Huw Evans
January 1, 2009
With the wheel removed, you can see the Bullitt's stock front braking system-dual-piston 43mm floating calipers and a vented 12.4-inch rotor. In addition, the Bullitt features slightly more aggressive front brake pads, designed to better resist heat than on GTs, providing slightly improved clamping force. Equipped with these, a Mustang can stop just shy of 120 feet from 60 mph.

Tech | Rotor Upgrade
For the last two decades, when it comes to upgrades on our late-model Mustangs, the byword has been more power and acceleration. From bolting on a throttle body to installing a complete turbo kit, the goal has been better performance. But let's be honest. How many of us have thought about making the darned car stop as well as it goes? If we're being honest with ourselves, not a great deal. Granted, things have come a long way since the '60s, when four-wheel drum brakes were the norm, but having a decent set of anchors will give tremendous peace of mind-especially when you have to stop suddenly, which on today's streets seems to be a regular occurrence. The S197 Mustang is without a doubt one of the best bang-for-the-buck performance cars ever built. It's a great all-arounder and is blessed with some of the strongest brakes ever seen on a ponycar. But as good as they are, once you start adding more power to the engine, it becomes more difficult for the brakes to do their job effectively. If you have invested the time and effort installing a supercharger, then it's worth having a look at the brakes. The best part with these new Mustangs is that simple, effective anchor upgrades are available and they needn't cost your life savings. Another great aspect is you can do the job in a single afternoon.

This '08 Bullitt has been fortified with a Vortech V1 supercharger and Power Cooler. A few days and an SCT tune later, the car peaked at 505 hp and 460 lb-ft of torque. However, with the newfound power came the responsibility of giving the Bullitt a bit of extra help in the whoa department. The solution was to invest in a set of rotors. Keep in mind that the car is primarily street-driven and that the owner wanted to retain the factory wheels, which meant something that would work within the wheels and retain the stock calipers. Enter Baer's Decelarotors. This is the company's direct-replacement rotors, which are available for a wide range of vehicles, including '05-'09 Mustangs. For our install on the Bullitt, we got our hands on Baer's 13-inch front and 12-inch rear units. The Decelarotors come as a pair, front or rear, so make sure you order both sets if doing all four corners. They retail for approximately $210 per set.

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