2011 - on Ford F550 & F450 Armored/Super Duty Big Brake Kit
- Manufacturer: Alcon
In technical terms Alcon’s new F550 kit features a custom designed 6x47.6 mm piston zinc-finished iron caliper and larger discs on front (393x36 mm) and rear (400x36 mm) axles. Performance benefits include: up to 10% reduction in disc temperature rise; up to 20% reduction in front and rear brake pad work rates; up to 4% increase in available brake torque, and up to 4% reduction in pedal effort.
The F550 kit is compatible with the stock OEM actuation so is designed to be simple to fit, but they have also been fully militarized with the inclusion of high-temperature seal material, wiper seals on every piston for dirt exclusion, pad push-back springs for optimum off-road wear resistance, acid zinc finish for maximum corrosion protection, and inboard bleed screws to increase tamper-proofing. The F550 kit is designed to enable the vehicle to be operated at up to 11,000 kg GVW. (24000 lbs)
Notable defense-focused work for Alcon includes a brake package for the Land Rover Defender WMIK (Weapons Mount Installation Kit), which underwent an upgrade that would see GVW increase from around 3.5-4.7 tonnes. The WMIK upgrade, which leveraged Alcon’s extensive off-road rallycross expertise, was followed by a BAE Systems contract to upgrade the brakes on British Army Combat Vehicle Reconnaissance (Tracked) (CRV-Ts) for Afghanistan, and a contract from Supacat to upgrade the brakes on its Jackal vehicles, which were increasing in weight due to the addition of armour.
Alcons package offers a 10mm increase in rotor diameter while still maintaining the ability to fit under OEM wheels. The system offers an increased thermal mass of almost 25% and a 20% reduction (and hence 20% improvement in performance ) over the stock system on the pad work rate.
To put this in real numbers –
For every 10MPH in vehicle speed – the truck will stop 1.2seconds faster. This is about 1 full truck length. So a 50MPH stop will be 5 truck lengths shorter. On the second hard stop the OEM brakes will be heat saturated. Their stopping distance will go up measurable while Alcon remains the same. One the second or third hard stop at a 50MPH cruising speed the Alcon brakes will stop fully 5-8 seconds and 100+ feet sooner than the OEM system.
Our newly launched kits offer the defense and security sector off the shelf solutions that are fully compliant with the challenging requirements demanded by such specialist users. In doing so, our motorsport experience allows us to offer the very best performance and our automotive production experience allows us to deliver value for money to our customers
Other notable features:
- Longer pad life due to lower work rates translates into substantially reduced total cost of ownership over the lifetime of the vehicle.
- Constant refinement of pad material from Alcon’s NGO and military experience.
- Faster (less expensive) maintenance due to optimized pad swap mechanisms and solid caliper design.
our Illinois location to ensure you always have sufficient quantity of spare parts inventory locally. We cover the inbound logistics and carrying costs for you, while ensuring sufficient inventory for your program in a 100% US based owned and operated company and distribution center. We also offer militarized brake systems for the Ford Raptor, Toyota Land Cruiser, most Mercedes and other armored consumer platforms, and the Jeep Wrangler. We have significant experience in this market working with armorers in the Philippines, South America, US, and UAE.
Alcon Components Ltd, the Midlands, UK based acclaimed motorsport brake and clutch company, have launched brake upgrade kits for defence and security armoured variants of Ford’s F550 and Chevrolet’s Suburban HD. Offered to the global defence and security market, these kits allow OEM’s and vehicle modification companies to overcome the challenges faced when adding significant extra weight to the platform when up-armouring for military, security, VIP and head of state applications.
The newly launched brake kits both feature custom designed six piston iron calipers and larger discs on both front and rear axles. The performance benefits on offer to the customer include: up to 10% reduction in disc temperature rise; up to 25% reduction in front and rear brake pad work rates; up to 7% increase in available brake torque and up to 7% reduction in pedal effort. The kits are compatible with the stock OEM actuation so are easy to fit but they have also been fully “militarised” with the inclusion of: high-temperature seal material; wiper seals on every piston for dirt exclusion; pad push-back springs for optimum off-road wear resistance; acid zinc finish for maximum corrosion protection and inboard bleed screws to increase tamper-proofing. Fully tested, the kits allow the customer to run the modified Ford F550 at up to 11,000 kg and the Suburban at 6,500kg (Gross Vehicle Mass).
In addition to these new F550 and Suburban HD kits, Alcon already offer similar kits for Ford’s F150, Raptor and Ranger platforms and GM’s GMTK2 based platforms such as the Tahoe and Escalade. If a kit is not available “off the shelf” then Alcon are able to offer a bespoke brake kit design service that can deliver a similar offering for any platform of the customer’s choice.
Firmly established in the defence sector, Alcon braking solutions have already been sought out by some of the world’s finest Special Forces vehicle manufacturers. Amongst other key defence players, Supacat, the designers of the Jackal vehicle, BAe, Ricardo and Jankel have turned to Alcon to obtain bespoke, tailored braking systems that fully meet the demanding requirements of the challenging, high-performance, modern-day battlefield.
Jonathan Edwards, Sales Director at Alcon said: “defence, security and VIP vehicles rarely become less heavy once modified and our braking solutions solve the immediate problems that OEM’s and vehicle modification companies experience during the modification process”. He added: “our newly launched kits offer the defence and security sector off the shelf solutions that are fully compliant with the challenging requirements demanded by such specialist users. In doing so, our motorsport experience allows us to offer the very best performance and our automotive production experience allows us to deliver value for money to our customers”.