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1988 Ford Mustang GT Project Hypersilver - Wilwood Brakes Install
If I had a nickel for every time I saw red brake calipers on a Mustang, I'd be able to buy my own nickel-plated brakes from Wilwood.
…for every time I saw red brake calipers on a Mustang, I'd be able to buy my own nickel-plated brakes from Wilwood.
Seriously, as cool as red brake calipers can look on a hot Stang, it's time for a new trend. Even when our brake calipers aren't red from the factory, we either powdercoat or rattle-can them lipstick red. Heck, you can now even buy brake caliper covers in red (along with other colors, too). Caliper covers. Covers. This has gotten ridiculous.
So when we were searching for an alternative to ho-hum red calipers for Hypersilver, we stumbled upon Wilwood's nickel-finish option. Yes, it's a plating like a five-cent piece, so it's silver, shiny, and durable. "It's our most durable finish," said Dustin Burr of Wilwood. Sure, it's a little bit more costly (a few hundred dollars per axle), but will resist heat and corrosion for extended periods of time. Plus, we won't be driving around with red calipers like everyone else.
We opted for Wilwood's 14-inch Superlite Big Brake kit for the front, which is considered Pro Street, and features six-piston calipers. It is a direct bolt-in kit for '94-'04 Mustangs, and will also work on Foxes with upgraded five-lug spindles. We installed this same kit on our Coyote coupe project just a few months ago, so we won't drown you in the details this time around. Check out "Brake It Down" in the July and Aug. '13 issues.
In the rear, we went with Wilwood's 14-inch, four-piston Superlite brakes. This kit comes complete with all required hardware and parking brake assemblies. Ours is made specifically for Ford 9-inch rearends and bolts in without any drama.
For hard lines, we contracted Classic Tube. We made mock-ups and shipped them to Classic Tube. It then made exact copies using stainless steel tubing. Once back in our hands, we installed them. They fit like a glove and were simple to install. And even if you're just replacing your lines with stock versions, Classic Tube has you covered there as well—in either steel or stainless steel.