In an effort to prepare his Pure Evil Fox Mustang coupe for the 2019 NMRA season, Mike Washington enlisted the help of EB Custom Works in Ronkonkoma, New York, to get through a laundry list of upgrades. First was the addition of Team Z Motorsports torque boxes, before the Mustang received a Strange Engineering rear-end. Now, to provide plenty of stopping power in the shut down, TBM Brakes are on the menu.
Mike chose TBM Brakes with 5×4.5-inch
hubs for the front (PN 001-0200). The company’s Ford Front Drag Racing Brake
Kit features extremely lightweight construction, making it unsuitable for use
with factory rear brakes. The kit includes F1 two-piston calipers, #85-compound
track pads, and 10.75x.310-inch steel revolution rotors, as well as aluminum
caliper mounting brackets and aluminum 5×4.5 hubs. It also includes Timken
bearings, races, and seals along with wheel studs, and all necessary mounting
hardware. In all, the kit weighs approximately 20 pounds.
In the rear, Mike selected a TBM Early Big
Ford Ends kit (PN 001-0203A). It features F3 four-piston calipers, #85 compound
track pads, and 11.50x.375-inch steel revolution rotors, as well as aluminum
rotor hats, steel caliper mounting brackets, and all necessary mounting
hardware. Washington also utilized TI60 titanium ½-inch wheel studs in place of
the included TBM set.
Because Pure Evil has been at EB Custom
Works having previous work done, the existing brake components were already
removed. Shop owner Eric Bardekoff ensured that the spindle was clean before
beginning the installation by assembling the hubs for the front brakes. Prior
to installation, he cleaned the rotors and pads and scuffed the pads with 80-grit
This allows them to seat to the rotor during break-in.
Following the installation, Bardekoff connected
the brake lines, checked for interference with any suspension or driveline
components, and went through the process of bleeding the entire system while verifying
proper caliper operation and release. Since TBM brake pads are pre-cured, the
often-complicated bed-in procedure is virtually nonexistent.
You can check out some more highlights from the installation in the photos and captions below. And, to see what other upgrades Pure Evil is gaining, stay tuned to Race Pages Digital.