MM online instructions call for removing of the brake caliper and bleeding
of the brake system, this is not required. For those of you who also have
upgraded your stock 60mm piston calipers to Mark VII 73mm piston calipers,
these will also fit your calipers. This guide is shown installing on Mark
When you compare the heavy duty construction of these sleeves you will
notice immediately that the factory bushings could definitely cause uneven
braking due to the flexible nature of rubber.
first step to installing these brake caliper sleeves is safety. Chock
both rear tires and pull the hand brake inside. Loosen all lug nuts and
raise the car onto jack stands. Remove the tires and keep the lug nuts
in a plastic bag or on top of the car to avoid misplacing them.
the next picture the brake caliper and rotor are exposed. There are two
5/8" bolts that hold the caliper onto the rotor. You must loosen
the bolts so they clear the threaded part of the caliper and then pull
the bolts out of the rubber bushing by hand.
Remove both now to allow the caliper to move into a position where the
old bushings can be removed and the new bushings can be installed. Once
both bolts are removed, pull the top portion of the caliper towards the
rear of the car as shown. This will allow room to remove the old rubber
bushing. To remove the old bushing, I used two regular flat screwdrivers.
Push one side of the bushing towards the center.
that side of the rubber bushing while pushing the opposite side with the
other screw driver.
Once the fat part of the bushing is inside the hole, gently pull back
of the bushing with pliers or with your hands. Now you will have an empty
caliper bolt bushing bore.
the new bushing, align it inside the bore so it will enter fairly straight.
It will straighten out if it is not completely center.
With your C-Clamp, position it so that the back side of the clamp contacts
the caliper. Begin tightening the clamp. The sleeve should slide in with
ease and have a nice, tight fit. The brake caliper sleeve with not go
in as far as necessary with the C-Clamp. This is due to the clamp blocking
the sleeve from going further. This picture shows as far as it will go
with the C-clamp.
finish the job, you will need to only gently tap the sleeve in further
with a hammer.
The end result is as shown. The sleeve is completely flush against the
caliper and will not go in further.
Now we must tackle the bottom caliper bolt sleeve. Begin to rotate the
caliper so that the bottom portion is in a position to remove the old
bushing. The brake pad may move in the way while positioning the caliper,
simply position it where it will not interfere.
the old rubber bushing out of the bore with the screwdrivers and pull
out by hand or with pliers.
Insert the new bushing and push it in as straight and hard as you can
Position the C-clamp with the part where you tighten towards the center
of the car. It may help to turn the wheel to gain clearance.
again we are faced with the bushing not being able to go in completely
because the C-clamp blocks it from going further.
Use the hammer once again to tap in the remaining part of the bushing
into the bore.
Once the sleeve is installed all the way you are done.
the caliper onto the rotor and reposition the bolt holes so they line
up. It should look like this.
With the bolts in place your brakes should look like this.
Written Dec. 2004 by Freddy Lozano for All Ford Mustangs