Technical & Tips

What is the proper way to bedding in new pads?
Once the vehicle's brake system has been tested and is determined safe to operate, follow these steps for the bedding of new pads
A pad is best optimized by bedding in the same conditions and temperatures that the pad is designed to operate in. Our Formulated pads are designed for Extreme use, such as towing, heavy loads on and off road use. It is best to bed the pads in as you were driving normally and they do not need high temperatures to properly bed-in. Regular driving will allow the pads to bed in normally and be best optimized for when called upon.
Post-Pad Bedding Inspection

After the bedding cycle, the rotors should exhibit a uniformly burnished finish across the entire contact face. Any surface irregularities that appear as smearing or splotching on the rotor faces can be an indication that the brakes were brought up to temperature too quickly during the bedding cycle. If the smear doesn’t blend away after the next run-in cycle, or if chatter under braking results, sanding or resurfacing the rotors will be required to restore a uniform surface for pad contact.
Rotor Direction (3D Rotors)
All Rugged Brake Systems Rotors are designed with our 3 Dimensional slotting. The slotting is tapered in a direction that allows dirt to exit at the outside of the rotor. The leading edge of the slots should be facing forward and the direction of the arrow (found in the center of the rotor) to be facing in the forward direction.
Caliper Mounting
Most Rugged Brake Systems Extreme performance calipers are one directional because of the differential piston bore design (one end of the caliper having larger pistons than the other); the caliper must be mounted in a specific position relative to the rotor rotation. The caliper should be mounted so that the smaller piston end is closest to the rotor entrance, and the larger piston end toward the rotor exit. The larger piston end provides slightly greater clamping force to compensate for pad taper that can occur under extended severe use applications. An improperly mounted caliper (reverse rotation) will cause increased pad taper and reduce overall braking efficiency.
Caliper Bleed Screw Pointing Up!
When bleeding the brakes, make sure the bleed screws on the calipers are pointing straight up so there is no possibility of air bubbles getting trapped. If the calipers are mounted on an angle, we advise you to unbolt one ear from the bracket. Pivot the caliper so it points straight up and place a spacer between the pads to prevent the pistons from coming out of the housing.
Mod Plates
ALL Extreme Kits require a modification plate to fitted relevant to the registered vehicles state or territory. Please check with your local authorities for these guidelines, or have your Extreme kit fitted by an RBS Approved Dealer.


Frequently Asked Questions

Do you offer Rear Drum Conversions?
In short, no... this is because more than 70% of the braking is biased to the front, and this is where the upgrade should be applied. The rear brake shoe's clamping-surface-area on the Ford Ranger is also far larger than any rear disc brake conversion can offer and are perfectly adequate for holding the high 6 tonne GCM on hills with just handbrake on. However when proper stopping power is needed the fronts are quickly over-worked... this is where you need the Rugged Brake Systems, EXTREME kit
Will this kit meet ADR requirements?
Yes! All our kits are ADR approved, however please check with your local State or Territory on Mod plating your vehicle, or speak to one of our Authorised Dealers.
Earlier Model Vehicles?
We don't specifically make Extreme Kits for pre 2005 vehicles, however we can offer the Monsta Custom option. You must contact us with your vehicle specs, whether it be an older GU patrol or a full custom off-road beast! We'll look at what we can put together to get your vehicle stopping like it should.
No Dust boots on extreme kits?
All our Extreme and Monsta Caliper utilise internal secondary dust seals. These are simply are better way of protecting the pistons from scoring as there is no external seal to get melted, burnt, torn or ripped off in extreme use. All pistons and calipers are Hard Anodized to prevent scoring to the caliper body or the piston.
What pads are used?
Rugged Brakes don't specifically manufacturer ANY brake pads, however we work with some of Australia's and International Suppliers to bring you the best set up as a kit after collecting Industry knowledge and test information, to make sure everything is simple and in ONE kit! All Extreme Kits have Australian Made pads and exceed Local and International standards such as R90 - type - approvals. All Blackline kits exceed the same standards and are in quick supply.
Hydroboosters?
We Repair Hydrobooster units for Mitsubishi and Toyota Models, Please contact us for more info.
Replacement Parts
We offer all Replacement Parts for the Extreme Kits, Pistons, seals, bobbins, hardware and more! All to keep you humming along safely!

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