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Old 04-19-2015, 04:52 PM   #1
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Looking for better brakes

What's gonna be some better brakes for the street. Not looking for brembos because I don't wanna change wheels. Just some better pads and rotors. Suggestions please.


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I'm guessing you won't be heating them up too much since you are a straight line guy. So stick with blank rotors (no slots or drilled holes). Its mostly going to be in the pads and power of the piston.

There are other kits you can get while still keeping the same rotor size. What size wheels do you use right now?
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18inch. I literally can't go up any in brake size lol.


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Should be able to use 14" rotors with 18s. What style wheels?
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Yea looking at those probably won't be able to fit any bigger. Just like Bullitt wheels, even 19s wouldn't fit big brakes, just the shape of the wheel.

Better pads will make the biggest difference for you.
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Thanks for your help man. What pad do you recommend.


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I use Hawk HPS pads. Fairly quiet, good braking, and not a lot of dust. Good all around pad, you can get more extreme but they will be a little louder and more dust.

Should have seen my wheels after the track day though lmao

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I use Hawk HPS pads. Fairly quiet, good braking, and not a lot of dust. Good all around pad, you can get more extreme but they will be a little louder and more dust.

Should have seen my wheels after the track day though lmao

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I guarantee they look like they were covered in soot lol


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+1 on HPS.
If you change rotors, make sure to change all 4. I put a slotted rotor in the front, and kept the stock rear rotor. Added the Hawk HPS on all 4 corners. The result was way more stopping in the front = nose dive. Needed the matching rotor in the rear for balance.
The HPS is a good pad for spirited street driving.


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Used HPS on previous cars. Very good pad. Def gets my vote


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Awesome guys thanks for the help. Do yall recommend I swap rotors or do you see the need
For that?


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Not required. If your goal is daily driver, and 1/4 mile, I probably wouldn't. But the slotted rotor combo stops HARD... If it's in your budget.


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Not required. If your goal is daily driver, and 1/4 mile, I probably wouldn't. But the slotted rotor combo stops HARD... If it's in your budget.


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Let's just say I do a lot of high speed driving and have to slow down fast frequent.


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Let's just say I do a lot of high speed driving and have to slow down fast frequent.


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Blank rotors. More contact patch. The slots and drills are for heat displacement, and because of them there is slightly less contact patch.


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So just keep my stock rotors and upgrade to the hawk hps pads eh?


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Not required. If your goal is daily driver, and 1/4 mile, I probably wouldn't. But the slotted rotor combo stops HARD... If it's in your budget.


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I did drilled and slotted when I did new pads. Stops great. Next step is stainless lines and brake cooling ducts


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Some break engineers claim that slots will "scrape" the pad and keep it fresh. All I know - my front slotted rotors stopped way harder than the rear stock rotor,with matching pads. But a good set of slotted, or drilled n slotted, will set you back a buck.

I recommend doing pads now, and when your rotors are warped to hell, replace them with an upgrade.


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I always went slotted when it was time to replace my rotors. Not before needing to be replaced however. Go with a better pad and also better lines. Later if u want to go with slotted rotors go ahead. But I doubt you will see or rather feel any improvement in braking. Slotted looks cool. But actually feeling the improvement... I don't know


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Got drilled on all 4, on one of the cars, does phenomenally. But slotted does have a more appealing appearance, well to me. Which the pads recommended already, are great. But given your car has a lot more power over stock figures, maybe look into some more durable rotors, and possibly drilled or slotted...
And for the love of God don't buy Chinese rotors...


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Got drilled on all 4, on one of the cars, does phenomenally. But slotted does have a more appealing appearance, well to me. Which the pads recommended already, are great. But given your car has a lot more power over stock figures, maybe look into some more durable rotors, and possibly drilled or slotted...
And for the love of God don't buy Chinese rotors...


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Another thing I didn't mention is, maybe look into upgrading to bigger/stronger caliper, which it could stay two pistons. I might be low balling on the stock caliper, I just don't know what it can handle. It's just I'm very cautious when it comes to performance mods. I'd rather have a confident yes, than a maybe, when it comes down to stopping power. That's why my next performance mod is going to be brakes, the power is too much for the current brake system and I'm not willing to risk crashing...
Also converting a high heat/performance brake fluid...

