In this installation article, we are going to be covering SVE’s latest offering with their GT500 rear brake adapter for all 2005-2014 Mustangs. Have you been wanting to do a brake upgrade on your S197 without breaking the bank? Well, look no further; SVE has stepped up yet again with their rear caliper adapter brackets. These brackets will be made here in the USA, constructed of CNC machined T-6061 billet aluminum, and produced with the highest quality standards. SVE also includes the proper 10.9-grade zinc plated hardware to make this installation a walk in the park.
SVE will offer this adapter in two different configurations. You can order the adapters by themselves or in a kit with OEM Ford 13/14 GT500 rear rotors. Unlike others on the market, the main benefit of this kit is that you do not have to remove the rear axles from the housing. This will cut the installation time in half and also cut down on the overall cost. This kit will take you from the factory 11.8-inch rotor to a massive 13.8 inches out back. This not only is aesthetically pleasing with larger aftermarket wheels but will provide you with reduced stopping distances on and off the track.
For this install, we will be working on Jay's 2012 GT500. Let’s head over and show you how simple these are to install. Overall this one should take you roughly an hour per side to complete. For any parts you see in this article, make sure to check out all of these associated products at the bottom of the article.
Lift or a jack and jack stands
3/8" and 1/2" impact and ratchet
1/2" torque wrench
Blue thread locker
General cleaning supplies
- Begin by lifting the vehicle via a lift or jack and jack stands, then remove both rear wheels.
- We will begin with the disassembly of the rear brakes. Remove both of the 13mm bolts holding the caliper to the anchor.
- Once these are out, you will be able to pull these apart. Hang up the caliper with a small section of a coat hanger to the frame or chassis.
- At this time, we chose to remove both pads from the vehicle.
- The caliper anchor mount will be bolted to the axle flange by (2) 15mm bolts. Break these loose, and then you will be able to remove this from the car.
- Tap on the backside of the rotor face in a few spots to free this if it is stuck in place.
- Once you have the rear calipers and rotors off the car, take this time to inspect all components and clean with brake clean as well as scrape up all mating surfaces with a wire brush.
- Apply a small dab of blue thread locker to the (2) shorter bolts. Align the SVE bracket to the factory axle flange and then thread the (2) shorter 16mm bolts by hand. Now you can Torque these bolts to 76 lb/ft.
- Also, take this time to clean both of your rotors with a quality brake clean and a lint-free towel.
- Now apply a light coating of anti-seize to the hub face.
- Slide on your rotor and use a few washers and (1) of your lug nuts to hold the rotor in place.
- Using a caliper compressor tool, ensure the piston is fully seated in the caliper.
- Spray down the factory caliper anchor and clean this up before going back on.
- Once you have cleaned the anchor, we will take the time to inspect the slide pins and dust boots. Remove each pin and boot from both sides and clean the old grease from the anchor with brake clean and a rag. You can wrap the rag around the screwdriver to help clean out the hole.
- Also, you can use a wire brush to clean the mating surface for both the boot and pin.
- Check over your boot for any rips or tears. If you need replacements we have you covered with our related products at the end of the article. If you are going to reuse your stock pins and boots, make sure to clean these thoroughly.
- We opted to go in with new parts here, so we made sure that the pin was lubricated with a quality brake clean. Slide the boot over the pin and make sure it is seated.
- Next, slide the pin into the hole and make sure the boot side is seated to the anchor side as well. Repeat these steps for the other side and make sure both flat edges are faced inward.
- Take this time to clean the factory caliper bolts. These will be used in a later step.
- Now apply a small dab of blue thread locker to the (2) longer bolts at this time. Hold the caliper anchor in place, and thread in the (2) longer bolts by hand. Tighten these down and torque them to 76 lb/ft.
- Moving forward, we will now install the anti-rattle clips. Position both of the clips in place and apply a light film of brake grease where the pad will make contact.
- We would like to note here that replacing your pads during this installation is highly recommended. Since you will be installing a new rotor on your vehicle, it is in your best interest to install a new set of pads at this time. Set the pads in place on the anchor and make sure that the spring clips are centered.
- Apply a small dab of the blue thread locker to the threads on each of the bolts.
- To install the caliper, align each of the mounting holes while keeping the spring clips centered.
- Align the flat edges of the slide pin to the caliper ear. This will ensure that the slide pin is locked in place when installing the hardware.
- Thread in the caliper to anchor bolts and then tighten each of these 13 mm bolts to 24 lb/ft.
- Remove the lug nuts and washers from both sides.
- Reinstall both rear wheels and torque these down to the manufactures specifications. Repeat these steps for the other side.
- Check over your work, and you are all done!
We hope that this article has helped you better understand how to install SVE’s GT500 Rear Brake Adapters for your S197 Mustang.
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