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Brembo Brakes For The SN-95
The Easiest Big-Brake Upgrade Youll Ever Find
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Big brakes are one of those upgrades that seem to be on everyones wish list. We cant tell you how many letters we get from readers showing us pictures of their cars with descriptions of all the mods theyve done. After that always comes the list of stuff they want to install in the near future, and it almost always includes big, nasty brakes. Theres a good reason for that. Stock Mustang brakes (with the exception of the Cobra) suck. Theyre fine for one or two stops, but take a few laps of an autocross or road course, or get hot and heavy on a long, winding, canyon road, and those stock brakes will fade faster than Milli Vanillis career.
Brake fade, if youve never experienced it, happens when the brake fluid overheats, and is characterized by a loss in brake effectiveness and a horribly spongy pedalit kinda feels like theres air in the system. If you keep working the brakes, eventually theyll fail altogether, and theyll only come back after theyve had plenty of time to cool down. Fade is caused by heat, and brakes get really hot, especially after continuous use like that found in road racing or canyon burning. That heat makes the brake fluid boil, which screws everything up and makes the pedal go to the floor. Thats why road-race cars usually have some form of ducting from the front end to the brakes to get some cool air to them. Another way to shed heat is by using parts that radiate the heat more effectively. This is the reason behind thick, ventilated rotors and bigger calipers. The more surface area there is, the more heat can be radiated away from the brakes.
Stock Mustang brakes (again, with the exception of the Cobra) not only fade quickly, they dont stop the car as effectively as the aftermarket kits for a number of reasons. For one, the 12-inch rotors of a stock GT cant compare to the leverage effect of a 13- or 14-inch rotor typically used in aftermarket kits. Second, the stock calipers are a single-piston design, compared to aftermarket two- or four-piston calipers. More pistons mean more clamping force, which stops the car more effectively. Think of a disc brake like this: Imagine spinning a bicycle wheel, then stopping it with your thumb and index finger. The wheel is the rotor and your fingers are the brake pads. Now use the thumb and index finger on both hands. Youve just created a four-piston caliper, which makes it easier to stop the wheel. A side benefit of four-piston calipers is that theyre not as affected by heat (and therefore more resistant to fade) as a single-piston design.
Thats why a good aftermarket brake system (Baer, Brembo, SVO/Cobra, Stainless Steel Brakes, and so on) not only stops the car quicker, but also doesnt fade nearly as quickly. But these kits cost money, usually well over $1,000 for each end of the car. Steeda and Brembo have come up with a more affordable upgrade that allows you to put Brembo brakes on your SN-95 Mustang. Installation is the easiest of any brake kit weve ever seen, and it comes with top-quality parts that will haul your pony down like youve thrown the Titanics anchor out the window.