How-To Install a Big Brake Kit & Bleed Your Brakes

Uploaded by motorztv on 26.03.2012

I'm Chris Duke and today on Motorz we're installing a big brake kit on our Mustang.

We recently installed a supercharger
on our Mustang GT that bumped it up to 447 horsepower
at the wheels. Now with all that additional horsepower, we need more stopping power
because it doesn't matter how fast you go if you can't stop the thing.
So today on Motorz, we're going to show you how to upgrade the front brake system on our Mustang GT with
big brake upgrade kit that includes larger diameter 14 inch rotors
stainless steel brake lines, and huge six-piston calipers.
Then the rear is going to get the Rata Speed plus rotor conversion kit and then when we're all done with that, we'll show
you how to change the front brake pads on a 2004 Honda Pilot and then demonstrate the use of a vaccuum type bleeder on our F150.
Let's get started on our Mustang. Most of the time when you're working on your brakes
you want to make sure you remove or loosen the cap on your brake fluid resevoir. That's going to allow
that fluid to move around while you're working on your brake system. And you want to make sure you have a brand new
unopened bottle of brake fluid. Our Mustang requires dot 3. You should check with your
owner's manual to see what kind of fluid your vehicle requires. For this installation,
you're going to need various ratchets, sockets, and extensions, as well as a 10 millimeter allen head socket.
flat blade screwdriver, some zip ties, a wire brush, various wrenches, some locktite
a new bottle brake fluid, lots of rags, some safety glasses, brake clean, some water in a spray
bottle, a torque wrench, a breaker bar, and you're gonna also need a brake bleed kit. We'll be right back
after this break with more Motorz.

We're gonna start by installing the Baer Pro-Plus brake upgrade kit in the front so after you jack up your
vehicle and put it on stands, the first thing you're gonna want to do is disconnect the brake line from here because
you're gonna install new brake callipers and lines. You can use the provided cap to prevent the brake fluid from
leaking out. Then once you've done that you can disconnect the brake caliper, the bracket and the rotor. Use the
13 millimeter wrench to break this fitting free from the brake line. It's gonna make
it a lot easier to disconnect that later, after you've removed the bracket with a 10 millimeter socket.

To clean up that brake fluid that ends up everywhere, a good thing to have handy
is some towels and some water.
Use a 10 millimeter socket
to remove this brake line bracket bolt.
Detach the speed sensor cable which is being held on to the brake line using these two clips right here. One there
and one down here at the bottom, then you can move that brake line out of the way.
To remove the caliper from the bracket, you need to break loose the two bolts.
There's one at the top and one at the bottom. For that you're gonna need a 12 millimeter socket and a breaker bar.

With those two bolts removed,
you can pull your caliper out.

Use a 15 millimeter socket to break the two bolts free on the back here so you can remove the calliper bracket.

Since we'll be re-using our factory caliper bracket bolts, clean them up using a wire brush.
Install the new caliper bracket from Baer using
the factory bracket bolts, just make sure you put a little bit of Locktite on them first.

And then torque them down to 85 foot pounds. As you can
see, the new rotor from Baer is considerably larger giving us more surface area for more stopping power.
Installing your new rotors is pretty easy, just make sure you put them on the side, the one that's
marked with an "L" goes on the left and the one marked with an "R" goes on the right.
Now to keep the rotor in place, use two lug nuts with the provided washer. This will help prevent damage
to the rotor, as well as keeping it in place, making it a lot easier to install the new caliper.
Now before you put on your new calipers, make sure your rotor's good and clean both on the front and the back,
so put on some safety glasses and grab some Brake Clean and spray it off.
With your rotors all cleaned up,
you can go ahead and install your new 6-piston callipers from Baer. Use the provided 10-mm allen head bolts
and then torque them down to 85 foot pounds.

To install the new stell braided brake line, you're gonna need a flat blade screwdriver,
a 13-mm and 17-mm wrench, as well as a 10-mm socket and a ratchet to reinstall those two bolts
that you removed ealier. Now the first thing you're gonna want to install is the new bracket in the factory location
There's one for the left side and there's one for the right. Then to connect that brake line to your calliper, you're gonna need
to use the provided banded bolt and these two washers.
Use a flat blade screwdriver to remove this plug
on the back side of the callipers so that you can connect the brake line.
Tighten the banjo bolt using a 9/16th wrench.

Once you've installed the new brake line, you wanna secure the speed sensor line, using a
couple of zip ties.

