Raptor and F150 Brake Upgrade
Why Upgrade My Raptor and F150 Brakes?
Shortcomings Of The FORD Factory Brakes?
While stock SVT Raptor brakes are fine for stock trucks, when used in performance applications with higher than "usual" speeds, the factory brakes aren’t sufficient. When the brakes are used, heat builds up in the system reducing efficiency. This adds premature wear and stopping distance. Stock Raptor brakes are designed for typical drivers and not the upgraded HP, modded, enthusiastic, sporting drivers we see looking for something more out of their truck.
What Makes The Alcon Big Brake / Heavy duty Kits Better?
The Alcon Raptor Heavy Duty brake kit offers better all around performance. Rotors are much higher quality, calipers are stiffer and stronger, and the braking surface is increased. Check out the stats:
Features and Benefit
Ductile Iron Calipers: Provide maximum strength and stiffness with high resistance to fatigue and impacts. 15% reduction in pedal effort
Larger/thicker rotors: Increased brake torque and larger thermal mass. 10% reduction in disc temp rise. Less brake fade
Larger high friction brake pads: Increased stopping power and torque
Epoxy acrylic paint: Maximum corrosion protection and a hot new look
High temperature seals: Increased seal life and dust protection for maximum service intervals.
Is the Raptor kit really a Bolt on Upgrade?
If you have ever changed the tires, brake pads, or rotors on your Raptor then this upgrade will not be difficult for you. If this is your first brake job, then it may take you a little longer to do the install. The best tactic is to change one side at a time, keeping the other side intact as a visual reference. Generally, the install should take only a few hours and basic mechanic tools.
WILL The ALCON KIT FIT YOUR 17" WHEELS?
Use our downloadable templates below to check against your OEM wheels. Our brake kit is designed work under OEM and beadlock wheels. If you've gone to big tires and big suspension, you'll want this kit. Check your fit. This kit was designed to fit under all OEM 17" wheels!
Looking for something a little more custom? We can do custom powdercoating for you out of the box. We work with the most skilled coater in the brake industry and offer hundreds of colors. Special project? Let us know. We ship your kit directly to them where the calipers are disassembled and coated in your choice of colors and styles then shipped to you. This services takes about two weeks. Choose your own color here and simply let us know which you would like. https://www.prismaticpowders.com/shop/powder-coating-colors
Worried about additional weight?
We frequently get questions about the weight of our off-road brake systems compared to stock and aluminum systems. The fact is that this aspect of the brake system is important, but not really a significant factor.
Looking at it two ways:
Power loss due to extra rotating weight is very small compared to the additional rotating mass if you have moved to 37" tires or heavy duty wheels. . The rotors are very near the rotation center of the wheel and will have a negligible impact, especially compared to the tires. A general rule of thumb we use in the racing world is that you lose about 1 HP per 7lbs. That means in order to lose 100HP you would have had to add 700 pounds of weight. Our total shipping weight is 140# including boxes, pads, material, etc.. If that’s even double the factory weight – it means you would have added 70#, losing about 10HP. That’s 2% of a modded Raptor power. The extra benefit of braking better and sooner adds 20% plus to your overall performance so your 0-60-0MPH times is dramatically better.
Where it DOES have a measurable impact is in the amount of energy the shock absorbers have to work with as they go over bumps. However what we found time and time again, and confirmed race engineers from a several pro racing teams (LeMans, Daytona, Grand-Am, etc) is that it is always better to have power, braking, and reliability even at the expense of some extra unsprung/rotating weight, because a good suspension can be tuned to work with that extra weight.
In the "old-days" when brakes and shock dampers were more rudimentary the additional weight was a very significant concern in these areas. …but in todays era of tunable suspension, shock dynos, shaker rigs, etc.. the weight of the discs is not really a factor that needs to be fretted over, it is simply accommodated.
All we do at Alconkits is brakes, all of the time. Browse some of the technical articles on our website and I think you will see its all we think about..
What Other Areas Should I Address When Performing This Install?
This is a great time to flush your brake fluid. It should be a clear, golden color. Brake fluid traps moisture and dirt in the system and should be replaced every two to three years minimum. Have a local shop do it if your not comfortable with the procedure as it may the ABS pump to be cycled a few times to rid itself of any old fluid.
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- If you've done performance upgrades like engine and suspension mods, Upgrading the brakes ensues you can stop or control better.
- Bigger/more efficient brakes can handle heat better thereby reducing brake fade.
- Bigger rotors as well as better rotor design adds for longevity, cost savings, heat capacity and shedding, and better clamping force.
- Alcon Raptor Heavy Duty brakes are a bolt on upgrade. If you can change pads, you can upgrade your brakes.