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World Challenge GTS Success

World Challenge GTS Success

we had a LOT of success this weekend in the Hard Brakes Ti backing plates helping control the extreme temps of our factory Nismo calipers... We were...
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Essential for Production Race Cars

Essential for Production Race Cars

I remember the days in the 80s and 90s, when one of the key skills in driving a production race car was keeping from bending your brake pad backers. ...
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Track Wisdom

"The mark of a great racer is consistency. If you can consistently lap a track at the limit, with the lap times varying no more than 1/2 second, then you have a chance to be a winner. If your lap times vary more than that, no matter how fast some of them are, you won't win often."

-- Ross Bentley, Speed Secrets

What should I do with my existing (OEM) shims?

What should you do with the existing (OEM) shims on your brake pads when installing our titanium brake heat shields? There is no single best answer to that, because of the variety of OEM shims out there. Some OEM shims are designed for noise damping while others are for blocking heat from the brake pads. Some are made from rubber like material, others from steel. Some have damping springs, others do not.

A good rule of thumb is that if the existing shim looks like stainless steel then you probably want to try to keep it on in addition to the new titanium brake shim. Although stainless steel is not as good a thermal insulator as our 6Al-4V titanium alloy, every little bit helps. If the existing shim is a softer metal such as welder's steel or aluminum, then go ahead and get rid of it.

If you are having trouble fitting your new titanium shims in with the existing shims, then you should probably go without the existing ones and use titanium only for maximum thermal protection. If you have any questions about the installation please don't hesitate to contact us.