To bleed the brakes using a traditional method, use the supplied hose and hook it up to the bleeder.
Then use a wrench and open it up about a quarter of a turn to let some of the air bubbles out. Then close it back up.
Have someone inside the vehicle pump the peddle a few times. Then, open up the bleeder valve again to let some more out, repeat
the process until all the air bubbles are out of the line. On the rear of our Mustang, we're installing the Baer brakes
Arada Speed Plus 2 upgrade system which increases the size of our rotor by 2 inches.
That's gonna give us more stopping power. Now this kit comes with a relocation bracket for our caliper,
and two additional bolts. Now first we need to do is we need to disconnect our caliper. We're gonna to use a
13-mm socket for that. And a 15-mm will remove these bolts for the
Pop our old rotor off and compare it to the Baer Brake one and as you can see,
there is a sizeable difference. Install the relocation bracket provided with the kit,
and these 19-mm bolts, and then torque it down to 85 foot pounds.

Prior to installing your new rotors, clean them with some brake cleaner
even if you don't think that they need it. Now to some, this rotor may look like it's on backwards, but I assure you, it's
going in the right direction with these slots facing forward. Now reinstall your calliper bracket, using
the factory bolts and some Locktite. Now that we've snugged these botls up, we're gonna
tighten them down to the manufacturer's recommended spec. Before reinstalling
the brake caliper, you wanna compress your piston using a disc brake piston tool on a 3/8ths
drive ratchet. Just like with the caliper bracket,
torque your caliper bolts down to the manufacturer's recommended specs
and repeat on the other side.
We're done installing the Baer Pro Plus kit on our Mustang. Now if you're considering
installing a big brake kit on your ride, you need to check something out, you need to make sure that your
wheel has clearance for the caliper. Now Baer makes it real easy by providing a template that you can download
and print out at their website. Now if you don't have enough front spacing, they provide these wheel spacers that
will give you the room that you need.

As part of your regular vehicle maintenance plan, you should inspect your brake
pads, your rotors, and the rest of your brake components. Now we've got our 2004 Honda Pilot in the shop
today that is in bad need of some new brake pads. Now whenever you replace your brake pads, you should also replace
or have your rotors turned. Now the tools that you're gonna need are a 12-mm and a 17-mm
socket, as well as a ratchet, some brake clean, some old rags, some safety glasses, and a C Clamp
or a brake caliper piston tool. Now we're gonna start by taking our 12-mm socket and removing
our brake caliper. Now before removing any of the brake components, you need
to remove the cap from the brake fluid resevoire to allow pressure to release while compressing
the caliper pistons. Remove the two bolts - you've got one right here on the bottom and one on the top -
with your 12-mm ratchet.

Using your 17-mm socket,
remove these two bolts on the backside of the brake caliper bracket.

Now in our Honda, we've got these two factory retraining screws
that are holding this rotor on. Now you can try removing them with a Phillip's head screwdriver
such as this one, but they're on there real good, so we're gonna use our Makita electric impact, pop these guys on out.

Then remove the rotor. To replace your old brake pads, just slide them out
and snap in the new ones. And it looks like we got to this one just in time.
As you can see, there's almost nothing left on the old ones, and check out how thick the new ones are.

Inspect all your brake lines for damage, cracking, or swelling, and replace if necessary.
On the back of the caliper, check the banjo fitting as well as the bleeding to make sure there's no signs of leakage.
Inspect the piston and the piston seal for any signs of cracking and leakage, and replace
any parts as necessary. Use a brake piston compression tool or a large C clamp like the one we're using here to compress your
piston all the way back. Now if you're using a C clamp like we are, grab one of your
old brake pads and use that to create an even compression surface.
Use an old rag
to clean any loose debris off the surface of the piston.
Before reinstalling your rotors, give them a good cleaning on both the front and the back with some
brake clean to get rid of any grease or debris.
Remember when reinstalling your rotors, align those holes for retainer screws.

Reinstall your caliper bracket with your pads using the 17-mm bolts that go right in there.

Snug them down, and then torque them down to the manufacturer's specified
And then finally, reinstall the caliper, then put your wheel back on, and then
repeat the process on the other side. After finishing your brake repair on both sides
of your vehicle, put that cap back on you brake fluid resevoir, hop into your car, and pump that brake
pedal a few times. That's gonna seat those brake pads against your rotors. Then for the first 500 miles,
just take it real easy, and after 20 miles you wanna retorque those lug nuts.

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up in the air, get our wheel off, and get started. Now don't forget to pop that cap
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