STOP IT!

Dan up­grades the ST’s stop­ping power with an RS brake con­ver­sion, but first he needed to paint the calipers to match…

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QUICK SPEC Peron / AET Mo­tor­sport stage one remap ■ Steeda cold air in­let sys­tem ■ H&R 25mm low­er­ing springs ■ Steeda short-shifter and bracket ■ Pow­er­flex Han­dling Kit ■ H&R 20mm wheel spac­ers ■ Fo­cus RS Brembo calipers ■ EBC USR discs ■ EBC BlueStuff front pads/Yel­lowStuff rear pads ■ EBC braided brake lines

Crikey, th­ese brakes are good. I mean prop­erly, mind-blow­ingly good.

The stan­dard stop­pers on a Fo­cus ST250 are de­cent kit. And in good con­di­tion, with OE pads, they’re man enough for most tasks.

The prob­lem was I’d killed them. They’d started jud­der­ing so badly that the Fon­deo was al­most un­drive­able.

The so­lu­tion was, with­out doubt, one of the finest OE mod­i­fi­ca­tions on the planet – Mk3 Fo­cus RS Mk3 Brembo four-pot front calipers (an of­fi­cial Ford up­grade for the ST) mated to whop­ping 350mm EBC USR discs and breath­tak­ingly bril­liant EBC BlueStuff pads.

Hon­estly, I’ve not yet even bed­ded-in the new brakes, but their stop­ping power is im­mense. With­out even try­ing, they bite, they grab, they stop. We’ll show you how to do the up­grade in a full fit­ting fea­ture in a fu­ture is­sue, so ST own­ers keep an eye out – this is one mod you’ll want to make!

As part of the EBC kit I’ve also fit­ted match­ing EBC’s braided hoses and USR rear discs (stan­dard size is fine for an ST) and Yel­lowStuff pads, which were pre­vi­ously my favourite com­pound. Un­til try­ing BlueStuff, of course.

Now, from check­ing the pho­tos you’ve prob­a­bly no­ticed th­ese Brem­bos are bright red, which are in­tended to com­ple­ment the ST’s Style Pack rears. Of course, Ford sup­plies Brem­bos only in plain sil­ver or Nitrous Blue – and even Red Edi­tions aren’t painted to match.

So, rather than strip­ping the calipers for pow­der-coat­ing (which is flak­ing like bug­gery off the rear brakes), I opted to paint them in Fo­li­atec Brake Caliper Two-Part Spray, an in­ge­nious sys­tem that mixes paint and hard­ener within the can.

Okay, it’s proper two-pack, so you need to wear a mask and be care­ful where you use it. But the re­sults speak for them­selves. It’s sim­ple to use, it doesn’t run, and it seems to be pretty tough. It’s with­out doubt the best aerosol paint I’ve ever used. Check out the sim­ple guide on how to paint your brakes us­ing the stuff.

Oh, and did I men­tion th­ese brakes are good..?

The Brembo four-pots look and feel like a fac­tory up­grade Dan's com­pleted his brak­ing im­prove­ments with a full set of EBC discs and pads all round ...us­ing Fo­li­atec's new Two-Part Brake Caliper Spray Dan's sprayed the calipers red to match the ST's Style Pack op­tion...

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