Season 2: Episode 9
Ford Mustang Complete Brake Upgrade Installation

Ford Mustang Complete Brake Upgrade Installation

Chris Duke from Motorz TV shows you how to install a STILLEN performance brake upgrade kit consisting of cross-drilled and slotted sport rotors and high performance brake pads on a 2008 Ford Mustang GT.

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Episode Synopsis

If your brakes are starting to squeak, it’s probably time to change your brake pads. But why take them to a shop and spend all that money on labor when you can do it yourself this weekend? And, while you’re at it, why not upgrade your rotors as well? All it takes is a set of jack stands, a floor jack, a few beers and a couple of hours.

As you can see from this episode, the process is fairly simple. Just jack up your car, remove a wheel, then the caliper bracket. If all you need to do is replace your pads, then you’re more-or-less set. The only tricky part to replacing your pads is generally the pistons in the brake calipers are auto adjusting, so they are going to be too tight for your new thicker brake pads. In order to open them up a bit, you’ll need a couple of tools. For the S197 Ford Mustang GT (2005-2009) you’ll need to grab a brake pad spreader for the front calipers and a brake piston tool for the rear which are both available at your local auto parts store for a few dollars.

The rotors are real easy to replace–just remove the old ones and put the new ones on. If there’s a metal retainer clip (as was the case on our Mustang), just cut it off–you don’t need to keep that around as it’s just used at the factory on the assembly line. The full step-by-step can be seen in this episode #26.

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59 Responses to “Ford Mustang Complete Brake Upgrade Installation”

  1. NoxNoctisUmbra Says:

    Great install. So will you get the new STANG 5.0 ? I wonder what will you do to that ;)

  2. FixFalcon Says:

    What is this "new stang 5.0" you speak of?

  3. ReggyRay289 Says:

    Not to criticize but I am curious, do you need to retorque the caliper bolts? and do you need to replace the retainer clips on the rotors? Awesome work! BIG BRAKES next time!

  4. motorztv Says:

    The caliper bolts just need to be re-torqued to the manufacturer's specs. The retainer clips are only used on the assembly line to keep the rotors in place, and are not needed. They're destroyed when you take them off, so we just tossed 'em.

  5. powerbook1 Says:

    Apart from the good content I love the way the show is presented and video quality.

  6. MeanStang08 Says:

    cool video Chris! Definately want to get some Stillen Rotors now, they look nice!!! questions: do you put the rotor retainer clips back on ? and how does that front brake pad spreader work ? and why didn't you paint those calipers when you had them off!  lol =D

  7. motorztv Says:

    Thanks MeanStang08! Those retainer clips are only used on the assembly line and are not necessary to put back on. Turns out we didn't use the brake pad spreader for the front… they just slid right back on! We didn't paint anything as the owner didn't want them painted until he gets some big rotors on there :)

  8. TheOutlawVideoSS Says:

    Hay That Cool I Like Them… You can Sell anything to meanStang08 He Loves That Car LOL it is Nice … I turned him on to you tube and now he don't talk to me.. O'Well I have so Many Events to get to… MUD bog 13th next week Tractor Pulls 5 Chevy Motors on them That's going to be nice to… Thanks Chris for the video Buddy….

  9. salemcripple Says:

    Just an FYI, you're not suppose to force old fluid back into the reservoir on ABS equipped cars. The "crud" thats in there can jamb up the valve. It most likely wont, but better safe than sorry. What i was tought to to do is to open the bleeder valve, and force it out through there. Of course then you have to bleed your brakes, but as a tech, i do that during a brake service anyway. But other than that great video!

  10. coolguy23448 Says:

    wow you make some great videos!!!!!!

  11. wcoast951 Says:

    great post thanks, any tips for me saving up for a brake upgrade for my dodge avenger 97 just got some 20s put on and the stopping is bad, and the chrome gets dirty fast.

  12. bigblockmustang Says:

    Rolled by.. I usually wash off the new rotors with brake clean. Comment on the screwing in the rear caliper: Make sure the slots in the piston align with the brake pad. It is possible to miss align and the pad will still install. Miss alignment will make that pad drag and over heating will occure. <- Tip from a guy that did it. Les

  13. 11duran689 Says:

    i have a question if someone can plz answer me…. DOES IT MATTER WHICH WAY THE ROTORS ARE INSTALLED? IF SO WILL IT PERFORM ANY DIFFRENT?

  14. motorztv Says:

    Yes, it does. It makes a difference of how well it cam move air and cool them, especially if they are slotted and drilled.

  15. 1nstadeath Says:

    i have a question, when I replaced the brakes at my house, they always dragged horribly after. I took out the pad retainers and now they dont drag at all, but the pad has a few millimeters of moving space, is that normal? If not, what should I do to fix it, cause if I use the retainer again, the brakes will drag.

  16. SBTVcom Says:

    Weight lifting with Rotors on Motors… love it.

  17. coonsrussell Says:

    You should of been more descriptive on the installation part of the break pads. The pins on the break pads need to be explained how they fit in the break caliber.

