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Braking The Control Freak S197 Mustang

Magazine: Muscle Mustangs & Fast Fords (September 2006)
SSBC product: Front Force 10 V8 8-piston caliper kit A112-17

Going on a stopping spree and an astonishing driving experience.
Last month, we launched our buildup series about an S197 Mustang modified right in the middle of the San Diego Auto Show ("Independent Thinker"). The first installment was on the Control Freak front suspension conversion from struts to tubular A-arms. One important item was not covered in detail, however: the brakes. That's because they deserve special attention all on their own, since they have eight--count 'em, eight--pistons in each front caliper. Offered as an option on the Control Freak package, the Force 10 V8 eight-piston calipers and 14-inch rotors are made by Stainless Steel Brakes Corporation (SSBC). Why so many pistons? Obviously, increasing the clamping force is desirable, especially when you add a lot of horsepower... the stock binders have only a pair of 45mm pistons, while the SSBC calipers have eight 40mm pistons. Not only that, the grooved and plated rotors are 2 inches larger in diameter than the factory units, so this conversion provides a significant gain in clamping surface area... If you dive into a bend a bit too hot, just make sure you have your seatbelt on because those SSBC brakes haul down this Mustang like a body slam from Hulk Hogan. Repeated stabs at the brake pedal didn't faze these binders a bit ...