02 wheels?