Many vehicles come from the factory with one or two piston cast iron floating calipers. These are fine for people movers that shuttle from home to work, school, stores and back, but not really suited to performance driving or hauling down a heavily laden truck or tow rig. Our performance calipers have a number of advantages over original equipment calipers that can improve the braking and overall performance of your car or truck.

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Most performance calipers are made of lightweight aluminum, which runs much cooler than cast iron, prolonging brake fluid and brake component life. Aluminum is also much lighter than cast iron, which lowers unsprung weight, lessening the work that your suspension has to do and improving handling. Lightweight aluminum calipers can help to offset the addition of larger wheels and tires, which tend to be heavier than the components they’re replacing.

While floating calipers are adequate for some applications, for a significant increase in stopping power we offer fixed, multi-piston calipers. We have two-piece fixed calipers that bolt together and monobloc calipers that are CNC machined from solid aluminum billet. These calipers come with up to 8 pistons, four per side. Fixed calipers are much stiffer than their floating counterparts, so there is no hydraulic pressure wasted on flex and distortion. The pistons in fixed calipers apply even pressure to both sides of the rotor, for better clamping power, and they are often sequentially sized to prevent tapered pad wear.

We have individual calipers as well as complete kits that include brake pads with application specific friction material. Some kits even come with braided stainless steel brake lines, which will prevent the hose expansion and mushy brake pedal that can occur with ordinary rubber hoses, especially when the brake fluid gets hot. We offer direct replacement calipers that come ready to bolt on, as well as calipers for custom installations that will work with a wide range of rotor widths and diameters. No matter which calipers you choose you’ll get superior stopping power, but their appeal goes beyond performance.

With the prevalence of large diameter custom wheels, performance brake calipers have also become a styling statement. Superior function and appearance go hand in hand with our calipers, so along with performance you get a shape peering from behind your custom wheels that’s much more attractive than ugly, rusty OE calipers. Our manufacturers know that style is important, and some make their calipers available in a wide range of custom colors. And besides the pleasing silhouette, most calipers are emblazoned with the manufacturer’s logo, so everyone will know you only roll with the best.

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This was a replacement caliper that was well made and fit my car. Since I was in the process of restoring my 1972 Fiat 128 to an original condition,l this served my needs. I was able to use it to rebuild the original calipers. One of them was properly labeled for my Fiat, while the second one was generic. They are quality calipers.
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