At Baer we pride ourselves on building world class brake systems for a wide variety of applications and uses. Like most companies we have a large array of products and one of the most common questions we get is “what is right for me?” Here is a brief overview of what we do, and why we do it!!
If you are in the market for a brake upgrade, here are some of the key components that Baer puts into all our systems!
1)The brake system by design is a large heatsink. The better, and more accurately it can dissipate heat, the better the brake will perform! All Baer calipers are machined out of extruded or forged aluminum and are 100% manufactured in house (not partially machined, or just finished) USA built right here in Phoenix AZ!
2)All of Baer’s systems feature directionally vaned (curved vane) rotors. A curved vane has a couple of key benefits. By design the curved vane is longer which adds more stability and mass to the rotor. Most important a curved vane rotor (when rotating) acts like a centrifugal pump. When rotating the vane structure will pull air in the center (eye) of the rotor and pump it out the outer edges.
3)To further the topic of heat dissipation Baer uses Stainless steel pistons. Stainless (though slightly heavier than aluminum), help to act as a barrier and are much better at reducing the thermal transfer of heat into the brake fluid. Baer uses very deep pistons; this is done for a number of reasons.
In Multiple piston calipers 4 or 6, where long pads are used, Baer always stagers the piston sizes. This helps alleviate pad tape issues due to equalizing pressure along the base of the pad.
4)High grade, quality hardware is used through out (Grade 8 or better) and all of our 2 piece rotor hats use captured nuts (we never screw directly into aluminum). These fine thread stainless (U286) NAS fasteners are the same pieces used to bolt formula one cars and airplanes together!
5)All of the calipers manufactured by Baer feature stainless steel abutment and anti-rattle (spring tension) clips. These provide protection (a wear surface) for the caliper so over time the pad backing plate does not damage the caliper body. The spring tension clips keep pressure on the pad so any pad movement is limited and does not create noise.
6)All of Baer’s calipers feature banjo fittings; pipe thread fittings are never used. This is a much cleaner and correct way to connect a hose to a brake caliper. Banjo fittings were originally designed for high pressure applications and are common on OE cars for brake, fuel and oil fittings.
7)Rear systems feature a Banksia park brake assembly. Commonly referred to as drum in hat (as this is easier to understand), though the banksia is a much more refined system compared to the old drum brake design. Banksia park brake assemblies are what many of the OE’s use today, and are commonly found on late model C5 and C6 Corvettes. Backing plates are machined in house using 6061 T-6 aluminum (these are applications specific). Notice how there is one large shoe (that also acts as a spring), a very simple design!
The SS4+ front system is our smallest brake offering. This features a 4 piston aluminum caliper mounted to an 11” 2 piece rotor. On all our brake system a plus (+) after the system name lets you know that the rotor is a 2pc configuration.
The two piece rotor (as pictured above) features an aluminum center hat (anodized black) this is bolted to the rotor. This offers a nice visual impact (if the wheels you have are open), and typically a 2-3 lb weight savings per rotor due to the aluminum hat. The SS4+ is a perfect upgrade for someone looking to “modernize” their old muscle car but still keep that 15” wheel (or the option to put a 15” wheel back on the car). Due to the fact the SS4+ is built like all our larger brake systems this would work great for a weekend cruiser, daily driver or something that sees track time.
Rear to go with the SS4+ – For fixed bearing rears (Ford 9”) we can offer an SS4+. This will be the exact same look as the front, but with a properly matched rear pistons so hydraulically the system is correct. The SS4+ (due to the small hat section) does not have a park brake.
If park brake is a must you can look at our SS4 rear, this is the same looking caliper, but mounted on a 12” 1piece rotor with a drum in hat park brake.
The Track4 features a larger 4 piston caliper than the SS4+ mounted to a 13” 1pc rotor.
This system is typically designed for a 17” or large wheel (always be sure to verify all fitment with templates). The Track4 is our best bang for the buck system, and offers BIG performance and a great price point. This is perfect for customers that are looking for a big brake to fit behind a larger wheel, but are not necessarily concerned with the 2pc option or completely matching front and rear calipers. The Track4 is an excellent all around brake and works great on daily drivers as well as on autocross cars. The Track4 caliper was designed to take the same pad as the 98-02 Camaro, so pad replacements are easy to get!
Rear to go with the Track4 – The SS4 rear was designed to go with the Track4 front. The SS4 features a smaller 4 piston caliper mounted to a 12” 1 piece rotor with a drum in hat park brake.
The Pro+ is Baer’s best selling brake system and features a 6 piston caliper mounted to a 13” or 14” 2 piece rotor. This is the first system we offer that will allow you to have the exact same looking brake front and rear! (Note: Baer is the only company to offer this!). Don't be told by competitors that a 6 piston rear is too much brake. Due to the fact that Baer builds all its own calipers we can spec the rear piston sizes to function properly, but also allow the use of a standard 2 port firewall mounted master (see picture below). We also stagger the rear piston size (like the front) to correctly minimize pad taper issues.
Notice in the picture above that both are 6P Pro+ calipers, but the caliper body on the top has smaller piston bore. Also notice that even our rear calipers use staggered piston sizing. The Pro+ is a popular system among the Pro+ Touring crowd. This system can be used on Street driven cars as well as the most demanding autocross/track cars. The Pro+ was designed around the C5/C6 Corvette pad, so pad replacements are easy and can be purchased virtually anywhere!
Rear to go with the Pro+ Front – As mentioned above the Pro+ is the first brake offering where you can get a completely matching front and rear. This means the brakes will look identical! If the Pro+ rear is more than you are looking for you can also look at our SS4+ (13”) rear. This features the smaller SS4 caliper on a 2 piece 13” rotor with a drum in hat park brake.
This is Baer’s Flagship model, and our top of the line brake offering. The Extreme+ features a 2618 Forged monoblock caliper (this means the caliper is machined out of one solid piece of aluminum) and is mounted to 14” or 15” 2 piece rotors.
The Extreme+ employs current state of the art race technology usually only found in very expensive race calipers, that Baer now brings to the road going/street market. The 6S line represents Baer's most aggressive road offering and is suitable for virtually any level of track use. If you are looking for the best of the best, and want to put our biggest offering on your car this is it!
To date we believe Baer is the only company that offers 2618 Forged monoblock calipers in system form to the road going (street driven) aftermarket.
Rear to go with the Extreme + front – Customers with an Extreme+ front can purchase completely matching Extreme+ rears. If the Extreme+ rear is out of the budget look to a Pro+ or even the SS4+ rears. These are cost effective, cosmetically matching rear options as well!
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