Brake components often define the saying ‘out of sight, out of mind’ and if left for too long, old or damaged brakes can result in devastating effects both on the street and track.
Changing brake components isn’t as tricky as you might of thought, and in a few simple steps you can have old, warped rotors and crumbling pads swapped out for fresh new parts.
The owner of this Mitsubishi EVO VIII is no stranger to the occasional track day, and as a result has pushed his stock braking components to their limits and beyond.
By upgrading to a DBA T3 4000 series rotor and Ferodo DS Performance pad* this EVO will be stopping safely on the road and confidently on the track.
*Made in Italy
1. Loosen the wheel nuts while the car is still on the ground, then raise it up and remove the wheel to expose the brake caliper and rotor. If you are doing this at home it is important to place jack stands under the car for additional safety and support.
Note how the extreme heat cycles while out on the track have caused damage to the factory brake rotor to, while they may still feel up for the task, heat damaged rotors are prone to cracking and fading, even under daily operating conditions.
2. Remove the old brake pads from the caliper and using the appropriate tool for your caliper push the piston back, keeping an eye on the brake fluid level.
Would you feel comfortable using these brake pads? Neither would we! Although there still appears to be some meat left on the pad, the high operating temperatures it has been exposed to on the track have caused the backing plate to warp and the braking material to crumble.
3. Remove the bolts securing the caliper and lift it off the rotor before securing it safely away from the rotor. With a light tap on the edge the old rotor should now slide freely from the hub.
It was instantly clear these rotors had passed their use-by date when placed bedside the new DBA T3 4000 Series rotor. The uneven braking surface seen on the factory rotor can lead to hot spots and irregular wear even with new brake pads.
As well as a fresh braking surface, the signature tri-symmetrical curve slots offer a quieter, responsive and smoother brake pedal feel while increasing the consistency and effectiveness of every brake stop.
4. While the hub is exposed make sure it is clean from rust and grit to create a fresh mounting surface, and clean the new rotor before installing it onto the freshly cleaned hub.
5. Re-fit the brake caliper over the rotor and mount it to the hub using the correct torque specs for your vehicle application.
6. Install your new brake pads into the caliper and double check to ensure all components are secure, and rotor runout is correct before replacing the wheel onto the car.
Not only do new rotors outperform your old ones on the street and track, they also visually enhance the car overall; providing an aggressive and purposeful look with that epic slotted goodness!
7. Repeat this process for the rear rotors, not forgetting to adjust handbrake tension once the new components are installed.
8. Reinstall all four wheels and check the pedal feel before lowering the vehicle onto the ground and securing the wheel nuts.
Whenever you change brake components it is important to follow the specified bed-in procedure to avoid premature damage or brake failure.
This will allow the brake pads to mate evenly with the rotor surface and provide the best performance from initial bite to firm stops. A correctly bedded rotor and pad should display smooth, even signs of wear across the whole braking surface.
Brakes are a key aspect of any well-rounded street and track car. This EVO can now stop confidently in traffic and aggressively on the track thanks to the DBA T3 4000 series slotted rotors.