Power Stop: How to Brake Like a Genius

Powerstop BrakesPower Stop has “only” been around since 1997, so before we lose you to thoughts of how that falls in relation to your high school graduation, know that 14 years is a long time, just not for aftermarket auto parts companies.

But like that snooty kid in high school who was always taking the AP classes and graduated at 16, Power Stop makes up for their youth with brains.  When you take a look at their products and the scientific data they’ve published in great detail, you realize how committed they are to building the best stuff you can put behind your wheels.  Their pursuit of improvement is extensive, even obsessive, and they’ve empirically tested their every product to be an improvement over OEM pads and rotors…which happens to be their chief philosophy.

See, K&N doesn’t make air filters or intakes unless they’ll improve the horsepower of the cars onto which they’re bolted.  Similarly, Power Stop refuses to make a product unless it’s at least as good as the OEM counterpart, and most of the time, they’re improvements. 

This feeds into their motto: “Building customers for life.”  They’re not a company to pull a fast one.  They do, after all, offer competitive warranties on all of their products.  And many of their brake pads are “thermal-scorched,” a term which might be translated, “perfect for fast break-in.”  It’s a process that practically eliminates pad glazing, that all too common problem with new pads.  Power Stop pads are also armored against noise with rubber backed shims.  According to Power Stop, they produce one sixth the noise of the steel shims on the parts store brands. 

All this tech has helped Power Stop tremendously, despite their youth.  Their Z16 Evolution ceramic brake pads are the fastest growing line in North America.  There’s also Posi Mold, designed to replace semi-metallic OEM pads.  Z36 Truck and Tow pads are–you guessed it–for heavy duty stopping power, designed specifically for large trucks vans, and SUVs. 

And then there’s the Z26.  This may be why you’re here.  It’s a set for the performance street machine.  Power Stop had large calipers in mind when they designed the Z26–large calipers and heat.  The metallic/ceramic hybrid of which they’re molded can resist heat-induced brake fade up to 1,500 degrees.  This may make Z26s seem like track pads, but they resist the temptation to get your wheels all dusty, and they’re quiet enough for the street.

But pads are only half the equation.  Power Stop also makes rotors.  And you can tell they mean business, because every disc they forge is either drilled, slotted, or both.  Drilled rotors stay cooler longer, and slotted rotors help sweep dust and dirt away from the contact area for more stopping power.

Yeah, they may be the new kids on the block, but the folks down at Power Stop have enough brains to make up for it.  Follow their white coats and check out Power Stop’s stuff today.

2 Replies to “Power Stop: How to Brake Like a Genius”

  1. Uh yeah.  Right now, my experience indicates Powerstop are the noisiest brakes in the universe.  I just replaced the OEM parts on my 99 Sierra 1500 today and wow…are the Powerstop brakes worse than stock.  Stopping power? Sure, got it.  Quiet?  Not at all.  Noisy, grindy, growly.  I’m going to try and run them in tomorrow, then see how the noise is.  Right now, all indications are that it won’t improve.  

  2. Nope, didn’t improve.  Stop great…probably a 25% increase to stock.  I have Brembo on my SRT8 so I know what stopping on a dime is like.  These brakes are well between stock and a full Brembo setup, leaning toward the latter.  

    But the noise is redonkulous.  Rotors rubbing up against something and constant “shuck shuck shuck” noise at low MPH.  

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