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Brake systems are one of the most important yet least understood vehicle systems. Brake systems can be intimidating, and they aren't 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. 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 315 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'll even find special sidebars detailing how each upgrade will affect your ABS system. Whether you are a commuter, a casual enthusiast, a weekend warrior, or a professional racer, this book is perfect for you.

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The photos in this edition are black and white.

Brake systems are one of the most important yet least understood vehicle systems. Brake systems can be intimidating, and they aren't 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. 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 315 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'll even find special sidebars detailing how each upgrade will affect your ABS system. Whether you are a commuter, a casual enthusiast, a weekend warrior, or a professional racer, this book is perfect for you.

Pages : 144
Size : 8.5 X 11 (inches)
Format : Paperback / softback
Illustrations : 315 b/w
Publisher : CarTech
ISBN : 9781613250549
Product Code : SA126P

Biography 

Acknowledgments 

Dedication 

Foreword 

Introduction 

 

Chapter 1: Energy Conversion 

The Conservation of Energy

Where Energy Comes From

Friction

Kinetic Energy

Potential Energy

Energy Transformation 

Energy and the Brake System 

Calculating Brake System Temperature 

Importance of Brake Sizing

 

Chapter 2: Tires Stop the Car

The First Law of Motion 

Brake Forces 

Tire Slip 

How Brake Forces are Generated 

The Mu-Slip Curve 

Choosing the Best Tires 

Calculating Maximum Deceleration

 

Chapter 3: Brake System Design 

Driver Applied Force 

Brake System Overview 

Brake Corner Gain 

Summing Forces

Overall Brake System Gain

Calculating Deceleration 

Calculating Stopping Distance

Brake System Modifications

 

Chapter 4: Brake Balance 

Brake Force and Corner Weight

Perfect Balance 

Static Weight Distribution 

The Second Law of Motion 

Dynamic Weight Distribution 

The Benefits of Perfect Balance 

Front Brake Bias

Rear Brake Bias

Measuring Brake Balance

Changing Brake Balance 

 

Chapter 5: The Apply System

Brake Pedal Components 

OEM Brake Pedals 

Racing Brake Pedals 

Brake Boosters 

Vacuum Boosters

Hydraulic Boosters 

Master Cylinders

Rear Brake Pressure Reduction 

Balance Bars 

Proportioning Valves 

 

Chapter 6: Brake Fluid 

Brake Fluid 101

FMVSS116

Boiling Points 

Water Adsorption

DOT Ratings

Brake Fluid Compatibility

Brake Fluid Maintenance 

Brake Bleeding

 

Chapter 7: Brake Lines and Brake Hoses

Hydraulic Circuit Design

Brake Lines

Flare Fittings 

Brake Hoses 

Banjo Fittings 

Stainless Steel Brake Hoses

High-Performance Brake Systems

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