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I think Hawk makes a 2 piston kit. Saw something on AM like that.

And DOT 4 FTW


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I'll have to look into that. I may just have to trade someone wheels


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Do that... I already know that WHEN i get a big brake kit i'll have to change wheels.... I plan on getting a set of track wheels and tires, so when i do swap i can run on those until i can sell my current set and then buy a different set.
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It's unfortunate ford didn't make the California Special, with an optional big brake package. I think that would really have helped you out in this situation. But try what Soccer suggested; I'd be interested in the results, if you decided to go for it...


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Really good suggestions by everyone so far. Can't beat the price to performance ratio of centric blank rotors. If you're still under your bumper to bumper warranty, get your brakes checked out by ford before you make any investment. Chances are you might get a set of new rotors if yours are out of machining limits. Happened with me when I had my 3.7, i was ready to put aftermarket ones on after getting my car back from dealership for regular maintenance.

But yeah there is a thread in 3.7 section on brakes, got lots of good info in it. Basically if you have SS lines, dot 4 fluid, blank/slotted rotors, good pads, brake booster and/or cooling ducts.. You're golden. No need for big brake kit.

Personally I would suggest Hawk HPS 5.0 brake pads (they're for street but will really test your ABS), and EBC ultimax slotted rotors. I scored a set for under 130 bucks (after 20β„… off from auto anything).. Which I believe turned out to be cheaper than a set of new blanks.
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Let's just say I do a lot of high speed driving and have to slow down fast frequent.
That sounds familiar and I know you want to keep your current wheels, but consider the Ford Racing brake kit, part number: M-2300-S. I used this kit on my (street application) β€˜14 GT which was originally non-Brembo and now supercharged. Kit is a nice upgrade without any fitment issues and was standard on the 2007-2012 GT500.

If you wanted to piece together this kit from new/used, here’s the parts list:
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I was looking at these: 2261026 Mustang Baer Front Rotor Upgrade Kit Eradispeed-Plus Two 14" V6/GT 2005-2014 | CJ Pony Parts (works with stock non-Brembo calipers)

I like that they save about 5 lbs per wheel of unsprung weight and don't break the bank.

I kind of wish they were drilled though. I think that its going to actually bite too hard unless I change rear wheels to drilled too.

Or if you're not on a budget... http://www.steeda.com/ford-racing-mu...161-m-2300-sa/ This is the better 2-piece SVT 14" kit for $2k which also saves about 5lbs per front wheels.
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Really good suggestions by everyone so far. Can't beat the price to performance ratio of centric blank rotors. If you're still under your bumper to bumper warranty, get your brakes checked out by ford before you make any investment. Chances are you might get a set of new rotors if yours are out of machining limits. Happened with me when I had my 3.7, i was ready to put aftermarket ones on after getting my car back from dealership for regular maintenance.

But yeah there is a thread in 3.7 section on brakes, got lots of good info in it. Basically if you have SS lines, dot 4 fluid, blank/slotted rotors, good pads, brake booster and/or cooling ducts.. You're golden. No need for big brake kit.

Personally I would suggest Hawk HPS 5.0 brake pads (they're for street but will really test your ABS), and EBC ultimax slotted rotors. I scored a set for under 130 bucks (after 20β„… off from auto anything).. Which I believe turned out to be cheaper than a set of new blanks.

Yeah I voided that warranty a log time ago. Lol


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Loll having supercharged doesn't void the warranty on your brakes.. I guess lol. As per ford "an aftermarket part will void the warranty on anything it touches/attaches to on your car"

Might as well give it a try if you're cool with your dealership haha
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Loll having supercharged doesn't void the warranty on your brakes.. I guess lol. As per ford "an aftermarket part will void the warranty on anything it touches/attaches to on your car"

Might as well give it a try if you're cool with your dealership haha

I honestly didn't think brakes had a warranty? There's nothing wrong with my brakes now, I just need moar stopping power!


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That could be considered wrong, that's a serious issue...


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