  18. dyeballer92 Says:

    This is way better then fucking expertvillage!

  19. ugcsred2011 Says:

    thanx so much for uploading this vid i am trying to save money these days by doing some things myself

  20. WERKED66 Says:

    i got a question about the brake pad clips do you need to replace them or you can install new pads without changing them?

  21. lazyinvt Says:

    Good show…I enjoyed watching it!

  22. BRIAN67SHELBY Says:

    I also changed to double drilled and slotted rotors. One other consideration is to not over do it when you are setting your rear brakes with the self adjusting caliper. When you are screwing the piston back in when it stops don't force it otherwise you can possibly strip the very fine threads inside the caliper.

  23. firebird222 Says:

    Do U think i could put those on my bird even though i have drum brakes in the rear???

  24. Dohenyn Says:

    you should have shown the compression of the pistons and instalation of the pads

  25. motorztv Says:

    Dohenyn, agreed! The pads just slide right back in, and there was no compression needed for the front calipers. I agree, both steps should have been shown.firebird222, probably not! You can contact http://www.stillen.com — I'm sure they have something for you that will work.

  26. 893635 Says:

    I guess Ford uses nice Brazilian rotors. The ones you pulled off are in so much better shape than the nasty lookin' things on my 944.

  27. Flowdady Says:

    I need to send this video to my little brother who has never done brakes before.

  28. SubaruFan Says:

    great video. It's amazing how the rotor is hardly held on by anything.

  29. 114269 Says:

    Cool! You do this all without any elektrik tool!

  30. MyZ28 Says:

    I alwayz enjoy watching these shows, Cool Garage! From the back ground, it looks like you do this show out of your home garage. Keep the videos coming.

  31. MANAA_MEHDI Says:

    COOOL… I LIKE IT

  32. rha_81 Says:

    nice Video

  33. Azistor Says:

    Great video, thank alot for sharing it to us!

  34. SoniC1989 Says:

    Good video as usual =)

  35. ZEDER79 Says:

    Nice vid!! Thanks

  36. GHOSTMAN8990 Says:

    looks very simple to me keep coming with the vids

  37. mond Says:

    great vdeo

  38. RAZER83 Says:

    I hate you guys, you make everthing look so easy lol. I like how you have your real logo in the side strips, looks clean.

  39. BigAl80021 Says:

    Great video as always. Thanks.

  40. TBDOPEY22 Says:

    Awesome information

  41. mig360m Says:

    the stock brake rotor made in Brazil????

  42. xtl85 Says:

    Cool video. I didn't know the new Mustangs came with dual piston calipers in the front, pretty nice. No need to upgrade unless you're going all out. You did however forget to mention that if your car isn't brand new turning in the rear caliper pistons will be the worst experience of your life! lol

  43. boy638 Says:

    i really appreciate the hardwork of you guys from Motorz who are painstakingly re-uploading ALL the unintentionally deleted videos!

  44. boy638 Says:

    i really appreciate the hardwork of you guys from Motorz who are painstakingly re-uploading ALL the unintentionally deleted videos!

  45. 13FravelJ Says:

    thats what there doing? I thought they were new. I did think some of them looked the same.

  46. 13FravelJ Says:

    thats what there doing? I thought they were new. I did think some of them looked the same.

  47. motorztv Says:

    NOTE: All our previous videos were accidentally deleted, so we had to re-upload them all. Sorry for the inconvenience. We hope you continue to subscribe, LIKE and Favorite our videos! Visit our website (motorz.tv) for more!

  48. Gatorsrok Says:

    shouldnt you have cleaned the brake rotor with brake cleaner before putting it on. Isnt thier a rust preventive coating on their for shipping? great videos btw

  49. Gatorsrok Says:

    shouldnt you have cleaned the brake rotor with brake cleaner before putting it on. Isnt thier a rust preventive coating on their for shipping? great videos btw

  50. Free Ford Repair Manuals / Roger Says:

    I usually powdercoat anything to do with brakes to keep the rust at bay. No point doing anything to the rotor due to the constant contact.

  51. TheGavinch Says:

    Do you have ti put the clip back on the rotor?

  52. TheGavinch Says:

    Do you have ti put the clip back on the rotor?

  53. OSKARIUKS Says:

    why wouldnt you put that caliper thningy on the rear break bolt

  54. oskaras nauseda Says:

    why wouldnt you put that caliper thningy on the rear break bolt

  55. Mark Bolden Says:

    Great video! I just replaced the brakes & rotors on my 09 Mustang! As for the Caliper tool on the real brake that people mentioned, I got one from Autozone for a 60.00 deposit and after I returned it the next day I got my deposit back. Made things go exponentially faster. Thanks for the vid!

  56. ltwargssf Says:

    I wish my car was that clean :( , good job

  57. ltwargssf Says:

    I wish my car was that clean :( , good job

  58. Julio Gonzalez Says:

    Damn you made it look easy

  59. dewey315 Says:

    Skipped the entire compressing of the rear brake cylinder

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