Ford F150 Brake InstallationAt Stylin’ Trucks, we believe in safety first. Ok, maybe safety runs a close third to speed and then sound - or looks. So safety really runs back in fourth place, but fourth is still plenty important when it comes to custom truck building. Seriously though, safety is, and should always be, the number one priority. And the safety of your braking system is right at the top of the list.
If you’re into larger diameter wheel and tire combinations, then you probably already know about the drawbacks. See, larger wheels have much more mass to them than your factory wheels. They’re big and shiny, but they’re also much, much heavier and it’s a lot harder to stop them from spinning. Your factory braking system just wasn’t designed to deal with this type of stress.
People who have installed a basic 20-inch wheel onto their truck will notice braking performance that is severely diminished. A typical truck may require 50% additional braking distance. So if your 60mph-0mph braking distance is 100-feet with stock tires and wheels, you may need upwards of 150-feet to stop with 20-inch wheels.
This is where aftermarket braking systems come into play. They offer stronger, fade-resistant rotors, and tougher, larger calipers to put the bite back into your brakes. You’ll see braking distances decrease, a more firm pedal feel, and less brake dust and grime on your wheels. And in most cases, you’ll see increased life out of your pads and rotors.
The brakes look killer on Stylin' Trucks' 2006 sweepstakes truck.