How To Install the PowerStop Z36 Truck & Tow Brake Upgrade Kit

The PowerStop Z36 Truck & Tow Brake Upgrade Kit is the ultimate upgrade for trucks that haul extra weight, tow a trailer or boat, have a larger wheel/tire combination, or simply want better stopping power.

Features and Benefits of the PowerStop Z36 Truck & Tow Brake Upgrade Kit

PowerStop’s Z36 Truck & Tow Brake Upgrade Kit gives you dust-free, quiet braking that will help prevent brake fade and brake fluid boil all in one kit for most vehicles. Its carbon-fiber ceramic low-dust formula offers extreme braking performance that is designed for trucks without sacrificing everyday drivability. Premium stainless-steel shims provide better heat dissipation and virtually noise-free braking. Cross-Drilled & Slotted Rotors allow air to flow through the rotor to dissipate the intense heat. They also allow air to flow to the rotor and pad contact area, helping not only to cool the rotor, but also the pad and rotor contact patch.

Things To Consider When Towing

When hauling a heavy load, it’s important to consider the following:

Brake Fade

Brake Fade is when the pedal feels firm but the vehicle will not slow down no matter how much pressure you apply. It occurs when the brakes overheat. Usually, when brakes start heating up, the adherent friction of leftover braking material on the rotors creates a tape-like bond with the brake pad. This helps slow your vehicle down. However, this adherent friction acts more like a lubricant when things get too hot. Brakes can overheat quickly when factoring in all the extra weight of towing/hauling.

Brake Fluid Boil

You’ll notice yourself using the brakes a lot while towing on long, downhill descents. Riding the brakes with all the weight behind you puts a lot of stress on your braking system. All this stress creates heat. Once the brake fluid in your calipers reaches its boiling point, brake fluid boil occurs. In this situation, you’ll notice the brake pedal will feel spongy and possibly go to the floor without the vehicle slowing down.

Load Weight

Trucks alone are some of the heaviest vehicles on the road. When you add the extra weight of your tow load, you’re asking a lot from your brakes to stop. There are different strategies to position the weight correctly on trailers, but you’ll also want to make sure your brakes can handle the job.

Why Tow with the PowerStop Z36 Truck & Tow Brake Upgrade Kit?

The PowerStop Z36 Truck & Tow Brake Upgrade Kit is the perfect solution for preventing some of these problems from ever occurring in the first place. It includes:

  • Drilled & Slotted Rotors keep temperatures down and performance up. They are also Zinc Plated to protect against rust and corrosion.
  • Carbon-Fiber Ceramic Brake Pads give you severe-duty stopping power with everyday drivability. They are low-dust and fade-free to help on those long mountain descents.
  • Stainless Steel Shims to keep the brakes cool, no matter how much weight you’re towing or hauling.
  • A Comprehensive Premium Hardware Kit ensures you have everything you need for a towing performance upgrade.

The Team at Truck U Install the PowerStop Z36 Truck & Tow Brake Upgrade Kit

Matt and Bruno from Truck U know their way around a truck. From maintenance to extreme off-road upgrades, they handle everything in the shop with knowledge, skill, and fun. In the video below, the duo works on a truck that features a rear drum parking brake, which may not be applicable to all applications. 

As shown in the video, the brake kit comes with everything needed for a quick and easy brake kit install with no extra trips to the parts store.

Brake Kit Install for the PowerStop Z36 Truck & Tow Brake Upgrade Kit on a Ford Raptor

In the next video, Matt and Bruno team up with Roush Performance to get the maximum power output of a stock Raptor. With all of that power, stock brake pads and rotors just won’t cut it. That’s why the guys at Truck U put on a PowerStop Z36 Truck & Tow Brake Upgrade Kit. This souped-up Ford Raptor won’t just stop, it will PowerStop!

Have a Question? PowerStop Can Help!

PowerStop is dedicated to delivering top-quality performance brakes for every vehicle on the road. If you have a question about your brake kit install or any of our products, contact us today online or toll-free at (888) 863-4415. Our customer service team is available to answer your questions Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. (CST). Se habla español.


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