Review & Install Video
Hey, guys. Stephanie with americanmuscle.com, here with the Xtreme Stop Cross-Drilled Rotors that come with Carbon Graphite Brake Pads, for 2011 to 2014 GT Mustangs. In this video, we're gonna go over a few things with this kit. We're gonna talk about the individual components of the kit, the performance you can expect from them, and the install as well. I'll go over the install in more detail later, but this is going to be a one out of three wrenches on the difficulty meter because we're talking about a simple brake replacement here.This front rotor and pad kit is a good for those guys out there that are looking to replace or upgrade their front brakes with a setup that'll produce minimal dust, give them a bump in stopping performance, and look nice behind a set of wheels all at the same time. Braking component kits are an excellent upgrade even if your car mostly sees street time, but they tend to be very costly, depending on what you're looking for. With this kit, Xtreme Stop is offering a definite upgrade at an affordable price.There are a ton of things to consider when you're shopping for a brake upgrade kit. You need to determine the level of performance that you want out of the brakes, what you'll be doing with your car, track, drag strip, or just a street car, your wheel setup because you wanna make sure that the brakes will fit, and some things like dust levels. And of course, your budget is gonna play a big role in this.As far as brake performance goes, bigger does tend to be better. Braking performance depends on surface area, and by this, I mean how much surface area the brake pads have to bite into. Larger discs and larger pads have more surface area and, therefore, allow for shorter, faster stops simply because of the bite that the brakes will have. On top of that, increased surface area means better heat disbursal, and with brakes, you want as little heat as possible if you want highly effective stopping power.This kit, of course, is a bolt-on kit that's gonna come with upgraded rotors and pads, which will make a difference in your stopping performance. The kit offers a one-piece drilled and slotted rotors that are cast iron with zinc electroplating and brake pads made from a carbon graphite compound that'll produce low levels of dust and have quiet braking. If we look at the brake pads first, I'm gonna just say now that the pads are an important piece of the puzzle here. They're a component that's gonna be directly in contact with the friction surface, so you wanna make sure that you're getting the right brake pads for your application and your rotors. The carbon graphite pads are made from a semi-metallic compound, which is a harder compound than other brake pads. This is how they fight against brake fade and get more stopping power with a lower level of dust. They're made to provide a fast response without high rotor abrasion, and they're manufactured for smooth and silent engagement. They do have rubber-coated shims, which minimizes braking noise, and the abrasion level's important because you wanna make sure that the pads aren't gonna chew up your rotors. These pads are ideal for street, strip, and moderate track applications, and they have an estimated 30,000-mile life under normal driving conditions.Looking at the rotors, they're an iron rotor to work with the pads that we just talked about, and they're slotted and drilled one-piece rotors. The slotted portion of the rotor is the grooves that are cut along the face right here where the pad makes contact. When there's repeated heavy braking, a layer of gas and dust will form from the material transfer that's caused by the friction, and the slots give a place for the gas to escape. This means more contact surface area for the brake pad, which we all know is a good thing. So by creating more contact surface, the slots work to fight against brake fade.As far as the cross-drilling, the thought behind drilling rotors is that it offers a way to cool the rotor, much like slotting a rotor does. The drilling gives a place for the gasses to escape to. With all of the advances and improvements in brake systems, drilled rotors offer more of a cool appearance than anything else. They do help with cooling, and they will reduce pad glaze with the help of the slotting. But I will say that a drilled rotor tends to give a more eye-catching appearance. Either way, these rotors have you covered, being both slotted and drilled. The last piece of the puzzle is the rotors being electroplated. Electropainting is actually a form of painting that actually really pretty cool, but it results in a perfectly level coating even on uneven surfaces and especially on items that have a complex shape.Now, I know that a brake upgrade kit is for performance, but it's hard to deny that your brakes can make a good look behind a set of nice wheels. There's a custom appeal to them, it's a cool look, and so knowing that these are coated with a bright zinc finish that isn't gonna rust is a nice feature.As far as price, you're looking at spending between $500 and $600 for this kit. It's a complete kit that'll come with everything that you need for the pads and rotors. The only thing that you'll need to consider is upgrading brake lines, depending on your mileage and how involved you think you need to make the install. But like I said before, it really all depends on what you're looking for and your budget.So when it comes to the install, it's not extremely time-consuming, but you are gonna wanna have a little bit of knowledge in order to do this yourself, and that comes down to a safety thing. If you aren't sure, I'd side on letting a shop perform the install, but otherwise, you're looking at a two-hour project and a one out of three wrenches on the scale.To give a general overview of the install, you're looking at disassembling the OE front brakes, so your calipers and your rotors will come off so you can swap in your new rotors and pads. It's nothing difficult, and you don't have to do anything that you normally wouldn't do during a normal brake maintenance. And don't forget about the break-in period with the new brakes. You wanna make sure that they're safe and that they'll have a long life. Overall, the Xtreme Stop Precision Front Brake Kit will upgrade your front brakes to a one-piece rotor that is drilled and slotted. The brake pads are carbon graphite, semi-metallic compound, and together, these brakes will upgrade your stopping performance and allow for harder braking with less fade. Altogether, the kit gives better braking performance with a custom look and appeal, so you can expect improvements like shorter stopping distances, less fade, and a more aggressive pedal feel. As always, I suggest you check this kit out some more online, and for all things Mustang, keep it right here at americanmuscle.com.