Review & Install Video
Hey, guys, Adam here with AmericanMuscle.com. Today I'm bringing you a detailed overview of the Stillen J Hook Slotted Rotors for the front of all 2015 and newer GT and performance packed EcoBoost Mustangs. So in this video, I'll be going over the functionality and performance of the Stillen J Hook Slotted Rotors and, of course, the materials and construction. I'll top the video off with the installation which I'll let you know upfront will be a very simple, one out of three wrenches on our difficulty meter, so let's jump right into it.
So the front pair of this Stillen J Hook Slotted Rotors I have here today, will be for any 2015 and newer GT and performance packed EcoBoost Mustang owner looking to increase their breaking performance overall with a set of rotors that have an increased initial pad life, thanks to the slotted design and an overall increased appearance as well. Now, we all know that the stock Mustang GT, and of course, the performance packed EcoBoost from the 2015 and newer models have a pretty respectable breaking performance overall. We can all pretty much agree on that. But again, if you like to push your pony to the limits, you might want a little bit of extra bite in their performance and, of course, by doing that you'd upgrade your rotors.
Upgrading your stock rotors to a set of J Hook Slotted Rotors I have here, can increase your increase your initial pad life clear from brake dust and gasses and overall increase your performance all together. Of course, that's always a plus and it doesn't hurt your pocket as well, which I'll touch on in just a bit. Overall, if you like to push your pony to its limits and put as much power to the pavement as possible, then you want to definitely have a reliable braking system like the slotted rotor set I have here provides.
Now, the reason these rotors are so much more reliable and high-performing is all thanks to the slotted design here from Stillen. These have a J-hook shape a literal J-shaped hook actually engraved in the materials here in a directional design. For very specific placement on the rotor allows for the dissipation of heat and even brake dust which to a better initial pad life.
Now, another reason this option from Stillen is a higher-performing brake rotor than your stock option is actually going to be thanks to a vented-vein design. What that basically refers to is the design down here as opposed to your solid stock rotors that can actually expel heat and hotter gasses a lot easier and quicker than the stock options. What that'll basically do is reduce brake fading and allow for better brake performance overall, eventually saving you money in the long run.
These rotors are manufactured from the highest quality one-piece cast iron blanks available. They're C&C machined for a perfect fit as well as to install a perfect J-hook design into the materials which is very exclusive to Stillen. They're mill-balanced to reduce any noise vibration or harshness for a perfect all-around fit right on the box. On top of that, they've got a plated zinc coating on top to make sure a long-lasting rust and corrosion resistance is in play.
So of course, I want to point out at this point, these rotors are perfect for the guys and girls out there taking their S550 whether it's a GT or performance packed EcoBoost out to the track and hitting the power down at speed. Of course, these'll perform the absolute best at speed while actually taking those hard turns and pushing it to the limits on the track. But they are also perfect for any daily driver or weekend warrior out there on the streets.
With that said, if you're looking to pick these up for whatever your application may be, you can pick 'em up for just about 350 bucks for the front set, which I have to say is a pretty respectable price considering the other options on the market. With that said, a lot of the other options on the market consider a slotted rotor design as well as drilled and slotted and even plain old stock options. All of which are going to be a little bit more expensive then these options from Stillen, so this is gonna be a more budget-friendly option.
Moving along to the installation portion of the video. Like I said in the very beginning, and a couple of times throughout the video, this will only fit the GT and performance packed EcoBoost Mustangs with the four piston brake calipers installed. Any bigger brake kits that you have on your vehicle, these will unfortunately not fit, but you can check out some of the other options on the market.
Now, if this fits your package, then you can tackle this job very simply with a set of ratchet and simple sockets. Now, also with that said, it is highly recommended to tackle your brake pads as well when swapping out any set of rotors. If you are tackling it with your brake pads, you will want to have a c-clamp, brake grease, and of course, brake fluids on hand, as well as a jack and jack stands. Once you've got your Mustang up in the air, whether it's a jack and jack stands or a lift, remove one of your front wheels, unbolt your calipers, and of course, hang it off to the side so it's not dangling on the lines.
With your caliper hung off to the side, remove your factory rotor, replace it with your Stillen option we have here. Once that's installed, if you're tackling your brake pads, decompress your brake calipers with your c-clamp, grease up your new brake pads, put them in and put everything back together the same way they came off. Overall, repeat the process for the opposite side. About an hour or two worth of time in the driveway at home, and a one out of three wrenches on out difficulty meter.
And just to wrap things up here, if you're the owner of a 2015 or newer GT or EcoBoost or performance packed Mustang, and you're looking to increase your braking performance overall with a sweet set of slotted rotors, you might want to check out the Stillen J-Hook Slotted Rotors for the front of your vehicle, which of course, are available right here at AmericanMuscle.com.