We love six-piston calipers and rotors the diameter of a large pizza as much as anyone, but sometimes you don't have the need (or the cash) for a complete big-brake replacement system. Instead, you can get a big boost in performance and looks from just swapping out a few of the OEM parts for higher-performance aftermarket widgets.

Tim Lee's '98 Z28 stopped well enough, but after repeated hard stops he was experiencing a bit of brake fade, plus the front rotors were fairly warped. Given these issues, we decided to try a few simple upgrades that wouldn't break the bank. For this, we hit up EBC Brakes for some of their wares. They suggested their 3GD Sport rotors. These parts don't come from Asia but from their foundry in either the UK or Italy, with the finish machining being done in either the UK or the USA. In fact, these Sport rotors were slotted at their Los Angeles facility. EBC also offers a wide array of pad compounds suited to your driving habits. And to make life easier, the various compounds are color coded. For full-race, they have orange pads; blue is their intermediate track-day pad, yellow is suited for high-performance street and track-day use, while red is their low-dust ceramic performance street pad. We also replaced the worn and prone-to-bulging rubber brake lines with some Teflon-lined straws from Goodridge.

Lastly, the battered brake parts were freshened up with some high-temp caliper paint sourced from Eastwood. It's a simple brake upgrade that will imbue your Camaro with added stopping prowess and make it look better, as well.

SOURCE
Goodridge
529 Van Ness Ave.
Torrance
CA  90501
310-533-1924
www.goodridge.net
Wilwood
4700 Calle Bolero
Camarillo
CA  93012
805-388-1188
www.wilwood.com
Don Lee Auto
9793 Foothill Blvd.
Cucamonga  91730
909-989-1573
http://www.donleeauto.com/
Eastwood
800-343-9352
www.eastwood.com
EBC Brakes
12621 Encinitas Avenue
Sylmar
CA  91342
702-826-2400
http://www.ebcbrakes.com