Initial and long-term cost comparisons:

 

UUC
Stage 2

Brembo
GT-1

StopTech
ST-40

Front 13" brake kit initial cost

$1099


$2,995  (+$1496)

$1,995 

(+$896)

replacement slotted rotors (each) - disk only*

$138


$329   (+$191)

$235 

(+$97)

replacement x-drilled floating rotors (each) with hats**

$215


$829   (+$614)

$495 

(+$280)

street pads

$49


$175   (+$126)

$115 

(+$66)

race pads

$115


$300   (+$185)

$195 

(+$80)

  (all pricing based on major-outlet retail prices.)

 


 
* UUC slotted rotor is a complete 1-piece unit.
** UUC floating rotor is genuine BMW Motorsport floating rotor

In addition to purchase price, one should consider ongoing costs of consumable items such as pads and rotors.
These costs can add up very quickly for the typical enthusiast and in some cases can double the expense in 1 year.



 Typical one-season use including complete kit,
one (1) spare set of rotors, two (2) sets of race pads: 



UUC Stage 2

Brembo GT-1

StopTech ST-40

$1,474
w/ 1-pc rotors

$5,353

(+$3649)

$3,375

(+$1771)
$1929
w/ floating rotors

(+$3194)
(+$1316)

Why the big price difference?

Three significant factors:

1) Domestic USA production.  Wilwood caliper components are manufactured in Camarillo, CA.  This eliminates an entire layer of production expense, specifically overseas-factory markup, shipping expenses, exchange rate charges, and import duties.  Likewise, all other components of the kit built by UUC here in the USA are literally "manufacturer-direct" pricing.

2) Volume.  As the largest aftermarket performance and race caliper manufacturer in the world, Wilwood's production volume leads to great efficiency in manufacturing.  Likewise, this leads to great cost savings in the replacement pad and rotor costs.

3)  Original Equipment and Original Equipment-type rotors.  In the Stage 2 and 3 kits, the use of genuine BMW rotors or replacements means that "big brake" rotor sizes are sourced at a much lower cost than specially-made custom rotors.  This pays dividends in the future for normal wear-replacement parts, as the OE sizes are available at any BMW dealer or BMW parts reseller.

Bottom line is that we can build a "World Class" brake kit that meets or exceeds the quality and performance level of other brands at a very reasonable price.  No compromises, just a great value.
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