(approx) 2 Hours
Light to Moderate mechanical skill required.
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Hey, guys, it's Sara with americanmuscle.com. And today, we have a review and install of the Power Stop Z23 Evolution Sport Brake Rotor and Pad Kit for the front fitting your '05 to '10 GT Bullitt and '11 to '14 Standard Brake-Equipped GTs. This is perfect for the Mustang owner who's looking to replace their pads and rotors in the front and wants an upgrade over OEM. This complete brake pad and rotor kit for the front was designed for daily driving or street use and improves braking power and minimizes fade, thanks to the drilled and slotted rotors and ceramic compound pads.Now, Power Stop has lots of options for your Mustang from OE replacement kits all the way up to a track-day setup. Now, this Z23 kit we have here falls right about in the middle of those two. It's still gonna get you more braking performance than an OE replacement kit without going quite as aggressive as a track-day setup. Now that track-day setup will get you the most in performance, but the trade-off is there will be more dust and more noise, which comes with the more aggressive brake pad.So, as far as price goes, this kit comes in at around $200 for the front pads and rotors. And this will run you a bit more than an OE replacement would, but for your money, you are getting the upgraded components that will deliver more stopping power. I'm giving this option a two out of three wrenches on the difficulty meter. It features a direct bolt-up install and can be done within two hours. So, with that said, let's jump into our install.For this install, you will need an impact gun or ratchet, 12, and 15-millimeter sockets. It helps if it's a swivel, a caliper tool, flathead screwdriver, or a small pry bar, a caliper hanger tool, and a rubber mallet. All right, so the first step in our install is to grab a 12-millimeter socket and remove the two bolts holding on the caliper to the bracket. Grab your 12-millimeter socket and remove the two bolts at the back of the caliper. Grab your caliper and gently rock it lose. If it doesn't want to come off, we can grab a pry bar and pry on the rotor to push in the piston a little bit and give ourselves more clearance. We're just going into this opening here and we're just pressing the piston of the caliper in using the center of the rotor just gently because we really don't need that much. Just a tiny little bit more to be able to work the caliper off.All right. Now, we can go ahead and wiggle it loose. Once you have it loose, grab your caliper hanger tool, or you can use a bungee cord in a pinch and hang it out of the way so there's no tension on the brake line. All right. At this point, we're going to grab a swivel 15-millimeter socket and remove the two bolts holding on the caliper bracket to the knuckle.Now, remove the bracket and the pads off of your car. All right. So, at this point, we can remove our rotor. If yours is stuck on like ours is, you are going to need to hit it with a rubber mallet. So just hitting right on the back where the caliper was, you can spin it, keep hitting in a circle to just loosen it up from the rust that's behind it. If you do this, definitely put a lug nut on here so that if you do hit it off, it doesn't go flying off the car. So, we're hitting right back here where the heat shield isn't. You want to be careful you're not hitting the heat shield in the back.All right. Once you have your rotor loosened up, go ahead and remove the lug nut and remove the rotor. All right. So, now that we have our factory pads and rotors uninstalled from our Mustang, we can check them out side by side with our Power Stop kit. Now, the most obvious difference here is the drilling and slotting of the rotor, which as I said before, is going to help keep your brakes cool and clean. In addition, the pads feature a ceramic compound, a little bit harder to see, but that's definitely going to be more aggressive than your factory pads. They also include these clips, which is nice to have a new set and rubber boots for your sliders, which is great in case any of yours are torn. So, with that said, let's finish up our install.All right. So, at this point, we can pop the brake pads out of our bracket here. You can do this on-car, but it's a little easier, especially for you guys to see if it's off. Just basically grab the pad, pull it or push it out. Because of these pins here, they need to go out. They cannot come in. All right. And now, we're gonna pop off our metal clips here, so grab a flathead. We're going right behind this tab here to release them. All right. So, once your clips are released, just take a look at these openings here. If you need to, clean them with a wire brush, and then we're going to reinstall the new clips. Go ahead and line them up the same way as the old clips> Make sure that the larger tab is on top and just press them into place.Now, the same thing goes for this bottom section behind it. Just reverse so the clip will be on the outside. The larger part will be towards the bottom. It's the same sort of orientation that the factory ones came off in. Repeat