Borg & Beck argue the benefits of fully coated discs
Although coated discs are a relatively recent addition for volume suppliers distributing comprehensive braking programmes to the mainstream aftermarket, there are two very distinct routes to which these suppliers have committed themselves. The first is the partial coating using an oil-based formula; the second, as adopted by the First Line Group, is the complete coverage of the disc, with a water-based coating.
With a phased introduction in the Borg & Beck friction programme beginning last autumn, the First Line Group says its Borg & Beck Becktec coated brake discs offer several clear advantages over the partial coated alternative. The first is that a complete coating provides protection over the entire surface of the disc, including vents, mounting holes and stud holes, which has aesthetic and anti-corrosion benefits.
By contrast, Borg & Beck says a partial coating will always be vulnerable to corrosion at the point where the coating ends and the bare metal is exposed. In addition, the brand claims its Becktec coating improves the thermal properties of the disc, spreading the heat more efficiently across the whole disc and preventing heat build-up.
Being water-based, the Becktec coating does not use a solvent element in its manufacture. Therefore, adds Borg & Beck, it is kinder to the environment and poses far less risk to those involved in its manufacturing process than a solvent-based product. Despite its non-solvent make-up, the coating still solvent resistant and offers protection against petrol, oil, brake fluid, anti-freeze, power steering fluid and alloy wheel cleaner.
From a workshop perspective, Borg & Beck says the discs “transform the fitting process into a hassle-free operation,” as technicians no longer have to inspect the discs for rust particles or surface corrosion, or remove oil residue that would normally be applied to a partially or non-coated disc to preserve its condition during its packaging/storage. Becktec discs’ corrosion resistance makes such protection unnecessary, reducing time spent on cleaning and preparation.
Earlier in the year FLG also introduced double rubber Becktec shimmed brake pads to stand alongside its Becktec coated discs, in an improved and expanded Borg & Beck braking line up. The corporate blue Borg & Beck shims are designed to deliver anti-vibration and noise reduction benefits.
In keeping with FLG’s Borg & Beck braking programme and original equipment supply protocol, Becktec shimmed pads come with all the associated fitting components and wear indicators where standard, saving workshops time and money. Like the production and application of Becktec coated discs, Becktec shimmed pads are also designed to be more environmentally friendly, using a copper free formulation that is less corrosive on the disc. More than 1,300 pads are included in the range, which will be phased in during 2015.
All Borg & Beck braking products come with a two year warranty.