TBM brakes entered the auto market in 1993 as ‘The Brake Man, Inc.,’ specializing in brake pads, fluid, and residual pressure valves. Since then, they’ve become a vestige of performance and quality stopping power. TBM’s director of operations, Jason Smith, told us about some of the new products they were highlighting at SEMA this year.
The first thing Jason showed us was their new spindle-mount kit. He said that it includes their patented F1 caliper and a 10 1/4-inch, two-piece rotor. The complete kit weighs in at 10 pounds, for both the left and righthand sides.
Jason then told us about their new hub-mount drag setup, utilizing the same 10 1/4-inch sized rotor and F1 caliper. The kit weighs slightly more, and is designed for drag cars and vehicles with half-hubs.
The last thing Jason spotlighted for us was their new Jeep JK front and rear brake upgrade kits. The front kit uses a rotor one-inch larger in diameter than the stock rotor, as well as a four-piston racing caliper — the same caliper on all of TBM’s Monster Jam racing trucks. According to Jason, the kit offers a 20 percent increase in braking from the factory setup.
For the rear kit, a larger rotor and the same four-piston caliper (with slightly smaller pistons) are also used — producing a 35 percent increase in braking power from stock. Both kits also eliminate the need to replace the master cylinder and OEM parking brake to accommodate an aftermarket brake setup.
Jason mentioned that TBM’s brake kits are unique to other kits in the market because the only thing required to remove the wheel is the unbolting of the caliper. For other kits, however, pulling the wheel off requires disassembly of the caliper. He also told us that their kits work so well because of the convoluted rotor design — which helps dissipate heat and prevent warpage — and because of the V-groove along the diameter “for when it does start to heat up making it collapse on itself rather than outward.”
TBM hits a variety of markets, ranging from monster trucks to go-karts, to road racing vehicles. Jason tells us that their focus for 2016 will be hitting the drag racing market with more superb braking technology.