Review & Install Video
Hey guys, Adam here with americanmuscle.com. Today, I'm bringing you a detailed overview of the Xtreme Stop Precision Cross-Drilled & Slotted Rotors, fitting the front of all '94 to '04 GT and V6 Mustangs. In this video, I'll be going over the functionality and braking performance benefits you can expect out of these rotors from Xtreme Stop as well as the materials and construction. I'll top the video off with the install, which I'll let you know upfront is a very simple one out of three wrenches on our difficulty meter, simply because this is going to be no different than any other brake job. The Xtreme Stop Precision Cross-Drilled & Slotted Rotors will be for any '94 to '04 GT or V6 owner who's looking to greatly improve their stopping performance on their SN95 by getting a better overall rotor design than the OEM stock styling.So as you can see by the title and the look of this product, this one actually features both a drilled and slotted rotor design, which is actually going to be far more effective than the OEM stock styling, which is just a smooth, flat surface. Now this, I'm going to detail every aspect of this and tell you exactly why the cross-drilled is beneficial as well as the slotted design, and I'll tell you exactly what you'll be getting and what you can expect for your SN95. Now as far as the cross-drilled design is concerned, that basically just refers to the holes drilled in this particular sequence and design throughout the entire rotor here. As you can see, they're in a sequence of threes in between each slot. These cross-drilled designs or drilled holes in the rotor surface actually allows heat to escape, so when your brakes are in use and the brake pads are in contact with the rotor, this is actually going to allow heat to escape through the holes and through your vented vein design, which I'll discuss in just a second. With excess heat going through the materials instead of lingering around the braking surface here, that actually allows for a better overall stopping power. So escaping through the heat with the cross-drilled design is extremely beneficial in your braking performance.Now the slotted design essentially just refers to those slots you see carved into the materials here. Now the difference between the slots and the drilled holes is that the the drilled holes are actually going through the entire material. These slots are just indentations on the rotor's surface. What the slots are actually being used for is when the brake pad comes in contact with this rotor, there's a lot of brake dust that can build up around the surface, preventing a very good initial bite. Now, when the brake dust hits the surface, this will actually escape through the slotted design as well as some of those brake dust gases that can build up here, preventing from a good initial bite.So obviously, you can pick up a rotor that offers just the cross-drilled design or just the slotted design for your model, but of course bringing them both together, like Xtreme Stop did can maximize your braking performance without spending the big bucks on a Brembo kit. Now obviously, this is going to look extremely aggressive in between the spokes of your wheels, so that's just another added bonus. One of the added benefits of the Xtreme Stop rotor is that it actually offers what is known as a vented vein design on the internal chamber. So basically, to put that in simpler terms, if I pick this up here, and you can see in-between the rotor surfaces, there are different little slots in-between this little gap. That's the vented vein design. The internal chamber here allows, when the gases and heat travel through the cross-drilled section, it can actually be slotted through this vented vein design to help significantly with the cooling capacity of the rotors. This is definitely gonna keep the brakes cooler. Cooler means a better initial bite. Better initial bite, better braking performance.Now as far as materials and construction goes here, expect Xtreme Stop to have these CNC-machined out of a premium cast one-piece iron. They have drilled holes and milled slots for balance, of course. On top of that, these can actually have been proven to drop operating temperatures up to 200 degrees over the OEM standard rotors. They were then completed in a bright zinc, electroplated treatment to make sure it has that good look, and of course fights off that rust. Now as far as the pricing goes, Xtreme Stop is relatively new to the SN95 market here. Comparing it to some of the other options, this comes in at right around 100 bucks, whereas the other ones can be about $200 to $250, just for the front pair you see here. So 100 bucks is gonna be one of the least expensive options on the site for your SN95, while still offering really good materials and a really advanced drilled and slotted design.Shifting gears over to the install portion of the video, like I said in the very beginning, this one's gonna be as simple as any other brake job for your SN95. As far as tools go, you wanna have a lug wrench, a jack and jack stands, or a lift if you have access to one, a ratchet, and a simple socket set, as well as a C-clamp to get the front calipers compressed. You should expect to have this one done in about an hour or two in the driveway at home, and of course you'll get a one out of three wrenches on our difficulty meter. Now as far as the install itself, all you'll have to do is jack up the front end of your '94 to '04 GT or V6, use your lug wrench to get rid of one of those wheels, and of course, from there, you'll have to remove the calipers from the rotor itself. If you're swapping out the brake pads, which I highly suggest doing at this time, you'll have to decompress those rotors, grease up the new pads, swap them in. Now if you're just working on the rotors, all you'll have to do is remove the caliper and its bracket, pop off the old rotor, pop on the new one, reinstall everything in the reverse order. Overall, about an hour's worth of time in the driveway at home and a one out of three wrenches on our difficulty meter.Just to wrap things up here, if you're the owner of '94 to '04 GT or V6 Mustang and you're looking to greatly improve your braking performance while doing some routine maintenance, you might wanna check out the Xtreme Stop Precision Cross-Drilled & Slotted Rotors for the front end of your SN95, which can be found right here at americanmuscle.com.