MustangSteve Brake Install
I purchased MustangSteve's GT2008 brake bracket kit in preparation for installing 2014 Mustang V6 rotors and calipers. I bought the calipers and their brackets from the local Pick-A-Part for $125. I wanted these brakes for several reasons. First, they are almost exactly the same size rotor as the old Lincoln rotors and calipers used for racing back in the day. The rotor measures 12.4" x 1.25". Second, the calipers and brackets are made from aluminum with large resin pistons which significantly reduce weight. Finally, I like the idea that I can walk into any auto parts store 30 years from now and get parts for them since they are factory Ford stuff. I bought StopTech's slotted and cryo'd rotors from RockAuto for $98 each. They list 2 types one for an automatic and one for a manual transmission car. Don't know what the difference would be so I picked the manual which was $3 less in price.
MustangSteve's kits are made out of 3/8th plate steel and come with grade 8 hardware. They appear to be simply cut with a bandsaw or water jet. The kit includes a shim to place between the caliper mounting bracket and the spindle bracket. Everything was unpainted. The parts are of nice quality and the fit is perfect. Everything lined up with precision. You can decide if they're worth $235 or not. I also ordered his extended wheel studs which are about 1/4 longer making the installation of alloy wheels a bit easier and more secure.
A centering ring included in the kit gets pounded down around the outside of the hub enabling the rotor to be centered. A couple quick hits with a hammer and brass drift did the trick. The hubs also needed to be turned on a lathe to remove about a 1/16 of an inch off the outer diameter in order to fit flush inside the rotor's hat. My friend turned them for me in about 10 minutes.
Since I had to pull the hubs, I figured I'd install new bearings, grease seals, grease caps, and paint them with a high temp gloss black paint. Overall the install went really easy. MustangSteve's directions are okay but he leaves out the final bits of stuff to make it all work. He says in the instructions to make new hard lines and modify the 2014 factory rubber hoses but I'm going to try and make my existing stainless steel lines work by connecting braided steel lines at the factory location. If anyone has done this before please let me know which lines you used.
Overall the brakes look great and should be able to stop a lightweight 66 mustang pretty good with some high quality EBC red pads. For less than $700 bucks including pads you can't beat them in my opinion. Granted I still have to buy a master cylinder, braided lines, distribution block and proportioning valve for the rear but all told it should still come under a grand.