For instance, our car has 7/8 inch master cylinder for the front and a 1 inch for the rear, and the bias is handled by the size difference in the calipers. Remember, the smaller-diameter master is always to the front to generate more pressure. With our brake balance adjuster in the center, it will actually push 62 percent front brake. The easiest way to avoid a problem is to find out how much brake pressure is at each wheel.

9. Are you running enough cooling to the rotors and pads?
Even if you don't plan on running 250 laps, it's a good idea to have some type of cooling going to the brakes and rotors. This will help preserve them. We run an inline blower that attaches to ductwork which routes to a molded carbon-fiber vent that wraps around the caliper. This carbon-fiber vent actually attaches to the spindle and the front side of the caliper, directing cool air onto the brake pads and rotor. But yours doesn't need to be this elaborate, you can attach an inline blower to the tubing, and then wire tie the tubing so that it blows toward the pads and rotor.

We also run a bead blower on the front wheels because the intense heat from the brakes will heat up the inside edge of the tire and affect our tire pressures.

10. When was the last time you changed your fluid?
Think about this, the fluid in your caliper that's going through heat cycles will never make it back to the master cylinder. This's why it's vital to bleed your brakes on a regular basis, this keeps putting new, fresh fluid in the lines. But if you haven't bled the brakes in a while, you might want to think of replacing the fluid.

Now, don't put just any fluid in the line either. We use D.O.T. 5 brake fluid because of its high boiling point. A good rule of thumb to remember is that the higher the boiling point, the better.

If you do your homework and inspect your brakes on a weekly basis, then you can catch a potential issue long before it becomes a major problem. Remember cars aren't made fast at the racetrack. The team that does the necessary prep work at the shop and spends the most time ensuring that the car it unloads is adequately prepared is the one that has the best opportunity to mash the brake pedal in Victory Lane.

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