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