Review & Install Video
Hey, guys. Adam here with americanmuscle.com. Today, I'm bringing you a quick overview of the Xtreme Stop Performance Ceramic Brake Pads fitting the rear of all '94 to '04 Bullitt, Mach 1, and Cobra Mustangs. So in this video, I'll be going over the benefits and performance of the stopping power you can expect from the Xtreme Stop Performance Brake Pads as well as the materials and construction. I'll top the video off with the installation which I'll let you know upfront gets a very solid one out of three wrenches on our difficulty meter since it is a very simple brake job.
The Xtreme Stop Performance Ceramic Brake Pads for the rear will be for any '94 to '04 Bullitt, Mach 1, or Cobra owner who's got some wear and tear toward the back end of their Mustang as far as brakes are concerned and need to pick up an upgrade and like to go with something that adds a little bit more bite to their pads. There's a couple of different reasons the Xtreme Stop Pads for the front and rear, now, obviously, we just have the rear here today but all together, these are going to be a very good upgrade compared to your stock pads.
Xtreme Stop lets us know that the biggest thing about these pads is that they can increase your stopping and brake performance up to 25% over your stock pads. Now, obviously, these are the rear pads so they're not doing most of the work like your fronts are but they still do make a difference and upgrading to the Xtreme Stop Performance Ceramic Pads can definitely make a difference.
Now, the other aspect of these pads actually has a two in one kind of combo. Now, these are going to be a low dust brake pad and also a very quiet brake pad. Now, the low dust brake pad thing is definitely going to be a factor for the guys out there who have maybe a five spoke wheel and you can see a lot of that brake dust from the moment it starts happening. Now if you're anything like me, that is a very ugly sight and you wanna get rid of it as soon as possible. Now, you can wash your car constantly or you can pick up a low dust composite brake pad that actually prevents it from happening as often and as quickly.
Now, the other side of that is going to be the fact that these are a quiet brake pad. Now, as far as the quiet option is concerned, this is something that honestly is a no-brainer. Nobody wants to hear a loud brake pad. You don't wanna hear squealing or squeaking. And Xtreme Stop actually uses a low dust composite mixed with a very quiet material that prevents any squeaking and squealing while these are in use.
Now, obviously, that low dust composite and the quiet option here with these pads is all thanks to the materials and construction. These are manufactured from Xtreme Stop out of a high quality ceramic composite compound here and these obviously increase the stopping power. Now, like I said, it's the rear pairs. They're not doing as much work but it still does make a difference.
Now, with that 25% increase in stopping power, you get the low dust composite, the quiet pads, and all together, this is a very rotor friendly brake pad. Now, what I mean by that is most brake pads, or at least some brake pads on the market, need a breaking in period before you can really go hard on the street with the gears. These can actually go right on your pads, right after the installation, and you can go. This is perfect for the daily driver out there who just needs a quick brake job swap and to get going. As far as the installation is concerned, if you're trying to get these installed on the rear end of your '94 to '04 Bullitt, Mach 1, or Cobra Mustang, it's great for any track application, any street application, any daily driver, but any of those applications, the install is all the same.
This one's gonna be a very simple break swap which requires pretty common hand tools with the exception of one. Now the common hand tools being the ratchet and socket set and of course, a lug wrench, jack and jack stands to get it in the air or a lift if you have one available. But the exception here is the rear calipers on these '94 to '04 Mustangs actually require a very specific tool. Now, the rear calipers actually have a twist-in piston here, not like a clamp. So a C-clamp won't work. If you try to use that, you're actually gonna break the caliper.
Now, you'll actually have to get this specific tool just to actually put the keys in the piston to twist them in. Now since that is the case, you can pick one up at your local auto parts store or if you have one handy, that's perfect as well. All together, the break job should actually take you about an hour's worth of time in the driveway home which is why I give it a one out of three wrenches on our difficulty meter.
So to kick things off, obviously you wanna break the lug nuts use, jack the car in the air, and remove the wheel. From there, you can open up the caliper by using your ratchet and socket set. And of course once it's open, just kick those old brake pads out of the way and set them aside.
Now, once you get the caliper opened up, the brake pads are aside, you can use that specific caliper piston tool to get this thing clamped down. Now, obviously, it's not like a C-clamp so you wanna set the keys into the divots specific to your caliper and twist it down like you would any other ratchet. Now once you have that twisted down, it'll decompress that caliper and allow you to slip the new brake pads in. Once that's decompressed you grease up the pads like you would any other ones, pop them into place, close the caliper up and put it all back together again. Repeat for the opposite side and you're good to go.
Overall like I said, an hour's worth of time in the driveway at home and a one out of three wrenches on our difficult meter. Just to wrap things up here, if you're the owner of a '94 to '04 Bullitt, Mach 1, or Cobra and you're looking to get the bite back into your braking performance while also picking up a low dust brake pad with a quiet braking noise, you might wanna check out the Xtreme Stop Performance Ceramic Pads that'll fit the rear end of your Mustang which you can find right here at americanmuscle.com.