Wilwood Brake Upgrade

3.7L Mustang with Wilwood Brake Upgrade
Got Brakes? As part of the Strange Engineering Rear Floater Project we also upgraded the front brakes. I was running a Factory Brembo 14in four piston caliper on the front and stock calipers on the back. Wilwood has over 30 years of experience in designing disc brakes. From NASCAR to sprint cars they have tons of experience to develop their street/Track braking systems.Wilwood sent a set of their calipers in their new Nickle color to complete this project. Personally I like them a lot. I am a bit tired of the bright red colored calipers that are on most sports cars, and a black colored caliper would just disappear inside of a black wheel. These are works of art and need to be seen!The Wilwood Calipers have a forged body and the radial mounting allows a lot of adjustability and a very stable mounting platform because your piston is not fighting the spindle bolts. The stainless steel pistons in the caliper resist fade and extend service life by reducing the heat transfer from the pads.The Brake Rotors are directional and they bolt on to a lightweight hat.

The Spec 37 Competitive Rotors are made from a proprietary iron alloy developed to withstand extreme temperatures with the highest possible degree of resistance against distortion, warping, cracking and wear. In the future you just need to replace the rotor face and reuse the hat as long as its in good condition. The kit came with a new set of stainless steel lines. The factory system has a banjo bolt on the end and the Wilwood uses and AN type end.

Here are the weight changes:

Brembo Front Rotor 25.1lbs
Wilwood Front Rotor with Hat 19.7lbs

Brembo 4p Caliiper 10.7lbs
Wilwood 6p Caliper 9.3

Stock Rear 11.8″ Rotor 12.9lbs
Floater Rear Hat and Wilwood 14″ Rotor 20.6

Stock Rear 1p Caliper 10.1lbs
Wilwood 4p Caliper 4.6lbs

Total weight savings = 9.2lbs
Not bad for the huge performance gain.

 3.7L Mustang with Wilwood Brake Upgrade The Massive W6A 6 Piston Wilwood Brake Caliper.
3.7L Mustang with Wilwood Brake Upgrade Here is the pad comparison to the Brembos.The Wilwood caliper has a larger surface area and thickness brake pad. The Wilwood caliper despite its slightly larger size is lighter than the Brembo caliper. The Wilwood pad is 11sq inches.The rear pads are a whopping 30% larger over the factory single piston caliper. The weight savings is also quite dramatic.
3.7L Mustang with Wilwood Brake Upgrade Here is the rear 4 piston caliper.
3.7L Mustang with Wilwood Brake Upgrade Here is a Spec 37 Competitive Rotor. They are 14″ slotted rotor that is used all the way around. Note the slots are all at different angles.
 3.7L Mustang with Wilwood Brake Upgrade Here are the directional cooling veins.
3.7L Mustang with Wilwood Brake Upgrade This is the lightweight aluminum rotor hat. Much of the weight savings comes from this part.
Wilwood Brakes Here is the take apart for the front brake system.
 3.7L Mustang with Wilwood Brake Upgrade Wilwood also has their own 600 deg (dry) racing brake fluid.
3.7L Mustang with Wilwood Brake Upgrade Here you can see the radial mounting bracket. This is a shot of the rear before the caliper goes on.
3.7L Mustang with Wilwood Brake Upgrade Here is the front on the car. The brakes are a work of art really.
3.7L Mustang with Wilwood Brake Upgrade  Another shot of the front caliper. Here you can see the Brake Cooling duct work.
3.7L Mustang with Wilwood Brake Upgrade Here is the rear brake setup paired with the Strange floater kit.
3.7L Mustang with Wilwood Brake Upgrade  The kit does include a parking brake.
3.7L Mustang with Wilwood Brake Upgrade  Here is the rear 14″ Rotor 4 piston Wilwood caliper with the Forgeline wheels and Nitto NT01 Tires.
3.7L Mustang with Wilwood Brake Upgrade  Here is the front 14″ Rotor 6 piston Wilwood caliper with the Forgeline wheels and Nitto NT01 Tires.
3.7L Mustang with Wilwood Brake Upgrade
The car not only stops as well as it possibly can without a master cylinder upgrade but it also looks like it means business. I love this system and put it to good use on the track at Road America.

 

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