the process on the other side. It's a mirror image of the side that you just finished. All right. Now, we can install the brake pads. The one with the filler goes on the back, line them up and press them into place. Now, because these are new pins on the outside here, they're going to want to push the brake pad out, just be mindful of that when we're installing it. All right. And then one last thing, while you do have the bracket here, just take a look at the sliders that they're functioning properly, that the boots are not ripped. They have included new boots if any of yours are, but since ours look good, we're gonna leave them be. Let's go ahead and finish up our install.All right. Now, we can get our rotor installed on our car. Keep in mind these are directional because they're drilled and slotted. So, grab the one that's corresponding to the proper side. For instance, we're on the driver's side now. So, we're grabbing the driver's side. You want to spray the front as well as the back with a little brake clean, see that the oils from the factory off just for shipping so they don't rust before they get to you. And lastly, install a lug nut over top of the stud, just to keep the rotor in place while we install the bracket.All right. Grab your bracket and install it over top of your rotor. Now, if I haven't mentioned already, you will want to grease inside these clips where the pad slides and it doesn't hurt to grease on the back of each one a little bit, just to cut down on noise. And if you haven't already greased them, it's as easy as pulling them off in this point and just reinstalling them. It's not too hard until you get the caliper in place. Grab your 15-millimeter swiveling socket and tighten these down.All right. At this point, we're going to grab a caliper tool, we unhang our caliper, and we're going to push in the pistons a little bit so that we can clear the fat new brake pads. So, go ahead and rest your tool here. Just gently compress the pistons in just about flush with the caliper so they can clear the new pads. Now, if you don't have one of these, a C-clamp will work in a pinch, but this tool is really nice to have and makes it super easy if you can grip your hands on one. Once the pistons have been pushed in, go ahead and slide your caliper over the brake pads. You may have to press the brake pads in a little bit to make them clear because of those new springs. And also, don't forget to push the sliders in as well. That's another spot where they can hang up.All right. But once your caliper is lined up, grab the factory hardware and thread it in. Grab your 12-millimeter socket and tighten them down. All right. So, once you're done with this side, you want to repeat that process on the other side. Make sure to pump up your brake pedal, to allow your caliper to seat to your new brake pads and make sure that you have a nice firm brake pedal before you drive anywhere. But that is going to do it for the review and install this brake kit, and remember for all things Mustang, keep it at americanmuscle.com.
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Unmatched Stopping Power. Achieve up to 20% more stopping power on the street by installing the Power Stop Z23 Evolution Sport Brake Rotor and Pad Kit. This ideal front replacement upgrade kit matches ceramic pads and cross-drilled and slotted rotors for reliable, long-lasting breaking without fade.
Durable Plain Iron Rotor Construction. The heavy-duty iron rotor construction is complimented by a powder coated backing plate that effectively resists corrosion.
Innovative Cross Drilled and Slotted Rotors. Facilitated by the one piece, plain-vented design, the kit rotors resists cracking and warping for long-lasting braking performance.
Efficient Cooling Vanes. Aided by the chambered design, the rotors facilitate efficient airflow and cooling.
Smooth Carbon Metallic Ceramic Pads. The pads are made from a high-quality carbon metallic compound to provide a consistent big brake feel. They are also thermal scorched to give a better brake bite.
Low Noise and Dust. The smooth ceramic pads and the integrally molded shims provide noise insulation and low dust emission.
Backed by a 3 Year/36,000-Mile Limited Warranty. The Power Stop Brake Rotor and Pad Kit is covered by a 3 Year/36,000-mile limited warranty. It doesn’t cover failures of components due to disc thickness variation (DTV) or normal wear. For more information on this coverage, please visit the manufacturer’s website.
Installation. Including (2) pairs front brake pads and (2) front rotors, this brake kit offers a direct fit installation requiring moderate mechanical skills and about 3 hours.
Application. This Front Power Stop Z23 Evolution Sport Brake Rotor and Pad Kit is designed to fit all 2005 to 2014 GT and Bullitt Mustangs. Not compatible with Brembo equipped GT models.
Fitment: 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 Details
Power Stop K1380
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(approx) 2 Hours
Light to Moderate mechanical skill required.
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Not Compatible on GT Mustangs with Brembo Calipers