Tag Archives: Corvette Brakes

  • New Year Resolutions for your Corvette

    This year, make some resolutions that you can enjoy - and actually stick to!

    Resolve to make 2018 the best year yet for your Corvette. That might be as simple as an interior makeover or as complex as a performance upgrade. No matter the resolution, Zip has the Corvette Parts you need to reach those goals!

    It's amazing how a new carpet set can breathe new life into your Corvette's interior. Other simple upgrades such as adding a touch of stainless under the hood or a new set of sill protectors go a long way in getting your Corvette in top shape. And don't forget a new Green Air Filter to keep your Corvette healthy from the inside out.

    Setting more lofty goals? Consider performance enhancers such as new Corvette shocks or Wilwood brakes. Give your Corvette more growl this year with a new Borla Exhaust System or a new Pertronix Flame Thrower Ignition Coil.

    The possibilities are endless - and they don't require you to give up any of your favorite foods!

    So what's stopping you? Resolve today to make 2018 a memorable one with your Corvette!

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  • An Extra Measure of Protection for your C6

    As a proud Corvette owner, you enjoy the sight of other cars in your rearview...but NOT so close that they pose the threat of rear ending you! Give distracted or zoned-out drivers an extra measure of notice when they are following behind you by adding our C6 Corvette Brake Light Flasher to the fifth brake light on your Corvette. This flasher module connects to your center mount brake light (fifth brake light) and automatically pulses it when you apply brakes. Continue reading → ... Continue reading

  • New Wilwood 6-Piston Brake Calipers for your 65-82 Corvette

    Brand new to Zip's warehouse: Wilwood's D8-6 Corvette Brake Caliper Kits that are a direct bolt-on replacement for the 1965-1982 Corvettes OE brake caliper. Forged billet aluminum bodies, stainless steel pistons and high-temperature seals put an end to the rust, bore pitting and seal failures that plague the factory Corvette caliper design. D8-6 calipers provide both high performance and low maintenance, huge weight reduction, high temperature reliability for the street or your favorite track event and the added benefit of six piston pad clamping power. Wilwood's D8-6 calipers mount in the stock location over stock rotors, use the original style D8 brake pads, and fit snugly inside mos ... Continue reading

  • 1-Click Brake Kits for your 1997-2013 Corvette

    Power Stop C5 & C6 Corvette 1-Click Brake Kits include a complete set of cross-drilled and slotted rotors and high performance ceramic pads. We make it simple by matching the pads and rotors for a big brake feel without the big price. The Power Stop brake kit offers more pad bite than other leading brands without noise and dust. Power Stop's Drilled and Slotted Rotors give you the advantages of both drilled holes for cooling and slots to sweep away gas and dust. The result is a brake rotor that looks good and performs better than your Corvette's factory brake system. Power Stop rotors use only the finest blanks and feature G3000 grade castings. All drilled and slotted rotors are silver z ... Continue reading

  • Custom Colors for 1956-2013 Corvette Brake Hoses

    Zip's stainless steel Corvette Brake Hoses are now available in custom colors - perfect for your street rod or Vette rod. Available for 1956-2013 Corvettes, stainless braided hoses don't expand under pressure, giving you a firmer feeling pedal and a quicker brake response.

    New colored hose sets comply with USA Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards and are proudly made in the USA. Includes "U" clip and copper washers for installation. Sold in car set.

    Check out these features of our Corvette braided stainless brake hoses:

    • Race Proven & Street Legal
    • Harder/Firmer Brake Pedal
    • Heat Resistant
    • Direct Bolt-On Installation
    • Shorter Stopping Distances
    • Made in the USA

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  • Kick your C7 factory brake system up a notch with these brake pads.

    Zip Corvette recommends C7 Carbotech Brake Pads for 2014 Corvette owners who want the greatest performance from their Corvette's factory engineered brake system.

    Carbotech Engineering C7 Corvette high-performance brake pads are built using a proprietary 3-stage chemical bonding and riveting process. All of the company’s track–proven friction compounds work in a wide range of temperatures, offer low wear and are rotor friendly.

