2006 Chevy TrailBlazer SS - Cool Your Jets

Installing The GM Performance Trailblazer SS Brake Duct Cooling Kit

Isaac Dakovich
May 1, 2007
Photo 2/21   |   2006 Chevy Trailblazer Ss right Side View
Have you heard about the great capabilities of the '06 Chevy Trailblazer SS? If you haven't, then you should know it's one of the sleeper production performance rides of the year. While the TrailBlazer SS is great on the street, there are always possibilities to improve the performance of any vehicle. In this story, you'll learn how to improve the already great braking capabilities of the TrailBlazer SS with a GM Performance Division developed front brake cooling kit (PN 19154753).
If you don't already own a TrailBlazer SS, here's your chance to learn a little about them. And if you do have one, now's the time to begin improving it. For you do-it-yourselfers out there, this easy upgrade can be performed on your truck, whether it's used for racing, towing, or rigorous street use. The use of convoluted tubing-from a dryer, for instance-works wonders. Just add some simple zip ties to secure where it needs to be. Better braking means safer driving.
Photo 21/21   |   2006 Chevy Trailblazer Ss testing Equipment
Stopping Distance Performance TestingTest Description: These results are from a production level brake system test that GM calls the High Energy Brake Fade Test. It involves 10 maximum stops from 60 mph, which are performed in succession. It is a brutal vehicle test that showcases the capability of the entire brake system, testing how it handles the extreme conditions of performance driving without a drastic degradation in performance. In general, the data from the first five stops are not considered in the results analysis, as the main focus of the test parameters and results are the last five stopping distances.Comments: GM Brake System Engineer Jay Laws believes this system makes a dramatic improvement in real-world brake performance. He acknowledges, "This cooling kit will also result in improved rotor longevity and brake-pad wear characteristics-along with improved brake-pedal feel in extreme driving conditions." In general, he believes that you're going to be happy with the results.
TEST RESULTS:
60-0 MPH Cycles Stock (ft) Cooling Kit Equipped (ft) Stopping Dist. Improvement (ft)
1 140.1 143.0 n/a
2 139.8 144.0 n/a
3 140.4 141.7 n/a
4 143.7 143.7 n/a
5 140.7 140.7 n/a
6 146.6 143.7 2.9
7 155.8 145.3 10.5
8 160.1 146.3 13.8
9 {{{164}}}.4 151.9 12.5
10 170.3 158.1 12.2
YOUR QUESTIONS ANSWERED:
Time spent working: 3 hours
Mechanical difficulty: Intermediate
Tools needed: Various ratcheting wrenches, sockets (18mm swivel, 18mm deepwell, 36mm standard, 5mm Allen, 19mm and 13mm), a dead-blow hammer, side cutters, prybar, and an impact wrench. You don't need the impact wrench, but it will definitely make the job less physically demanding. You'll also need a way to lift the vehicle and safely hold it up with the front wheels/tires removed.
Parts Used: front break cooling Kit PN 19154753
Total Cost: $399 MSRP

Sources

GM Performance Division
Gand Blanc, MI 48439
www.gmperformancedivision.com

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