Review & Install Video
The Wilwood Tactical Xtreme Front Brake setup in black would be an awesome choice for the 2010 and newer truck owners out there looking to step up into a legitimate big brake kit for right around the $2,000 mark. Now, besides offering a sizable upgrade in hardware and stopping power, truck owners are also going to enjoy the visual improvement behind your favorite set of 20-inch wheels or larger, thanks to the 2-piece rotor design in addition to these massive 6-piston calipers in black.
Now, traditionally brake installs would be a walk in the park for most truck owners out there. However, this kit will involve some safety wire work, which can be a slight pain in the you-know-what if you're not familiar. So, therefore I did knock this one up to a soft three outta three wrenches on the difficulty meter, with a little bit more detail to come later on.
So, I like to joke that Wilwood makes up one-third of my holy braking trinity around the site here, your other two members being Brembo, and also Baer. Now, all three companies are gonna produce some killer components when looking to stop your truck a little bit quicker, and all three are certainly gonna look a hell of a lot better behind your factory or aftermarket wheels when compared to the factory braking components you are replacing. And let's be honest here, guys, yes brakes are a functional modification first. However, I'm willing to bet a decent portion of truck owners looking at this kit are interested in them from an aesthetic factor, mainly to look good behind your favorite set of wheels, but of course also providing a serious bump in stopping power, and quite frankly there is nothing wrong with that. But on the other hand if you're looking at the Wilwood Tactical Xtreme Kit for its sole purpose of pulling that big old truck down from speed a little bit more effectively, then hang out with me for a little bit here and lets break these things down a little further.
So, Wilwood developed the Tactical Xtreme TX6R Kit specifically for the truck, SUV, and armored vehicle market, and when designing this kit they did so with extreme durability and sustained high-heat capabilities in mind, as that's typically what you're gonna be concerned with when getting these big, heavy trucks to stop quickly, but more importantly, more consistently. Now, in fact they did specifically engineer this kit to handle duties, stopping duties rather, on trucks weighing up to 14,000 pounds. Now, obviously that's a far cry from your run-of-the-mill F-150, but good to know for the owners who do a lot of towing.
Now the TX6R kit that we have here is gonna feature two big stars, in my opinion. First up you have the huge 15-inch GT60 curved vane rotor, and then next you have the massive 6-piston radial mount calipers. Now, interestingly enough, guys, these GT60 rotors do feature a proprietary iron alloy material that's carried over from the extreme duty military stuff. So if you're thinking to yourself Wilwood just basically re-branded a Mustang kit for the truck market, well you'd be completely out of line because that's certainly not the case here with this particular option.
Now traditionally the two piece rotor is gonna way a lot less than your one piece cast iron rotors, and will also help with heat dissipation as well, preventing that excess heat from transferring to your hubs, and more specifically the wheel bearings. Now this is due largely in part to the center section here, or the brake hat, which is made out of aluminum, and this will be instrumental in preventing that heat transfer to your hub, and at the same time also dropping some rotational mass as well.
And then you have these monsters. Absolutely massive six-piston calipers providing you and your truck with a ton of clamping force in addition to a very stout build. Forged aluminum housing loaded with stainless steel pistons, six per caliper of course, and then finally you got the high temp internal bore seals. Everything, as you can see, has been finished off in a gloss black powder coat. You got the Wilwood lettering on there as well. A very sharp looking caliper. If you wanted something that stands out a little bit more, you can find this exact same kit, but with red calipers instead. And if you really wanna go over the top be sure to check out the matching rears on the site as well. But aside from the big flashy rotors and calipers, Wilwood also tosses in some brand new braided stainless steel lines, and more importantly, their very capable BP-20 brake pad. Now this pad is a little bit more aggressive than their basic street pad, which is known as the BP-10, and has a wider temp range, which is good for the heavier trucks, especially ones that might be doing some occasional towing.
Now it is very important to point out that in order to get these Wilwoods onto your truck in the first place, you're gonna need to run a 20-inch wheel or larger, and that's pretty much par for the course when you're looking to upgrade to a legit big brake kit like this. Now, if you currently run a smaller wheel on your truck and you wanna upgrade your breaks, but you don't wanna get rid of those wheels, your best bet is just to simply add a different stock size rotor, maybe drilled and slotted, along with a more aggressive pad. Otherwise, you're just simply gonna have to upgrade to a bigger wheel to make room for the Wilwood kit, or something comparable.
Switching gears, let's get to the install. And as I pointed out at the very top of this video, I'm going soft three outta three wrenches on the difficulty meter here, not because brakes are hard but because safety wiring the bolts, connecting the brake hats to the actual rotor can be a little tedious and time consuming, especially if you don't do it often. So, with that in mind, figure a few hours from start to finish to get everything in place and bled. But aside from the safety wiring, it's pretty much brakes 1-0-1 here, guys, so just make sure you have a decent socket set on hand, in addition to some open-ended wrenches, a lift, jack and jack stands, and some fresh brake fluid, and an extra set of hands to help you bleed the system when the installation has been completed. Now, Wilwood does offer some very detailed instructions to help you along the way, and make sure to follow the pad bedding process after the install has been completed for the best performance of your new brakes, in addition to the best lifespan.
So, wrapping this one up, if you're looking to add a baller brake setup to your tow rig or daily driver, you'll definitely wanna check out the Wilwood kit, right here at americantrucks.com.