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Well, I'm kind of embarassed to be asking for help since I've been reading on this for a while. I got the kit, pads, rotors and went to do the driver's side this evening and just have a question..

It says to drill a 1/2 passage through EACH holes on the stock spindle. The spindle holes that use to support the caliper bracket in OEM form. Well, the bolts that go through the adapter plate and mounts in the OEM stock spindle holes fit perfectly, why cut them? I'm probably doing something wrong and need corrected but all directions I've seen are a lil shoddy.
This is what I'm looking at. I grinded the ear like it says and the spacer fits and lines up perfectly.



 

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I haven't installed this kit, but I think you may have reversed the bolts and the studs. To me, it looks like the studs are supposed to be used to hold the new bracket to the spindle. If so, the drilling could be to remove the threads and allow the studs to seat properly.
 

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I haven't installed this kit, but I think you may have reversed the bolts and the studs. To me, it looks like the studs are supposed to be used to hold the new bracket to the spindle. If so, the drilling could be to remove the threads and allow the studs to seat properly.
Thing is, there isn't threads in those holes. It's smooth, lol. Your right about the wheel studs though - they do hold the bracket to the spindle.

Just the drilling part - I don't understand.
Oh, and in the picture of the adapter plate on my car, I just had the bolts backwards. The studs go through the spindle and through the adapter plate with a nut on the back of them to pull the stud into the spindle. If I drill it any bigger than it already is - it's going to be loosey goosey.

Maybe I got a revised or a newer kit? I dunno..:confused:
 

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You may wanna check those pads. if you are using cougar calipers i dont think they will fit. i just did the Sport brake upgrade and they sent me pads that looked like those and i couldnt get them to fit. The ears on the outsides are shorter i believe. I may be wrong though.
 

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Thing is, there isn't threads in those holes. It's smooth, lol. Your right about the wheel studs though - they do hold the bracket to the spindle.
You've got a point, I was forgetting how it all goes together. I'm not sure what to say. Are you able to contact the person that put the kit together. They may be in the best position to answer your question.
 

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Sonza is right, you got the bolts mixed up. You drill out the holes so you can fit the wheel studs in. The wheel studs go through the hub pointing towards the engine. Then the bracket bolts up to it using the nuts. Then the bolts go through the other holes and thread into the caliper. At least this is how I remember doing it.

Notice the nuts on the back of the wheel studs on the the spindle.



 

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Okay, thank you for you guys trying to help me.

I went out to my car and took one of the studs (that holds the brackets to the spindle) and it fits all the way to the shouldered area, just like it would after you would drill it (by it I mean spindle). So, I don't think I have to drill anything. When you put the nut on the back of the spindle onto the stud and begin tightening the shoulderd area will dig into the spindle as it suppose to.

So, I won't be drilling out the stock holes tommorow. If I would, I would ruin it.
 

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Got the adpater plates on today...without drilling anything thank you very much. Nearly tore my hand off but I'm okay, lol. Ran into a MAJOR problem though...MY BRAKE PADS WOULD NOT FIT...someone posted about this and I didn't really pay any attention to it. I trimmed the ears on them but they were to freakin' thick. Even after opening the caliper up all the way. Jesus what is wrong with these people? I spent 3-4 hours trimming the brake pads only to have them not fit in the end...I'm pissed.

To top it off I ended up putting my old pads back on and it was getting dark and I think I may or may not have stripped the threads in the anchor plate, I just couldn't get the pin to go in and I think it started going in sideways at the end...I couldn't see that well. I could probably trade my UIM for a SET of front caliper brackets and pins if someone would want to do that. I'll know for sure tommorow if any damage was done.


This was taken RIGHT before I figured out they weren't going to fit. Too thick.

 

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You should of gotten the right pads instead of trying to make those fit. But it looks like you got it back together. If you need a new Caliper bracket try a scrap yard. Just remember there are two different sizes. I had to get one for my contour.
 

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You should of gotten the right pads instead of trying to make those fit. But it looks like you got it back together. If you need a new Caliper bracket try a scrap yard. Just remember there are two different sizes. I had to get one for my contour.
Yeah, but the site I ordered the pads through have a no return policy on specially ordered products. But that's still not going to keep me from calling today and b!tching at them, :mad:.
 

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the DP3956c is for the E0 SVT Contour. you need a DP3955c for the regular Contour/Cougar and later SVT Contour.

what part number did you order? or was it just listed as being for a 99 Cougar? If it was just listed for the Cougar with no part number, or you ordered the 3955 pad then they ****ed up and sent you the wrong parts. of course, since you tried to modify them to fit, they probably wont take them back now anyways, even if you ***** them out about it.
 

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the DP3956c is for the E0 SVT Contour. you need a DP3955c for the regular Contour/Cougar and later SVT Contour.

what part number did you order? or was it just listed as being for a 99 Cougar? If it was just listed for the Cougar with no part number, or you ordered the 3955 pad then they ****ed up and sent you the wrong parts. of course, since you tried to modify them to fit, they probably wont take them back now anyways, even if you ***** them out about it.
Yeah, and even when I got them to fit...they were too thick. :)

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So, I need a caliper bracket. If anyone has a driver side caliper bracket PM me. The pads were too thick and caused the caliper to be kind of sideways and when I started tightening it the pin cross threaded the caliper bracket holes. I could send payment today. I need one ASAP.
 

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Got the passenger side completely finished and put toegether. Took me about an hour and a half. Getting that stud in the spindle for me is the most time consuming part because it requires LOTS of strength. Anyhow, it's finished. Just waiting on the extra caliper bracket from Wade and then she'll be good to go.

- The difference between 278mm rotors and 300mm rotors.

- Adapter bracket on.

- Back toegether.

Sorry bout' the fence. :( They look amazing.
 

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Finished. You can really feel the solidity when braking after the upgrade, it's nice.

I'll be getting SS brake lines very soon. That's the next thing I plan on getting. The upgrade broke me. :(



 

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Jealous!

I'm gonna have to go tear around the neighborhood in my SVT Focus to gratify myself :rofl:

I wonder if I could swap in the entire knuckle, spindle, caliper, and rotor from my busted SVT onto my Cougar... I might try that if nationwide would SHAKE A LEG!!!
 

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Jealous!

I'm gonna have to go tear around the neighborhood in my SVT Focus to gratify myself :rofl:

I wonder if I could swap in the entire knuckle, spindle, caliper, and rotor from my busted SVT onto my Cougar... I might try that if nationwide would SHAKE A LEG!!!
:rofl:

That's good stuff.
 

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Jealous!

I'm gonna have to go tear around the neighborhood in my SVT Focus to gratify myself :rofl:

I wonder if I could swap in the entire knuckle, spindle, caliper, and rotor from my busted SVT onto my Cougar... I might try that if nationwide would SHAKE A LEG!!!
the knuckle is different, but you dont need it. the SVTF caliper with bracket bolts onto our knuckles. IIRC you just need some small spacers so it lines up properly with the rotor. search over on CEG as this has been discussed and there are a couple people who have done it.
 

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the knuckle is different, but you dont need it. the SVTF caliper with bracket bolts onto our knuckles. IIRC you just need some small spacers so it lines up properly with the rotor. search over on CEG as this has been discussed and there are a couple people who have done it.
Foxslayer has done it on here, I think that's his s/n. Just for reference.
 

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Glad to hear you got it all back together. Those rotors fill out the stock rims really nicely. I noticed an improvement in my braking as well when I installed mine. Now I just have to do the rears.
 
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