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Discussion in 'Fox-Body Cobras' started by mustang5o, Oct 8, 2018.

  1. mustang5o

    mustang5o Member Established Member

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    I'm not sure I should be posting here or maybe in the SN95/New Edge. I'm looking at buying a 1993 Cobra that has been built to be a track car (road course). It's a one owner car and he has all the history of his build. Here is what he says is installed for brakes.

    Front: 94-04 Cobra spindles and brake package, and brake cooling ducts.
    Rear: 94-04 Cobra brakes.

    The only wheels he currently has with the car are 95 Cobra R Wheels with 275/40/17 tires (he did a little fender "work").

    I'm wondering, what are some good but not overly expensive brakes I could look at to improve the braking of this car? This is one area he admits is kind of a weak link. I'd prefer that whatever brakes I'd get fit under the current wheels but I'd also like to look at a set of lighter wheels for road racing so I would also like any wheel suggestions you might have.

    If this deal works out I'm going to be making it even more of a road racer by getting better racing seats, better brakes, extra wheels and some major aero (big wing and a front splitter).

    Thanks!
     
  2. WillyB93

    WillyB93 Active Member Established Member

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    There are a ton more options for better braking in the aftermarket world, back when he was modifying the car the 94-04 dual piston caliper was probably the best setup. You need to decide on a wheel option, and size to determine how much space you will have, now that it is 5 lug there are more options for bigger wheels then 17" now days. You might look at some drilled rotors or slotted to see if that helps the setup now.
     
  3. robertlyons

    robertlyons Member Established Member

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    I originally converted my 93 street model to a 93 R model setup (functionally the same as the 94-04 CObra setup) and ran the 94 GT 17x8 rims. Those brakes, with the proper pads, handled every track I ran. Later, I used the 4-piston Brembo calipers from a 2000 R model and 1998 Cobra 17x8 rims. No fitment issues.
     
  4. TimKonaGT500

    TimKonaGT500 Member Established Member

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    The Cobra 99-04 brakes are not bad at all especially on the lighter foxes.

    If you wanted to go to a 4-piston front caliper, that would give you more clamping forces. I guess it depends what you mean by "overly expensive". Baer has front 4-piston setups starting at around $1500 for 13" rotors, 14" would be a few hundred more. Rear 13" 2 piston will start around $1600 and go up from there.

    More of a budget would be to optimize the rotors and pads.... may not get much better clamping force, but will help fade on those track days.
     
  5. mustang5o

    mustang5o Member Established Member

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    I looked at the Baer 13" as I think the 14" require 18" wheels. Ideally I would like them to fit under the current 17x9 Cobra R wheels on the car. I'd be OK with $1500-$1600 for a 4 piston setup on the front. Would I need a new master cylinder? Other wheels I'd look at for track use are SVE FR500 wheels in 17x9.

    I would however consider running 18" if the 18x10 SVE Drifts I have now for my 13 Boss Laguna Seca would fit. I'm guessing I'd need a wide body kit, long studs and wheel spacers? Please tell me if I'm wrong. I don't mind the idea of going that route as the car would be mainly a track toy. I would keep it street legal for the occasional Mustang club gathering.
     
  6. robertlyons

    robertlyons Member Established Member

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    Get the Brembo 2000R calipers. They are 4 piston, use the stock 94-04 Cobra rotors and bolt right to the 94-04 spindles. Your master cylinder is perfect for the setup. And best yet, they'll fit the rims you have.
     
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  7. mustang5o

    mustang5o Member Established Member

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    Have you used this combo before? I ask because I thought when I read the details on the 2000R calipers that they required 18" wheels. I'll read up on them more.
     
  8. 2DXTRM

    2DXTRM Pushrod 5.0 Established Member

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    I have a 95 Cobra, but I do run the 2000 R Brembo brakes on mine and use the 17 inch Cobra R wheel, no fitment issues.
     
  9. robertlyons

    robertlyons Member Established Member

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    That's the setup I have on my Cobra right now. Works great!
     
  10. mustang5o

    mustang5o Member Established Member

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    Thanks everyone. Right now he's wanting a little more than what I originally thought he said so the deal may not happen.
     

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