Too much go and not enough whoa is a formula for disaster. High performance brakes are a plus for any Mustang, but they’re especially important for anyone who participates in open track events. Besides the overall safety factor, having superior brakes allows you to enter corners deeper. In everyday traffic the ability to stop quickly and maintain control can make the difference between being in an accident and just having a near miss.
Premium brakes are great for any Mustang, but when you upgrade your suspension it’s even more important to have brakes equal to your new handling prowess. The faster you can go around corners the easier it is to get in too deep. That’s when you need a first class brake system to regain control quickly and safely.
There are a great number of brake system upgrades available for all year Mustangs. There are kits to convert front drum brakes to discs; kits to convert rear drums to discs; and kits to install larger disc brakes on cars already equipped with discs. Some of these upgrade kits allow you to change from a 4-lug pattern to a 5-lug one. Other kits allow you to improve your brakes while retaining the original 4-lug pattern. That means you can get better brakes without buying new wheels.
Many brake components can be purchased ala cart, but the best deals are the conversion kits. These kits have been thoroughly engineered for each application and they come with all the correct hardware. Kits that include a master cylinder match it to the rest of the brake system.
Swapping rear drum brakes for modern rear discs can add as much as 30% more braking force. That’s a huge improvement. As with suspension upgrades brakes kits, components and brake pads are geared to different performance levels. Match the components to your driving. Don’t run competition brake pads on a street car and vice versa. Do a little research, make the swaps and your Mustang will stop as well as it goes and handles. XM
You can convert a 1987-1993 V-8 Mustang from rear drum brakes to four wheel discs and change from 4-lug to 5-lug at the same time using this A112-2 conversion kit from Stainless Steel Brakes Corp. The kit includes new axles, front rotor assemblies and a master cylinder. The rotors are 11-inches in diameter.
Mustangs with rear drum brakes get significantly better braking force by installing a rear disc kit. This A111-2 kit from SSBC fits Ford 8-inch and 9-inch small bearing rearends. The single piston caliper is cast iron and has a built-in parking brake. The rotor is 10.5-inches with a 5x4.5 bolt pattern.
This is the A111-2 rear drum to disc conversion, as it looks mounted on the rearend.
If you’re happy with the wheels and tires on your ’87-’92 4-lug 4x4.25 bolt pattern Mustang, you can upgrade to rear discs and keep your existing rolling stock using a SSBC A112-1 rear drum to disc conversion kit. This kit will work on both 4-cylinder and 8-cylinder cars. The kit comes with all the necessary hardware and a new master cylinder.
Early Mustangs have lots of room for front brake improvement in addition to installing rear discs. If you own a non-power front drum first generation Mustang this SSBC A120DE front drum to disc conversion kit is what you need. It bolts to V-8 drum brake spindles, but won’t work with a power brake booster. The kit includes a modern dual reservoir master cylinder.
As great as the brakes are on new Mustangs, there’s always room for improvement. An easy upgrade for 2005-06 Mustangs is to swap the O.E.M. 11.8-inch rear rotors for SSBC 13-inch Turbo slotted rotors and Force 10 Sport R1 single piston aluminum calipers using their A112-13 conversion kit. You can also upgrade the front brakes with their Force 10 Tri-Power 3-piston aluminum calipers and 13-inch Turbo rotors.
Non-Cobra ’99-’04 Mustangs can upgrade their rotors and brake pads with a SSBC Front and Rear Short Stop kit (#A2360011). The stock calipers are retained, but the new Turbo slotted rotors and high performance brake pads make this simple swap very worthwhile.
Brake calipers and rotors have become a fashion statement as well as a performance upgrade. Today’s large diameter wheels and low-profile tires leave much of the brakes exposed. A neat way to improve braking performance and look sharp is with SSBC powder coated Force 10 calipers. Available colors include yellow, blue, red, black, orange, silver and polished finish. The calipers come with performance brake pads.
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