In recent years, WSBK has allowed teams to use brake cooling to combat braking issues that arise under intense conditions. Where temperatures are high and riding conditions demand for heavy braking, teams have designed carbon fiber fenders that direct air to their braking systems to prevent early brake fade.
The high temperatures that braking systems undergo when in heavy braking can cause overheating which causes the brakes to experience “brake fade.” Under normal everyday riding conditions, brake cooling ducts will not make a big enough impact to feel their benefit, but for those who push their bikes to the limits, the brake cooling ducts give added security and confidence in the performance of the bike. However, even for those who are not pushing their brakes to the limits, these cooling ducts offer the benefit of pushing the dust off the caliper pistons, helping with prolonging the caliper rebuild time by keeping caliper pistons cleaner.
Alpha Racing is a leading manufacturer in the space, and have made their WSBK Carbon Fiber Brake Cooling Ducts available for purchase. With this, you’ll be running true WSBK parts on your build. A part with reliable and proven R&D behind it. This is why it is the one we have chosen to install on one of our S1000RR’s.
Another option that we recommend is the Fullsix Carbon Fiber Brake Cooling Ducts which will offer very comparable performance.
Now, on to the install. Although not exact, the process will be very similar on the Fullsix part.
If you take a look at the Alpha Racing Brake Cooling Duct, you’ll notice that there are 2 bolt mount points and a clip at the bottom. One of the bolt mounts goes behind the front fender bracket, and the other bolt mount is placed under the top bolt of the brake caliper.
Start with removing the 2 bolts we mentioned above. The first being the one holding the front fender. The second is the top brake caliper bolt. In our case, we opted to change the original bolts for the ProTi bolts.
With the new ProTi being titanium and the calipers being aluminum, it is critical to use some anti-seize to prevent any issues removing the bolts in the future. If you are using the original bolts, you can skip this step.
With the anti-seize applied, just place the Alpha Racing brake cooling duct in place, and bolt everything down. Repeat on the other side and you are good to go!