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Upgrading the brakes can be done in 2 different ways. One method is to fit enhanced products to expand
the performance of the standard system. The other alternative is to fit a brake upgrade kit. These often involve
fitting of larger discs and calipers from alternative manufacturers.
Here, the focus is on standard sized upgraded parts.
There are 3 different types of discs available which can help with the performance of the discs.
Grooved discs These discs have a number of grooves etched into the surface of the discs. This is to help reduce the buildup of gas between the surface of the pad and the disc. It is common to see discs with 6 grooves although there are alternatives and discs are available with 20 and even 40 grooves like the one shown here. There is also the ATE alternative which uses one continuous groove in a pattern across the surface of the disc.
Drilled discs These discs have a cross drilled pattern of holes in the disc surface primarily to help with cooling.
Grooved / drilled discs These are a combination of the drilled and the grooved discs above. These are almost always a smaller number of grooves of either 6 or 8. Designed to offer the benefits of reduced gas build up and cooling in the one application.
There are a number of manufacturers of discs and I have attempted to include them all here.
With brake pads, there are countless manufacturers who offer "fast road" pads. These are pads, which have a higher operating temperature than standard pads but are able to operate like a standard pad, whereby no warming up period is required. There are pure race pad compounds also available but these are not suitable for standard road use. Some of the more common manufacturers of fast road pads are below.