SilverbackHD is the premier manufacturer of Ceramic Balanced Formulation™ frictions. Fleets throughout North America have depended on our line of heavy-duty and severe-duty frictions for many years. For applications ranging from school buses and over the road highway freight, all the way up to severe loads like waste hauling and cement mixing, SilverbackHD has a friction to meet virtually all your fleet needs. Our products are a permanent fixture in the school bus transportation industry where we continue to provide safe, reliable and quiet braking. Our experts will help you determine the optimal brake formulation for your medium-duty, heavy-duty and severe-duty vehicles.

Benefits of Ceramic Balanced Formulations

  • Cooler Wheel Ends
    Unlike conventional frictions made with metal additives such as steel wool, brass, nickel or other metal components, SilverbackHD uses ceramic fiber to better dissipate heat and reduce wheel end temperature. Ceramic keeps wheel ends 100 to 200 degrees cooler. The lower wheel temperature means less brake fade, longer life for shoes and drums, plus related components such as wheel seals and tires due to reduced exposure to heat.
  • Better Stopping Distance for Safer Braking
    The effect of less fade, coupled with ingredients that promote greater torque, means that SilverbackHD frictions offer improved stopping distances. Depending on the friction grade, SilverbackHD provides 20% to 30% shorter stopping distance.
  • Longer Brake and Drum Life
    With cooler operating temperatures and less fade, SilverbackHD frictions last longer. Independent FMVSS121 testing shows that SilverbackHD wears only one-fifth of the friction rate of some competitive semi-metallic frictions. Less-abrasive SilverbackHD ceramic friction demonstrate reduced lining loss vs. industry semi-metallic formulations. Drum life is increased by 20% to 50%, depending on friction grade. This means lower cost per mile for your fleet!

Friction Specifications for Every Application

SB20: Ceramic Balanced Formulation for Over-the-Road Haulers

SB23: For Heavy Haulers

SB23HTP: High-Temp Premium for Severe-Duty Hauling