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Power Stop Brake Kits Review
My “fun” ride is a 2008 GMC Yukon because I like to tow stuff and the Yukon is a great towing machine. Specifically I like towing my 21 foot 4,100 pound Tahoe deck boat to my favorite fishing spot on the Lake of the Ozarks. The Yukon weighs about 7,100 pounds so when I’m towing the boat the combined weight of my little caravan is nearly 6 tons. Every time I crest hills that old rule of physics “an object in motion tends to stay in motion” goes through my mind, and every time that happened I wondered just how sporty the original GMC brakes really were. Call it “hill phobia” but I wanted brakes that I could count on and that search is what led to this Power Stop Brake Kits review.
Don’t get me wrong; before I bought the boat I really had no issue with the original equipment on the Yukon. However, the first time I hooked the boat up and headed for the hills I did notice a drop in braking performance. When I washed the SUV I noticed brake dust on my wheels. That’s when I got motivated to look around when it was time for my next brake job.
How a Fisherman Picks His Brakes
I guess what I’m trying to say is that I’m not a “gearhead.” I know my way around car parts enough to be able to identify them by sight but that’s about it. I didn’t have a network of car freaks to turn to for suggestions so I started searching forums for “high performance brake rotors and pads” and “aftermarket brake kits.”
I had three criteria that I used when searching for a brake kit. It had to be high performance (relied on user comments to determine that), it had to be reasonably priced and it had to be easy to install. During the search one brand kept coming up, Evolution brakes and their Power Stop Brake Kits so I started focusing on those.
Don’t Take My Word for It
I’m biased. Since I installed the Power Stop Brake Kit I can head down a hill towing my boat knowing I have the option to brake for a raccoon rather than turning it into furry road kill. I’m really impressed with the brakes and I’ll tell you why in a minute. But for now, have a look at what others are saying about these brake kits.
Reviewed by Jason W (Country Club Hills, IL) Reviewed for a 2004 GMC Yukon — Jul 20, 2012 1:40 AM
I bought these brakes for my 04′ Denali and they stop this truck like it was a small car no bs. They’re so quiet as well and stop great in wet conditions. The price is nice too I spent about the same as I would at my local auto parts store but those aren’t high performance like these and also don’t look as nice as these behind my rims. Overall I’m very satisfied with them and don’t regret the purchase at all, what I do regret is not buying them years ago..
Reviewed by Frank G (North Las Vegas, NV) Reviewed for a 2009 GMC Yukon — Nov 29, 2012 11:23 PM
Never installed rotors before, only pads. Was blown away how easy to install on Yukon. Can’t say it will be this easy on other cars. Had to purchase break grease and quiet pad lube from local auto store. Please make sure to follow install video found on AutoAnything.com. Made it so much easier. Also make sure to follow break in instructions from video. Dealership wanted $600 to install factory pads and turn rotors. Save around $200 by purchasing this kit and got a better result.
Reviewed by Ron V (Winamac, IN) Reviewed for a 2003 GMC Yukon — Dec 10, 2011 1:28 PM
This product is excellent. Everything went together without any problems and now my brakes are brand new and excellent. No vibrations, even powerful stopping and the look I wanted on my 94′ Vette. This is an excellent value compared to other brands that want 5 times the price.
The kit definitely has a fan base among Yukon owners but the same holds true with almost every make and model imaginable.
Why Power Stop Brake Kits are a Good Choice
Here’s what went through my mind when I decided to buy this brake kit. Remember, I was looking for performance, price and ease of installation:
Increase stopping power by 20%. That’s what the ads all say anyway. Personally I don’t know how you measure stopping power but it appeared from the user reviews that braking performance was increased so I went with that. After I installed the kit I did notice that the brakes were faster to respond and that I could stop in less distance than with the stock GMC brakes. Has my stopping power increased by 20%? I don’t know but I do know it’s better than it was before.
Priced right. I found my kit on sale at AutoAnything.com and they were offering an online coupon for additional savings to boot. There’s no comparison between what I would pay at a dealer and what I wound up paying on AutoAnything.com and even going up against other online parts shops I feel like I got a good deal. Generally speaking these kits will run $200 to $500 depending on your make and model. You get a big brake feel without a big brake price.
No glitch installation. First of all the pads and rotors are crafted to meet the specifications of your particular year, make and model so stuff fits. Installation is straight forward and if I can do it most anyone can. Unlike some aftermarket parts there are no “modifications” required at the time of installation.
The technology. The kit comes with rotors and brake pads. Let’s start with the pads. They are constructed of a long lasting ceramic metallic material and are thermal scorched eliminating the need to “properly seat” the pads after installation. Once they’re in they are good to go. The rotors are slotted and drilled which is as good as it gets when you talk about evacuating gas, brake dust and keeping braking temperatures down. Excessive heat causes fading…something you don’t want to experience with 4,100 lbs of boat pushing you downhill.
Stuff I didn’t expect. The rotors are a piece of art. They are so cool looking behind my wheels. On top of that they are silver zinc coated which resists corrosion. These brakes are quiet. They can bring a 6 ton load to a stop with nary a screech or squeak. I expected a 30 day guarantee and was surprised to find that the kit comes with a 12 month, 36,000 mile warranty.
So that’s about it for my Power Stop Brake Kits review. If you’re ever cruising around in the hills of the Ozarks and you look in your rearview mirror and see a blue 2008 Yukon towing a 21 foot boat, you can rest assured that it will not be introducing its front end to your trunk should you stop suddenly.
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