Generally speaking, every car on the road could use a brake system upgrade.
This isn’t to say that OEM brake systems are bad (far from it, in fact – many of them are quite good), so much as to say you can never have brakes that are too good. If you can reduce your stopping distance, why wouldn’t you?
Still, if that’s not a good enough reason to upgrade, here are some questions you should consider:
Are your stock brakes overheating? You’ll know because you’ll smell them gassing – it’s a unique smell that you can’t miss. If you’ve driven in the mountain regions behind a big truck (or even a Semi for that matter), I am 100% positive that you can identify that smell. If you’re smelling hot brakes with any sort of regularity, you’re a good candidate for an upgrade.
Are your stock brakes wearing rapidly? A good set of OEM front brake pads should last a year or two on a performance car, and perhaps as many as 5 years on a ‘regular’ car. If you’re trashing through brake pads every couple months – and replacing rotors every other time you buy pads – you’re a good candidate for an upgrade.
Are you racing? If you’re taking your vehicle out on a track, autocross events, or even towing the racecar with the big YEE YEE truck, you’re a good candidate for a brake upgrade.
Have you increased your engine power more than 20%? If you’ve made any significant improvements to engine power, you should think seriously about investing in a brake upgrade.
If the answer to all of these questions is no, you can probably stop right here. A brake upgrade isn’t for you.
But if you’ve answered yes to even one question, it’s time to talk about brake upgrades.