Installation Time: Afternoon
April 25, 2016
Just Not Intuitive... But I found the solution!
So here is my take.
Good Product - They look good. Could be better and MGP / AM / all the others selling these, should come up with some guidance for the install - I am available for consulting. BTW, I purchased them from a different vendor because I wanted the Satin Silver.
First, if you have stock wheels, you will probably need the spacers. I added 1/4" spacers with the 18" stock Bullitt wheels. Be aware not all spacers are the same - buy cheap, get cheap. Many are designed to be universal and are not made very uniform, so they can affect alignment and balance. I purchased Eibach spacers.
And the big issue, everyone else has been correct about the noise, especially from the rear. But like I said, I figured out the problem and a solution!
- Bend the clips
- DO NOT seat them completely flush
- Be careful to not let them twist too much as you tighten
- Double check the gauging once tightened
I installed them late yesterday thinking I could do it relatively quick, but took a little longer than expected as the fitment was a little off. Then I started getting dark and I rushed on the left rear - and it made lots of squealing noise when I test drove.
So this afternoon, I took it all apart again and reinstalled paying close attention to the gap at the rotor - The real problem.
The problem is these are designed in a non-intuitive fashion. As shade tree types, we expect things to fit properly - tight and flush. Which is where my problem and likely everyone else's problem comes from. So here is my install guidance.
Step 1: Bend the clips. Mine were a bit open so I bend them to close them up a bit. This will make them fit tight once in place.
Step 2: DO NOT seat them completely. Again, I expected the clips needed to be pushed in fully flush with the caliber. However, they have a an odd little 45 degree bend / notch where the bottom of the clip turns towards the top. DO NOT push the the clip in past where the bottom of the clip makes the 45 degree turn. It will leave about a 1/4 inch gap between the clip and the edge of the caliper. Yes, it looks wrong, but this works. If you push the clip all the way flush, the part where the bottom turns 45 degrees or the leading edge of the clip will flex down and possibly touch the rotor - creating the noise.
Step 3: - Be careful to not let them twist too much as you tighten. Once seated and the gauge checked for clearance, tighten the clips. Try to maintain the seating as much as possible. However, the clip is going to twist and flex some in the direction you tighten and possibly touch the rotor. I stuck a flat head screwdriver under the edge of the clip so it would not twist too much and maintain the seating.
Step 4: - Double check the gauging once tightened. Again, I found that the clips twist and can touch the rotor after they are tightened. If they have twisted, loosen them a little and reseat them adn then retighen until you get the clearance from the rotor.
Just takes some patience, but these are not as quick an install on Mustangs as MGP would have you believe.