If you’ve ever road raced in a fox Mustang with stock brakes, you probably noticed after the first few laps that the uncertainty of coming in hot from a straight away into a turn can be a little scary. Upgraded pads can certainly help, but nothing will give you the confidence that a proper brake set up will. Checkout Lee’s experience with the SVE 5 Lug Disc Converision in his own words.
“After we completed the five lug disc brake conversion on my ’89 coupe, and I finished all the small adjustments, the car never felt better in terms of stopping. The bite of the huge 13” rotors took a little getting used to compared to the tiny, factory four lug set up that the car originally had. No longer using the old technology of the drum brakes in the rear was a big plus too.
I originally planned on going with our 17” SVE Anniversary wheels, but was immediately persuaded to upgrade to our 18” SVE Drift wheels. The wider 18×9 and 18×10 wheels allow the car to grip better than the stock Pony wheels that were on the car before. The fenders required a little modification up front and rear, but I think the results were worth it.
I drove the car down to Texas World Speedway for the Track Guys Lone Star Roundup Event and compared the car to the previous year at the same track with the four lug set up. After getting used to the track again and picking up speed coming into the turns, I could immediately feel the difference made by the new SVE five lug disc conversion. I could really come into a turn with much more speed and feel confident the brakes were going to do their job.
With the four lug set up, after a few laps of spirited driving I could feel the brakes fading badly. Sometimes they would even lock up before going into a turn. The new brakes were as smooth as can be and didn’t disappoint. Overall the SVE disc conversion was worth it, and something I’ve dreamed about doing to every fox I’ve owned up until this point. I was very happy with the way it turned out.”
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Check out the rest of this project:
- Mustang SVE 5 Lug Disc Brake Conversion: Part 1 – Front Brakes
- Mustang SVE 5 Lug Disc Brake Conversion: Part 2 – Rear Brakes
- Mustang SVE 5 Lug Disc Brake Conversion: Part 3 – Master Cylinder & Proportioning Valve
- Mustang SVE 5 Lug Disc Brake Conversion: Part 4 – Track Testing