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Should You Upgrade Classic Motorcycle Drum Brakes to Discs?

While you can theoretically ride a classic motorcycle regularly, it requires living and fiddling with older technology. Instead of fuel injection, for example, you have carburetors. And many motorcycles feature drum brakes rather than discs. However, is that something you can upgrade—and should you? How do drum brakes work on a motorcycle? Today, essentially all …
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Why Do Worn Out Brakes Make a High-Pitched Squeal?

Have you ever noticed your brakes making that dreadful, high-pitched squealing noise and wondered why it was there? For the driver that has a general understanding of car maintenance, you may know that this noise indicates that your brake pads are nearing the end of their useful life. There can actually be several reasons why …
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How do Slotted Rotors Actually Improve Braking Performance?

If you’re a fan of sports cars, or maybe even own one yourself, chances are you recognize that upgraded rotors are important — even if you may not realize why. Having slotted rotors is also an upgrade that you can do to many cars, but if you don’t understand what about these altered rotors gives …
2018 Lamborghini Urus carbon-ceramic brakes
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Is Giving Your Car Carbon-Ceramic Brakes Worth It?

Your brake pads, like your rotors, aren’t just maintenance items. As with your tires, wheels, intake, and exhaust, you can swap them out for upgraded versions. And when it comes to high-performance cars, carbon-ceramic brakes are a common feature. But are these ceramic brakes a modification worth pursuing? What’s different about carbon-ceramic brakes? Although a …
2001 Ford Ka brake disc.
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Your Brakes Might Be Worse for the Environment Than Your Exhaust

Depending on which state you live in, you may have been subjected to the state vehicle inspection process. States like California and New York measure the emissions output from your exhaust, much to the chagrin of those of us who like to modify our cars and truck for performance. While keeping our environment clear by …