    Zip carries a wide selection of  C7 Carbotech options, allowing you to fine tune your Corvette's braking needs based on your specific application and use:

    The Carbotech™ 1521™ C7 Corvette Brake Pads are the high performance street compound. The 1521™ compound is known for its release and modulation, along with unmatched rotor friendliness. 1521™ is also a very low dusting and low noise compound with an excellent initial bite. This compound's excellent linear torque production provides incredible braking force without ABS intervention. Carbotech™ 1521™ operating range starts out at ambient and goes up to 800°F (426°C+). 1521™ is suitable for ALL street driven Corvettes. Carbotech™ 1521™ is NOT recommended for any track use.

    The Carbotech™ AX6™ C7 Corvette Brake Pads are specifically engineered for Autocross applications. A high torque brake compound delivering reliable and consistent performance over a very wide operating temperature range of 50°F to 1100°F + (10°C to 593°C+). The advanced compound matrix provides an excellent initial bite, high coefficient of friction at lower temperatures along with very progressive brake modulation and release characteristics. AX6™ offers high fade resistance, rotor friendliness at all temperatures and excellent cold stopping power. As a result, AX6™ is an excellent choice for Autocross and has gained tremendous popularity with SCCA Prosolo/Solo2 competitors for its outstanding all around performance. Many drivers use the AX6™ for street driving as well, even though Carbotech™ doesn't recommend street driving with AX6™ due to possible elevated levels of dust and noise. AX6™ is NOT recommended as race compounds in most applications.

    When Carbotech™ unleashed the XP10™ to the general public it was an instant success. XP10™ immediately gathered multiple regional, divisional, and national championships. The Carbotech XP10™ C7 Corvette Brake Pads have a very strong initial bite friction material with a coefficient of friction and rotor friendliness unmatched in the industry. Fade resistance is in excess of 1650°F (898°C). Due to the high level of friction and bite, this material is recommended for cars weighing around 2,900lbs or less. XP10™ still maintains the highly praised release, excellent modulation and rotor friendliness that have made all Carbotech™ compounds so successful. Carbotech™ XP10™ is NOT recommended as a daily-driven street pad due to possible elevated levels of dust and noise.

    The latest iteration of the highly successful XP™ series of compounds, XP20™ is a step up from the XP16™ compound. With an extremely aggressive initial bite, the most linear torque curve to date and excellent fade resistance, the Carbotech XP20™ C7 Corvette Brake Pads lead the XP™ series line of compounds from Carbotech™. XP20™ has a temperature range of 275°F to 2000°F+ (135°C to 1093°C+). Carbotech™ XP20™ maintains our tradition of having the outstanding release and modulation that has made all other Carbotech™ compounds so successful. The XP20™, as with other Carbotech™ compounds, is very rotor friendly. Carbotech™ XP20™ is NOT recommended for use as a daily driven street pad due to possible elevated levels of dust and noise.

    The Carbotech XP8 is a high torque brake compound with a wide operating temperature range of 200°F-1350°F+ (93°C to 732°C+). Carbotech™ XP8™ C7 Corvette Brake Pads are the first of the racing compounds. Good initial bite at race temperatures, high coefficient of friction, excellent modulation and release characteristics. Extremely high fade resistance and very rotor friendly. Excellent as a front brake pad for lighter applications, weighing around 2,400lbs or less. Perfect for track day use with any tire and can still be driven safely to and from the track. Carbotech™ does NOT recommended XP8™ as a daily driven street pad due to elevated levels of dust and noise.

    Whatever your driving needs, get the best from your C7 Corvette with brake pads from Carbotech.

     

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  • Grab Judging Points with Correct Reproduction Master Cylinders from Zip

    Zip is your most complete source for 1959-1982 Corvette brake master cylinders and boosters. No longer will you need to spend countless hours searching swap meets for original master cylinders and then spend more time and money having them restored in order to meet judging criteria.

    Zip has made the process easy. Your 100% correct reproduction master cylinder and dated brake boosters are just a phone call or click away.

