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Brake Line Upgrades: Are They Worth It?

Brake line upgrades are essential for someone who really puts the hammer down. Literally. A car’s performance and safety rely on its stopping power. We’ve seen massive brake callipers on performance cars and glowing hot brake discs in videos of cars hooning about a closed circuit. But what goes into a brake line upgrade?

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A car’s braking system consists of many parts. But the most important of which are the brake rotors/discs, the callipers, brake shoes, a master cylinder, and the brake lines. To understand how brake line upgrades work, we have to understand how a car’s braking system works. Brakes are actuated when your right foot touches the left (or middle) pedal in your footwell. When that happens, brake fluid is pumped from a master cylinder through a set of brake lines to pistons in each of the 4 brakes. In disc brakes, the brake callipers contain pistons that will expand and allow the brake shoes to make contact with the brake disc itself. And the more pistons you have, the more stopping power you get.

Drum brakes operate in a rather similar fashion. But instead of clamping down on a disc, they expand outwards to clamp on “drum”. Hence the name.

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Standard brake lines in cars are usually made of rubber, and they do their job as advertised. But some drivers may opt to outfit their car with braded brake lines or braided hoses. These usually consist of a Teflon inner tube that carries the hydraulic fluid, and an external stainless-steel braiding. Over time, standard rubber brake lines may expand and deteriorate over time, which in turn makes the brakes less responsive. Simply put, less response, less braking. Less braking, you’re more liable to get in a fender bender.

However, steel braided brake lines do not expand, which make them more durable in the long run. It also ensures that the braking pressure remains even so you get a better “bite” when you put your foot on the brake pedal. It’s a worthy investment for anyone who favours better performance. Stands to reason then, as brake line upgrades are common among tuners. Or ricers.

If, like me, you’re looking to get yourself a sweet new, there are a few workshops in Singapore that offer brake line upgrades.

The Brake Shop

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The Brake Shop is a one-stop shop that offers brake servicing has a wide array of performance parts catered to brake upgrades. They carry a range of aftermarket brake rotors, brake pads, stainless steel brake lines, and callipers. The Brake Shop also carries brake kits from renowned brands such as Brembo, and AP racing. They even have full kits with carbon-ceramic or stainless steel rotors from Brembo and AP Racing.

The Brake Shop
68 Kaki Bukit Avenue 6, #03-19 The [email protected], Singapore 417896
Tel: 8123 5855, 9119 3354

Fong Kim Exhaust System Pte Ltd

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Fong Kim Exhaust is a specialist in performance upgrades for exhaust systems, suspension setups, air intake systems, and brake kits. They carry performance upgrades from HKS, Remus, and D1 Spec.

Fong Kim Exhaust System Pte Ltd
53 Ubi Avenue 1, #01-01 Paya Ubi Industrial Park, Singapore 408934
Tel: 9845 7540, 6844 4281

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