Tech Tips

Raptor Brake Upgrade

upgrading ford Raptor brakes

 

Why Upgrade My raptors Brakes?

  • 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, andbetter clamping force.
  • Alcon Raptor Heavy Duty brakes are a bolt on upgrade.  If you can change pads, you can upgrade your brakes.

 

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Shortcomings Of The FORD RAPTOR 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  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 temperatureseals

 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.

 

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.  Here are some brake bleeding tips for bleeding your Raptor brake kit.