What types of brake upgrades are there for Audi?
There are several types of brake upgrades available, depending on your application, driving style and what you intend to use them for (for instance, street and track use have very different characteristics).
What will upgraded pads and rotors do for my Audi?
You can enhance the stopping power of your car without completely changing the design of your brakes by improving the brake pad material (ceramic versus semi metallic, full metallic...etc), which increases the grip that the brake pads have on the surface of the rotor, thereby shortening your stopping distance. In addition to changing the pads for better-than-stock ones, you can enhance the cooling characteristics of the brake rotor by installing rotors made of a different material or installing cross-drilled, slotted or vented brake rotors. The enhanced cooling capabilities help the brake dissipate heat more quickly, which helps prevent "brake fade" under extreme braking conditions for a longer period of time. These are a great way to improve your stopping power on a tighter budget.
What do stainless steel braided brake lines do, and why would my Audi need them?
Often, automotive brake lines are produced in rubber. Rubber, even at its firmest, is still subject to expansion. Under the extreme hydraulic pressures seen by your brake system, the hoses can expand and thereby diminish your stopping power. These are especially useful when paired with upgraded OE-type components and even more effective when used with a Big Brake Kit. Stainless Steel Braided Brake Lines are a "support" upgrade that help you get the most out of your brakes.
What is a Big Brake Kit?
The Big Brake Kit, or "BBK" in enthusiast speak (not to be confused with the brand), is the ultimate upgrade to improve your stopping power. If you want to stop as quickly as possible no matter when or where, this is for you. A Big Brake Kit, as its name implies, typically replaces the OEM brake rotors and brake calipers completely with a larger, more efficient high performance brake rotor and a stronger, high performance brake caliper, often with 4-or-more pistons per caliper. The Big Brake kit creates more surface area that's usable for braking. With more pad and more rotor surface available, more grip is achieved when trying to stop, and superior materials and cooling properties mean that brake fade will be prevented for a long period of time. Big Brake Kits are available in several "classes" of performance, ranging from kits designed for street use that can stop well in any condition to racing-only varieties that perform at their best when they're at the extreme temperatures of racing. Our experienced Modification Experts can help you select the best possible upgrade for your application and intended use.
Why does the type of brake fluid I use matter?
The type of fluid you use - and how old that fluid is - has a significant impact in your stopping power. Old brake fluid can trap water, which can boil under braking and create dangerous brake fade conditions and dirty fluid can clog hydraulic fluid passages. Always use a brake fluid that's rated for use with your vehicle. Upgraded brake fluid can also change the temperature at which the fluid boils, allowing for higher performance braking. If you're upgrading your brakes, replacing your brake fluid with a high performance brake fluid (such as those offered by MOTUL) are a great option for your Audi.
modbargainsoffers the finest names in stopping power, including Brembo, StopTechand AP Racing. Our experienced experts can help you determine what level of brake upgrade best suits your needs, whether you're a daily driver that sees occasional track day use or a full-tilt race car, we'll help you make the best decision.