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AFS New Brake Upgrade is an Easy Bolt-On for SN-95s
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Even though late-model SN-95 Mustangs have four-wheel disc brakes that are vastly superior to the old Fox chassis disc/drum arrangement, there is still room for improvement in the wheelwells. The SN-95s use relatively small rotors up front, as well as marginal single-piston calipers. The only exceptions are the Cobras, which roll off the River Rouge assembly line with PBR calipers and nice, big 13-inch rotorswhich really put the clamping power to the front wheels.
But starting a step ahead of the game is always a good thing, and thats where any SN-95 owner iswhether he has a GT or a V-6. Thats because all these cars came stock with rear disc brakes and five-lug hubs. For the typical 94-2000 GTthe cars were focusing on herebrake upgrades to Cobra status or better have been around for some time. Whats new here is the price. Coming in at the budget end of the brake upgrade spectrum is this newly available brake package from Autumn Fleet Sales. It uses well-known pieces to provide a real improvement in braking power.
Basically, AFS setup is a complete bolt-on package for any SN-95 Mustang, and nets near Cobra-type bits up front. Included are cross-drilled 13-inch rotors, remanufactured PBR calipers, new pads, and braided lines to attach to the calipers. The main difference is the rebuilt calipers, as theyre the key reason AFS is offering the system for around $500. Exact pricing hadnt been set at press time. For now, lets take a look at how easily these calipers and rotors installed on a 97 Mustang GT.