    Brand new into the Zip warehouse this week are several 1959-1966 STD and PWR Correct Master Cylinders. Correct in every way, including the GM part numbers and Delco markings, these cylinders also include the firewall boots and original style reservoir caps. GM licensed, they are a direct replacement and worthy of any quality Corvette restoration. These new Corvette Parts join the existing stellar line up of 1967-1982 Correct Reproduction Master Cylinders available at Zip.

    Our 1964-1967 Corvette Power Brake Boosters  are just what you need if your factory power brakes are acting more like standard brakes. Also a 100% correct reproduction, each power brake booster includes the correct part number stamped on tab, correct mounting to firewall studs, correct brake pedal clevis, correct brackets and rivets, correct master cylinder mount studs and correct reproduction plastic vacuum fitting. Julian dating service is available on certain boosters for Corvette enthusiasts looking for reproduction brake boosters including the date code.

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  • How to Install Stainless Steel Brake Lines on your 1984-2004 Corvette

    There's no question that when modifying a C4 or C5 Corvette, the most overlooked system on the vehicle is the braking system. It’s possible the availability of components is partly to blame for this oversight. After all, for every 50 companies that offer horsepower upgrades, there are probably only 10 that offer proven brake system performance.

    Zip excels in packaging C4 Corvette Brake Systems and C5 Corvette Brake Systems. We offer more than just high-end competition brake systems because we understand that not everyone wants to - or needs to - replace their entire system. Sometimes, you simply want to improve the factory system. Zip offers many affordable up-grades ranging from brake pads to a line pressure bias spring to stainless steel brake lines.

    To refer to them as brake lines is a bit of a misnomer; they’re really high-tech hoses due to their construction. At the center is a flexible Teflon hose that seals in the brake fluid, just like OE brake hoses. The benefit is found in the outer shell. The Teflon hose is encased by a stainless steel braided shell. This is what gives the hose its strength and durability and is why they’re referred to as lines and not hoses. This strength and durability is precisely why stainless steel lines have been preferred over rubber hoses on race cars. However, just because Corvette Parts are on a race car doesn’t mean they should be on a street car. But it also doesn't mean that they shouldn't.

    Simply put, stainless steel brake lines are superior to the original equipment rubber brake hoses. Over time, rubber hoses dry out and crack. This leads to leaks and an eventual rupture. Granted, a bad hose is usually discovered long before it bursts and under normal driving conditions, it takes considerable time for a hose to reach failure. So if the most aggressive driving you do with your Corvette is in a car show parade, your factory hoses are fine. Just have them inspected when you get your pads changed out at 60 or 80,000 miles.

    But for those of you who are used to changing brake pads at 5 to 10,000 miles (or less), get rid of those rubber hoses and install a set of stainless steel lines.

    Whether you’re aggressive on the street or auto-crossing on the weekend,  you’ll enjoy the benefits of the stainless lines. Most notable is a firmer and more consistent brake pedal. This comes from the strength of the stainless steel shell. With rubber, every time you stab the brake pedal the hose balloons slightly under the extreme internal hydraulic pressure. You will feel this ballooning as a soft brake pedal. Now add to that the high temperatures generated during heavy braking and the result is braking inconsistency. As the temperature goes up, so does the flexibility of rubber and therefore more ballooning. Compound this with thousands of cycles and that's why rubber hoses eventually fail when subjected to constant aggressive braking.

    In addition to a firmer, more consistent brake pedal, you’ll also realize a higher brake pedal. Simply put, less pedal travel is required to generate the desired brake pressure. When the rubber hose expands, the internal area of the brake system is increased. That is why extra pedal travel is required to bring the system up to a given pressure. All these benefits usually parlay themselves into more confidence in your brakes, resulting in quicker times at the auto-cross.

    Follow along with our technical article "1984-2004 Corvette Stainless Steel Brake Hose Installation"  as we install stainless brake lines on a new C5 Corvette. However, the steps shown in the article apply to C4 Corvettes as well. There is no significant difference between the brake hoses and connections on C4 and C5 Corvettes.

    For more great technical articles covering all Corvette generations, visit corvettemagazine.com, your online source for Corvette know-how!